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Anonymous asked: i'm really confused. sometimes i feel as if i'm straight, but then when i look at some girls, i find an attraction to them. so then i think i'm bisexual. if i am bisexual, to be honest i don't think i could come out to my family. my sister was a lesbian, and she committed suicide. my mother told me my sister died because of her awful sins. she tells me that homosexuality is a sin. i hate when she says this because my sister, her own daughter was a lesbian. i'm a huge believer in christ but i don't understand why homosexuality would be considered a sin if god created us this way. i'm just afraid, i want to be able to love who i want, but i don't want to be turning my back on christ. i don't know what i should do.

First off, I’m extremely sorry for your loss. I’d hate to know what it’s like to lose a sister; mine is my best friend. 

I’m interested to know what denomination of Christianity you are. No Christian sect believes that being gay is a sin. Most believe that it’s sinful to engage in gay relationships, gay sex, or have a same sex marriage, but none condemn just being homosexual.

Jesus never told us to hate. If you ever have doubts about whether or not something is sin, remember Romans 13:8-10 —

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

This is what Paul believed sin was. Going against love. By loving, you would never commit any other sin such as stealing, adultery or murder. And by not committing sin, you are not turning your back on Christ. I posted my FAQ on Christianity as soon as I received your message. I hope you check it out, because I think it can answer a lot of questions you may have. Thank you for writing me! Feel free to write back if you have any more questions <3

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"Gay families aren’t real families."

That’s what the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is saying. Their slander even comes equipped with a bus tour. So we are fighting back to show NOM that inequality should not and will not be tolerated.

At every stop of NOM’s bus tour, Freedom to Marry has teamed up with local and state partners to counter NOM’s falsities with the truth about same-sex couples and their families.

Take a moment to find out more by reading Evan Wolfson’s post on how Freedom to Marry is responding:

http://freedomtomarry.org/LoveAndCommitment


So far we have had incredible success. Last Tuesday, in Trenton, New Jersey, marriage equality supporters outnumbered anti-gay advocates 3-1.

Then on Wednesday, in Maryland, NOM’s rally promoting discrimination had less than 20 attendees while marriage supporters fanned out across the state to engage in conversations about how ending exclusion from marriage would strengthen families, not harm them.

Together, we’re rejecting NOM’s divisiveness in favor of a simple message to our neighbors: “Love + Commitment = Marriage.” And we are winning.

Read Evan Wolfson’s new blog post about Freedom to Marry’s Summer for Marriage Tour and how we’re responding to NOM’s distortions and distractions. Then be sure to share it with your friends and family onFacebook and Twitter.

http://freedomtomarry.org/LoveAndCommitment

Thanks for all you do,

Michael Crawford
New Media Director, Freedom to Marry

P.S. Help support our Summer for Marriage tour with a $5, $10, or $25 donation today. Your support fuels our work to win the freedom to marry nationwide.

http://freedomtomarry.org/StopNOM

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FAQ - Christianity

Can I be gay and Christian?

Yes. Absolutely. 100 percent. Any way you want to say it, it’s okay to be gay and Christian. Where the argument comes into play here is whether or not you believe God condemns or sanctifies gay relationships. As Gay Christian Network refers to it, there are ‘Side A’ Christians and ‘Side B’ Christians. Side A Christians believe that God sanctifies loving, committed same sex relationships, while Side B Christians believe that gays are called to celibacy and that God condemns gay relationships. There isn’t a true right or wrong, and it depends on your denomination and what you think it means to be Christian. But there are no true Christian sects that condemn gay people for being gay. 

I thought Leviticus called homosexuality an ‘abomination’?

Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13 both state that is is an abomination for a man to lie with another man as with a woman. It does not condemn being gay. There’s a big difference here. Leviticus had 613 rules that the Pharisees followed. It condemns shaving, wearing mixed fabrics, interbreeding animals, tattoos, mixing seeds in a field, and many other things.

