Being Bahai and Gay
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- Created: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:29
- Published: Tuesday, 16 September 2014 16:25
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Allahuabha! I am a 41 year-old third-generation Bahai. Im 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 totally straight, 3 bisexual, and 6 totally homosexual). Sadly, this means to me that 75 percent or so of my sexual interest is devoted towards men. Woops, I am one, and people have a problem with that.
I met a Bahai recently who told me he had living in Seattle never even met a gay Bahai, and so after some thought, Ive decided to share a little of my journey from a man that has had homosexual feelings since before puberty, hated himself for them fiercely, and come out alive on the other side to write this.
Just a little background about me: like others in this country who went to school in the 1980s or prior, I was taught by American society that a man being attracted to men was considered morally wrong before I even knew to associate that concept with myself. When later I finally had accept in myself an innate attraction to other men, you can imagine the impact on my self-worth as I had to accept that my brand-new sex drive as a young man, such a part of any young mans excitement when embarking towards manhood, was broken.