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1. Baha’i Curious? Religion & Sexuality
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Baha’is Believe in the Oneness of God. The Oneness of Humanity. The Oneness of Religion. What got me was the idea of progressive revelation; in essence, that no one prophet is it, that Abraham
Monday, 28 December 2015

2. A response to a gay Baha'i
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It seemed to me the same things kept getting discussed, and the same ideas were repeated so often that I became very bored with the whole topic. Back before the Internet's widespread use, when peop
Thursday, 20 August 2015

A gay California man who's advocated for LGBTs in the Baha'i faith recently withdrew from the religion over its anti-gay stance. Sean Rayshel, 36, is a third-generation American Baha'i who fou
Sunday, 07 June 2015

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

I’ve been a Baha’i since April 21, 2007. I came out of the closet November 4, 2010, at age 24. I’ve been gay, however, since as far back as I can remember. I first learned about the Ba
Wednesday, 25 March 2015

...lyrics is, as a rule, not a female, but a young male, often a pubescent or adolescent youth, or a young boy. HOMOSEXUALITY iii. IN PERSIAN LITERATURE - Encyclopaedia Iranica For whereas in day...
Saturday, 21 February 2015

7. How a perversion of human nature
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...y Google Translate] I'm gay and a follower of the Bahai religion. A dilemma in that the Baha'is do not allow homosexuality. A few years ago I resigned from the church and converted to the ...
Friday, 28 November 2014

... Spiritual Assembly of the Netherlands, March 9, 1965: Wellspring of Guidance, pp. 52-53 The only mention of homosexuality in authoritative Bahai text (not Scripture) is in five letters written by...
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

9. Being Baha’i and Gay
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Allah’u’abha! I am a 41 year-old third-generation Baha’i. I’m also gay. On the six-point Kinsey scale I eventually nailed myself as 4.5, which is at about the 75 percent mark across the scale (0 t
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

“Look what I’ve got!” Black, gay and short, Locke hardly fit the stereotype of the strapping Rhodes scholar... Joellen ElBashir is standing, smiling, in front of filing cabinets with two long,
Saturday, 13 September 2014

11. The Faith is my life
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...own. I was devastated and heartbroken because I couldn’t 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...
Wednesday, 30 July 2014

12. What Do Baha’is Believe? Sexual Orientation
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Question: The Baha’i religion believes that everyone is equal, no matter what ethnicity or gender, but what about sexual orientation? According to the teachings of Baha’u’llah, we have one dut
Friday, 25 July 2014

It’s a special sort of condescending love we’ve reserved for the gay community. I thought we just needed to try harder. Maybe we needed to focus more on loving the sinner, and less on protesting hi
Wednesday, 16 July 2014

The local group of the Baha'i Network on Aids, Sexuality, Addiction and Abuse presented before a recent Baha'i Cluster Reflection Meeting to describe the work they do. Like every body of believers wit
Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Honorable Universal House of Justice, I’m sharing this on my blog to show that individuals, even those in positions where they are appointed, can misuse their position. My name is Sean X and I
Friday, 28 March 2014

16. Why churches should brace for a mass exodus of the faithful
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The more conservative churches, anyway A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the sweeping acceptance of gay marriage in recent years is owed in large part to Christianity. Rejecting the rigidly hiera
Thursday, 27 March 2014

17. Chicago Area Bahá'ís Attend LGBTQ Conference
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CHICAGO (April 6, 2013) – For Chicago attorney Judy El-Amin, and four of her fellow members of the Bahá'í community the goal was to learn a new language—how to speak about the Bahá'í Faith in a meanin
Wednesday, 22 January 2014

18. Baha’is and the LGBTQ Community – Part Two
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Does Baha’i scripture limit marriage to a union between only one man and one woman? Not as far as I know. I have found nothing in the Baha’i writings that specifically prohibits same-sex marriage
Thursday, 02 January 2014

19. Baha'is and the LGBTQ Community – Part One
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Until recently, the Universal House of Justice referred to homosexuality as an aberration or as an illness, but this policy has changed. Does Baha’i scripture discriminate against LGBTQ people? No.
Saturday, 21 December 2013

20. The Faith is my life
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...own. I was devastated and heartbroken because I couldn’t accept the fact. I was scared. I grew up believing that homosexuality was a disease and can be cured. I concluded that God created me the w...
Tuesday, 03 December 2013

21. Two views of the Baha’i view on homosexuality
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...le and consistent way So here are two differing responses to the question “What is the Baha’i perspective of homosexuality?” Full story... ...
Saturday, 19 October 2013

22. Sex, Doubt and the Pope
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...ers, not to be emphasized at the expense of the church’s essential message of healing and salvation. Asked about homosexuality, he simply evoked God’s love for all humans: “when God looks at a gay per...
Wednesday, 09 October 2013

23. Mormons admit sexuality not a choice
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has admitted that sexual orientation is not a choice and that same-sex attracted people should not marry people of the opposite sex but maintains th
Sunday, 06 October 2013

Here is the question itself, posed by anonymous: I'd still really like to know where you stand on federal/state recognition of gay marriages. I will answer the question simply, and then I
Saturday, 05 October 2013

In response to “A mother writes to the Universal House of Justice” I was sent the following: 15 October 2008 To The Universal House of Justice Dear Sirs, I would like a clear and f
Wednesday, 02 October 2013

26. A mother writes to the Universal House of Justice
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...wing forth unconditional love and support for your son. I am having trouble accepting the Baha’i teachings on homosexuality and would appreciate further guidance. My son is gay which means that I a...
Wednesday, 02 October 2013

