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Growing Up Moonie, And What Comes Next

Hideo Higashibaba was born into the Unification Church. Its members are commonly known as “Moonies” because of their devotion to the self-proclaimed messiah Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

Hideo left the church in his 20s and has since come out as queer and transgender. He now calls the church a cult, and mined his own story to create a podcast called Growing Up Moonie. He talks with host Lee Hale about why he decided to delve into his painful past, and what he learned from it.

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