The New Testament tells us over and over again that the rules of the Old Testament no longer apply. Like the vision Peter had when God lowered down the sheet full of forbidden animals and he told Peter to eat them, and when Peter refuses, God says “Don’t call unclean what I have made clean.” (Acts 10:9-16)

Abomination was the King James’ translations of a Hebrew word that meant ‘something forbidden’, in this case, to the Israelites. Eagles and shellfish were called abominations because they weren’t allowed to be eaten. Some things that Leviticus says we would still follow today (like eating eagles), but America would be in a troubled spot if eagles were still considered ‘abominations’. 

Both Side A Christians and Side B Christians, (see above question) would agree that Leviticus condemns gay sex, but does not condemn being gay. They would both also agree that Leviticus condemns a lot of things that we no longer condemn today and probably isn’t the best place to go to for moral guidance. Where the sides disagree is whether or not gay relationships are condemned, not just because of what is said in Leviticus, but because of how their Christian denomination interprets it. There is a lot more to this debate, so if you have any more questions, feel free to ask. Above all, remember that God would never make you an abomination, and that He loves you.

Doesn’t 1 Corinthians 6:9 condemn homosexuality?

See this post!

Were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed for being gay?

Click here or here for the answer!

What does Romans 1:26-27 say about homosexuality?

Read this post!

What are ‘ex-gay ministries?’

An ex-gay ministry is a movement to try and change a person’s sexual orientation based on therapy sessions, medicines, or even aversion or shock treatment. These are psychologically, and sometimes physically, damaging to a gay person. Ex-gay treatment has been deemed dangerous by many leading organizations as these statements will show: 

“The American Psychiatric Association opposes any psychiatric treatment, such as ‘reparative’ or conversion therapy, which is based upon the assumption that homosexuality per se is a mental disorder or based upon the a priori assumption that a patient should change his/her sexual homosexual orientation. In doing so, the APA joins many other professional organizations that either oppose or are critical of ‘reparative’ therapies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the National Association of Social Workers.

“The potential risks of ‘reparative therapy’ are great, including depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior, since therapist alignment with societal prejudices against homosexuality may reinforce self-hatred already experienced by the patient. Many patients who have undergone ‘reparative therapy’ report that they were inaccurately told that homosexuals are lonely, unhappy individuals who never achieve acceptance or satisfaction. The possibility that the person might achieve happiness and satisfying interpersonal relationships as a gay man or lesbian is not presented, nor are alternative approaches to dealing with the effects of societal stigmatization discussed.”

— American Psychiatric Association

“Therapy directed specifically at changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.”

— American Academy of Pediatrics

“Research findings suggest that efforts to repair homosexuals are nothing more than social prejudice garbed in psychological accouterments.”

“For over three decades, the consensus of the mental-health community has been that homosexuality is not an illness and therefore not in need of a cure. The APA’s concern about the positions espoused by NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality) and so-called conversion therapies is that they are not supported by the science. There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.”

— American Psychological Association

Former ex-gay leaders from Exodus, one of the largest ex-gay ministries, have even come out and apologized, stating that they did not see any of their patients become heterosexual. 

Are there any support groups for LGBT Christians?

For any LGBT Christians faced with ex-gay ministries, there is help at Beyond Ex-Gay. Gay Christian Network also has a website and youtube videos to help with some of the hard questions I’ve answered above. They also share views of both side A Christians and side B Christians. Courage is a Catholic organization that wishes to help LGBT Christians stay celibate (if you’re on side B) and they do not wish to change your sexual orientation. Personally though, I’m a little cautious about their work because I read the Member Testimonies and most were very stereotypical about gay people (such as a man with an absent father and an overbearing mother), and almost all of them had gay people living very promiscuous and drug-filled lives. 

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Day 29 - SHOUT SOMETHING! IT CAN BE HAPPY AND ABOUT PRIDE OR ABOUT WHY YOU HATE HOMOPHOBIA!