27. Growing up gay in the Baha'i community
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I was a Baha'i child in the 70s and 80s in Australia. My father is Australian born of Irish background and my mother was born in Wales of Austrian Jewish and English background. I knew from
Tuesday, 17 September 2013

28. How I became a Baha'i...
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As long as the Bahai Faith does not welcome LGBT people in their ranks, they will never unite humankind in diversity. I was raised in a religiously mixed household. My dad’s an Atheist, my mum’s Ch
Saturday, 31 August 2013

29. Out Gay Baha'i who loves the Faith
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The official stance has moved from "it can be changed" to "we're expected to be celibate". I was raised a Bahai and truly believe that Baha'u'llah is the manifestation of God for our day and age. I
Saturday, 31 August 2013

30. Better to Live in Truth
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... I have written a letter that I have been planning in my head for 18 years. I was raised a Baha'i, raised that homosexuality was a spiritual disease. At 16 years old, when I looked across a room and...
Thursday, 29 August 2013

31. "Gays can't marry, and that's not discrimination"
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I’ve heard this and similar phrases from a Baha’i so often now, I could brush this off as a cliché if it weren’t for the fact that in most Baha’i communities gays are still treated differently. For ex
Saturday, 17 August 2013

32. Here's to hoping such a wonderful faith evolves
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...t science and faith are not wings of a dove when it comes to the Faith's Paleozoic (and damaging) teachings on homosexuality. Full story... ...
Friday, 02 August 2013

33. What I want to be when I grow up
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anZNPNEgmUs Daniel Orey, PhD, is a professor of mathematics education in the Centro de Educação Aberta e a Distância at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto in Brazil. A professor for 22 years a
Friday, 19 July 2013

34. Baha'i words, deeds differ
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Dr. Gary Wright Springfield ...when it comes to taking one baby step to actually help lift our oppression, they will not take it. The official worldwide and local Baha’i position on gay ri
Friday, 12 July 2013

35. Being a gay Baha'i
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We are each a special, and beautiful, flower in the garden of humanity. God made us who we are. I'm glad I came across this forum. I was gonna keep this short and sweet, but I don’t do short, so I
Monday, 01 July 2013

36. Flexibility about orientation
News came through a few days ago about the destruction of the House of Baha’u'llah in Baghdad. This is big news for Bahais because Baha’u'llah designated that house, and the House of the Bab in Shira
Monday, 01 July 2013

37. Baha'i had higher expectations
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While I expected that many Christian churches in Springfield might oppose the ordinance, I expected better of the Baha’is. As a Baha’i, I was shocked to see the results of the faith subcommittee’s
Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Bahais of Springfield, Missouri, have just responded to a questionaire from the city’s task force on sexual orientation and gender identity. Here are the questions, and the Assembly's response
Thursday, 20 June 2013

In an interesting development National asks Americans Baha'is to study the January 3rd 2011 letter on homosexuality to better understand what manner is "appropriate" when engaging in discourse in pub
Friday, 14 June 2013

40. Chicago Area Baha'is Attend LGBTQ Conference
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CHICAGO (April 6, 2013) – For Chicago attorney Judy El-Amin, and four of her fellow members of the Bahá'í community the goal was to learn a new language—how to speak about the Bahá'í Faith in a me
Wednesday, 01 May 2013

41. LGBT Spirituality: The Bahá’í Faith
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A small Faith group that had its beginnings in 1844 and it now has a disperse membership of over 7 million worldwide. The Faith is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all hu
Tuesday, 30 April 2013

He spent 4 years hanging out with Baha’is and then signed his declaration card 2 months before this interview took place. What was your first exposure to the Baha’is? Were you openly gay then?
Thursday, 25 April 2013

43. Ten Reasons Why Gay Rights Is a Religious Issue
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Civil rights movements that appeal to religion succeed. Those that do not, fail. Contrast the fates of the Civil Rights Act and the Equal Rights Amendment, or the way African American civil rights
Saturday, 13 April 2013

44. Bosom Buddies: A Photo History of Male Affection
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...erstand that you cannot view these photographs through the prism of our modern culture and current conception of homosexuality. The term “homosexuality” was in fact not coined until 1869, and before t...
Saturday, 23 March 2013

45. Lotus Temple / Flight to Udaipur
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...y years, I am able to provide an introduction to its teachings. Of course the question of the Baha’i position on homosexuality arises, and the news that it is considered an abnormality which can be tr...
Saturday, 23 March 2013

46. There is yet hope...
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So often this forum is a place for venting of frustration and airing of gripes. I thought I would add something positive today. :) I'm a newly declared Baha'i (25, Jehovah's Witness background
Thursday, 14 March 2013

47. Homosexuality: Missing Scripture Mystery
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...might be considered. Many members of the the Baha'i community may be surprised to learn that, according to a "Homosexuality" compilation by the Research Department of the Universal House of Justice...
Monday, 25 February 2013

48. Reparative therapy and the things Bahais say
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A friend posted the following on facebook recently: “Peter Drake, sent me the following email to let me know that he will be appearing on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the harm caused by “reparative
Saturday, 01 December 2012

49. The Baha'i Faith and Homosexuality
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Is homosexuality sinful? If so, is it the romantic feelings for a person of the same gender, or the sexual acts themselves? Is it sinful to be in a same-sex relationship if sexual acts aren’t performe
Monday, 26 November 2012

50. It is not only about sex
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...myself So this is my story. And I write because, having read a bunch of discussions online about the issue of homosexuality in the Bahá’í Faith, I feel that it focuses too much on the sexual aspect...
Thursday, 01 November 2012

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