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Smaller CA cities raise the bar on celebrating Pride

After Sabine Martin initially came out as gay at the age of 12, her Mormon parents pulled her out of her public school and decided to homeschool her. The family also relocated from Concord, California to a trailer park in the Contra Costa County city of Clayton at the foot of Mt. Diablo."I had some harassment at the time, but I also had people who had my back," Martin recalled in a recent interview with the Bay Area Reporter.
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