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Michelle Shocked

AKA Karen Michelle Johnston

Born: 24-Feb-1962
Birthplace: Dallas, TX

Gender: Female
Religion: Born-Again Christian [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Musician
Party Affiliation: Green

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Short Sharp Shocked

Her mother committed a teenaged Michelle to a Dallas mental hospital, where she endured electroshock therapy. Was later committed to an institution in San Francisco, for a grand total of five weeks.

"When I first went to this church I heard [a visiting Evangelist] literally stand up there in the pulpit and say 'In the Bible it says Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.' And no one laughed. And I was like; 'You're joking, right? This is like a comedy sketch. You're trying to show us how narrow-minded and bigoted people can be. You're an African-American church. You know how people can be.' No one laughed. And at that moment I had to make a decision; is this kind of thinking going to drive me away from my salvation, or am I going to just accept that this is where people are at? [...] And so, the comfort that I have found now, is that, as I've read the scriptures, it's no greater of a sin to be a homosexual than to be a fornicator. It's pretty clear that they're both pretty much violations of what God's vision for our lives are. So, what I do now is I continue to fornicate, and pray feverishly." [2007]

[1] West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles, CA

Father: Bill Johnston
Mother: (fundamentalist Mormon)
Brother: Max Johnston (musician, Uncle Tupelo and Wilco)
Husband: Bart Bull (m. 1992, div. 2003)
Boyfriend: David Willardson

    High School: Gilmer, TX
BA Oral Interpretation of Poetry, University of Texas at Austin (1983)

    Kucinich for President
    Shock Treatment Baylor Hospital, Dallas, TX
    Obscenity protesting at the Republican National Convention, Dallas, TX (1984)
    Conspiracy protesting at the Democratic National Convention, San Francisco, CA (1984)
    Sterilized (age 22)
    Raped Comiso, Italy (1985)
    Born-Again Christian 1991
    Risk Factors: LSD, Alcoholism, Homophobia, Schizophrenia

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