I angrily shouted in my last post, so this will be a change of pace to a happy CAPS LOCK rant. 

I AM BISEXUAL. I WILL ALWAYS BE BISEXUAL. I’M DAMN PROUD OF IT AND I HOPE I’M BISEXUAL FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I LOVE BEING QUEER; IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME!! IT EFFECTS EVERYTHING I DO, AND FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE, I’M PROUD. MEN, WOMEN, ETC. ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I FIND THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PART OF SOMEONE THEIR SMILE, NOT THEIR GENITALS. I’M A PEOPLE PERSON, WHAT CAN I SAY? 

Now back to cool, calm, and collected me… 

The other days

The challenge

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danisoledad-deactivated20100830 asked: (So, I thought if I'd tell anyone this, it would definitely be you!)

I came out to my mom today. It was a very of-the-moment thing for me to do. We were in the parking lot of Bally's Total Fitness (haha). The first thing she said was, "You're just confused." (I'm bi.) It hurt. But then after we worked out (I guess after she had time to take it in), she seemed to have a better attitude towards it. She just wants me to be happy. I feel very lucky and very blessed that she accepts me for who I am completely. She is my best friend in the world and I love her a lot, so it would have completely destroyed me had she not been supportive. That's it. (:

I love your layout, btw! :D

Thank you ^^

I’m so happy for you for coming out and I’m enthralled that she accepts you for who you are!! :D Thanks for sharing this here :] It sure gives me hope, so I hope it does for others as well <3

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My boyfriend(Adam) and I(Cameron) have been together for 2 years now. Every day has been the most beautiful experience of my life. Sure we have had some turns in personality, but who hasn&#8217;t?! Anyway, there are a few things I would think you would like to hear. One is that Adam is a born and raised Muslim. Now to most people who aren&#8217;t educated (I sure wasn&#8217;t), being a homosexual in that religion is strictly forbidden and is &#8220;cured&#8221; with death. As a result, I can never attend his church when we get married, or even tell his church members that we are together. His parents are completely fine with him and I. This is something I have had to accept, and I am more than happy to be with him. Another thing is that we are planning on getting married. Having children. And of course live together till we are old. I love him with all my heart. He is my love.
I think that&#8217;s wonderful that you two can survive the struggle of religion&#8217;s view on homosexuality. I&#8217;m really glad though that you&#8217;re both accepted by his family and have your lives planned out together! I wish you both the best of luck :] &lt;3

My boyfriend(Adam) and I(Cameron) have been together for 2 years now. Every day has been the most beautiful experience of my life. Sure we have had some turns in personality, but who hasn’t?! Anyway, there are a few things I would think you would like to hear. One is that Adam is a born and raised Muslim. Now to most people who aren’t educated (I sure wasn’t), being a homosexual in that religion is strictly forbidden and is “cured” with death. As a result, I can never attend his church when we get married, or even tell his church members that we are together. His parents are completely fine with him and I. This is something I have had to accept, and I am more than happy to be with him. Another thing is that we are planning on getting married. Having children. And of course live together till we are old. I love him with all my heart. He is my love.

I think that’s wonderful that you two can survive the struggle of religion’s view on homosexuality. I’m really glad though that you’re both accepted by his family and have your lives planned out together! I wish you both the best of luck :] <3

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I am a rising freshman in high school and I have known I was gay since forever.  I play guitar and skateboard my heart out. My parents don&#8217;t know I&#8217;m gay yet but I hope to tell them soon. Little Monster forever.&lt;3 vagina ftw!(:
http://tripether.tumblr.com/
Good luck on coming out! :] Thanks for submitting your story and picture! &lt;3

I am a rising freshman in high school and I have known I was gay since forever.  I play guitar and skateboard my heart out. My parents don’t know I’m gay yet but I hope to tell them soon. Little Monster forever.<3 vagina ftw!(:

http://tripether.tumblr.com/

Good luck on coming out! :] Thanks for submitting your story and picture! <3

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