Religious Minorities

User stories have been collected via our survey and are only published on our site when we’re given explicit permission by users, including whether or not we are permitted to publish their name and location (many prefer to be anonymous). They are lightly edited for clarity or readability. Note that category tags are for easy searchability only and may not be exhaustive.

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User Story: Anonymous

I am a Kundalini Guru and unfortunately there are some very unstable people in the world and for my legal name to be used rather than my spiritual name and title, can open me to some dangers. I have been stalked and was attacked by a seeker. It would be…

User Story: Misha Dancing Waters

My name is Misha Dancing Waters. This has been my legal name since 2010. It appears on my Wisconsin driver’s license, United States passport, tax return, bank accounts, lease, and birth certificate. It is what I am called by my family and friends. It is my name. My name was…

User Story: Anonymous

After being raised in a cult-like religion, I broke free in my late teens. Now that I’m in my 30s, I’ve connected with others with the same background. Since the religion is so strict with its members that any individual caught associating with people deemed “undesirable” is immediately cut off…

User Story: Jackie Beltaine

My public name is Jackie Beltaine. It was given to me many years ago due to my involvement as an organizer of the LI Beltaine Festival. I kept it as a public name to maintain my privacy as I was raising a young child and didn’t need the “crazies” showing…

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