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Entries - The Subject of Boys
Written by DV, Gay/Lesbian Baha'i Story Project   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

I was born and raised in a Bahai family in Malaysia. I am a 3rd generation Bahai. I realized that I was different when I was about 13 years old. When I found out that I was attracted to someone of the same sex, my whole world came crashing down. I was devastated and heartbroken because I couldnt accept the fact. I was scared. I grew up believing that homosexuality was a disease and can be cured.

I prayed to God to send me someone to talk to and He did.

Every day I prayed and asked God to make me normal. He seemed to answer all my other prayers except this one. I became confused. I cried a lot, sometimes crying myself to sleep. I asked God why me? but He never told me the reason. I had nowhere to turn or talk to.

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Marriage law biased, say Bahai PDF Print E-mail
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Baha'i Life - Laws
Written by Daily Nation, Kenya   
Friday, 25 July 2014
Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi.

A lawyer for the Bahai has gone to court demanding that the new marriage law should provide for the faiths followers.

Ms Mary Wanjuhi Muigai on Wednesday argued that the new Marriage Act signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta in April did not cater for Bahai marriages, separation, divorce, custody and maintenance of children.

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What Do Bahais Believe? Sexual Orientation PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - The Subject of Boys
Written by Maya Bohnhoff, Baha'i Teachings   
Friday, 25 July 2014
Couple holding hands

Question: The Bahai religion believes that everyone is equal, no matter what ethnicity or gender, but what about sexual orientation?

According to the teachings of Bahaullah, we have one duty toward each other that is to love. This love, the Bahai scriptures repeatedly remind us, must be universal because Gods love is universal:

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Belonging Before Believing PDF Print E-mail
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Entries - Ruhi
Written by Caleb Gilleland, Nine Branches   
Saturday, 19 July 2014

Think big and be inclusive. Remove any cultural barriers between seekers and Bahaullahs message. If always reading prayers out of a book makes seekers in an evangelical Christian area uncomfortable, offer to sometimes say spontaneous prayers they way that theyre accustomed to. If playing John Lennons Imagine during devotions (this has really happened) makes outsiders shift in their seat, choose music that speaks more to their experience.

In addition, let seekers contribute to the life of the Bahai community as much as they are comfortable. Short of encouraging them to crash Feast or an LSA meeting, let them know that theyre welcome at every event going on in the Bahai community. Invite them to serve.

But mostly, just invite people in your community, both Bahais and seekers, to live life with you. Make friends with them. Invite them out for dinner. Drop by to watch the big game.

No, seriously.

They that are endued with sincerity and faithfulness should associate with all the peoples and kindreds of the earth with joy and radiance, inasmuch as consorting with people hath promoted and will continue to promote unity and concord, which in turn are conducive to the maintenance of order in the world and to the regeneration of nations. // Bahaullah

We can talk about principles all day, but if we dont make a real effort to include others in our lives we will never be able to change society. Our local Bahai communities will lose their effectiveness and stagnate. We cant afford to let that happen.

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