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#31 of 35 Old 05-19-2004, 04:40 AM
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I know it was meant to be harmless. I can appreciate that it was lighthearted. But somebody asked the question.

I felt a little better about the thread when I read through it a second time. And saw some replies that hadn't been there when I hit the reply button. But when I read it this morning it turned me off, as I said.
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I was at a UU church in Miami this weekend and saw a wonderful man speak there. He was raised in a fundamentalist Baptist home and his father was a preacher. This guy knew from an early age that he liked men and was told that homosexuals are all child molesters and will get what they deserve and die of aids. This kid did not want to suffer this fate so he ended up going to Jerry Falwell’s Liberty college so he could learn how to “not be gay”. By the way- his parents would not pay for it because Jerry Falwell was too liberal. I heard the nitty gritty of the story and this man has walked and amazing path and I feel honored to have been there and met him. He is trying to educate people about how homosexuals are treated in religious schools and raise money for his cause which helps reach people like him in these schools to let them know that they are not alone, there are others like them. Here is his website if anyone is interested in learning more: http://heartstrong.org/
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Chfriend wrote:

"Don't know how; don't know why. Grateful everyday to G-d for the gift of my sexuality and my absolutely beautiful and wonderful partner and the love between us that made us desire to grow our family. (#2 due at the end of June!) Wouldn't trade it."

ParisMaman responded:

"Why participate in this thread if that's all you have to say? Why? I see too much of this around here lately. People drop in, say their little "God" this or that and leave. Not very constructive."

And I am humbly asking what the problem is. I thought Chfriend's post was a really sweet and profound personal statement that goes right to the heart of the original question without pretending to answer the unanswerable. So what if she refers to G-d? Does that invalidate what someone (particularly a lesbian mama) has to say in response to the original post?
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Oh cripes! Did I ever read that wrong! I made a huge assumption - the very kind of thing that drives me nuts!

I am so so sorry!
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Just a quick check-in..."lurking" from work. I really should put my family information in a sig line...this place is getting too big to keep everybody "straight"

To clarify: I'm a lesbian mama with a 3.5 year old and dp is carrying #2...due at the end of June. We both id as Christians (dp non-denominational and me Roman Catholic). I view sexuality as a gift, a wonderful gift, so spend no time worrying about when it arrived.

FWIW: I've seen no correlation between early childhoond play and later sexual orientation in the folks I know.

Disclaimer: I am unwilling to discuss/debate whether I can be Christian and/or Catholic and gay. I am. If anyone wants more information on this perspective, I'm sure folks can suggest some great books/websites.

ETA: ParisMaman is a great MDCer and I appreciate her sticking up for g/l/b/t folks!
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