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Published October 01, 2013, 05:02 PM

Wyndmere native writes about her struggles growing up gay

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A rural North Dakota woman is speaking at NDSU Tuesday, about her battles growing up gay in Wyndmere.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A rural North Dakota woman is speaking at NDSU Tuesday, about her battles growing up gay in Wyndmere.

Melanie Hoffert's struggles with her sexuality ignited a passion for writing.

Now, she’s putting her experiences on paper in a book entitled" "Prairie Silence: A Memoir"

Right now Melanie Hoffert's book is flying off the shelves.

Zandbroz just sold out with readers hoping to hear the story of a small girl who grew up gay in such a small town.

Melanie Hoffert- Prairie Silence Author: “I knew from a very little age that I was different. So imagine being different and then growing up and you know I did everything everybody else did. I went to prom, I went to homecoming, I dated.”

Hoffert was trying to fit in with everyone else in Wyndmere's small, tight knit community keeping her sexual identity secret from everyone close to her until she turned 19.

Hoffert: "It was just a series of compounded events over my life of really not being able to be true, true to who I was."

Hoffert soon made her way to Minneapolis where she transformed her internal struggles to words the whole world can now read a memoir called Prairie Silence, released in January.

Hoffert: "Thankfully I have a very loving family and a very loving community. So, I had a very good experience, but as a whole, we're in a culture that it's a very polarizing issue."

So she hopes her book and presentations at places like NDSU can help bridge both sides.

She will speak at NDSU's memorial union beginning at 6:30 PM.

And also has events at Concordia, Wednesday and Friday, part of the school's Visiting Writers Festival.

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