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Mary Dispenza: The Gift Of Secrecy

Jeannie Yandel

In 1992, Mary Dispenza came out of the closet. She was 56 at the time and headed the Pastoral Life Services program at the Archdiocese of Seattle. And she'd lived her life as a devoted, active Catholic. Coming out was liberating for Mary, but it had consequences for her life in the church. And being gay wasn't the only secret she'd held onto. Mary tells KUOW's Jeannie Yandel about what it really means to her to tell the truth, and why, even today, telling the truth is sometimes a struggle.

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