The countryside is a beautiful collection of castles and other ancient structures.
"I'm proud to be gay and I'm proud to be Hutterite.Hofer still identifies as Hutterite but no longer as Christian."I'm very proud of where I'm from," he said."I miss it a lot."Hofer said he tried to persuade his family that it's possible to hold religious beliefs and support LGBT people. He also argued it isn't sinful because the bible doesn't say anything about homosexuality in a negative way, he said."It does say negative things about homosexual rape, which is really bad," he said.During medieval times the Steinbach family faced problems much like those of other families in their area.They were persecuted and feared for their lives due to wars and religious beliefs and ultimately decided to relocate to the German area of Erzgebirge.I'm proud to be a gay Hutterite."But it wasn't easy for Hofer to come to that conclusion.Hofer grew up in Starlite, a Hutterite colony near Starbuck. It wasn't who I was." Hofer's view of Christianity changed when his friend left the colony and came out.Sekretariat: Telefon: 49 351 260-3170 Fax: 49 351 260-13170 Postanschrift: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Institut für Radiopharmazeutische Krebsforschung PF 510119 01314 Dresden Besucheradresse: Bautzner Landstr.400 01328 Dresden Homepage am Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Sekretariat: Telefon: 49 351 260-2622/-3223 Fax: 49 351 260-12622 Postanschrift: Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf Institut für Radiopharmazeutische Krebsforschung Abteilung Radiopharmazeutische und Chemische Biologie PF 510119 01314 Dresden Besucheradresse: Bautzner Landstr.The mining industry was very lucrative during this time.When the metal mines wound down, miners were forced to search for other ways in which to support themselves and their families.