Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Working with Baha'is who think or suspect that they are gay or homosexual

I'm completely re-writing my presentation of my ideas. For the latest version see .

Here is an extract:

Ideas for working with Baha'is who think they're gay or homosexual, or that they might be.

- Learn to appreciate the value of whatever parts of their personalities they're labeling that way, including any same-sex responses, and the value of their relationships with Baha'u'llah, including any concerns they might have about being gay or homosexual.

- Learn to share with them, as equals, ideas and experiences about same-sex relationships and about following Baha'u'llah.

- Learn to encourage and support them in their own investigation of their possibilities for the future.

- Learn to encourage and support them in their own investigation of laws and spiritual principles.

- Learn to trust them, as equals, to make their own decisions about how to practice the laws and apply the principles.

Ideas for reducing the hostility and harmfulness of the Baha'i community toward people who think or suspect that they're gay or homosexual.

- Study all available Baha'i writings, including those of Baha'u'llah, about love, marriage, romance, sex, chastity and homosexuality.

- Conduct an independent investigation in the writings about what is prohibited, and what is for individuals to decide for themselves.

- Learn to think about the questions without using the ambiguous terms that other people are using, including "homosexuality," "gay," "orientation," and "sexual relations."

- Stop applying the label "homosexual" to people's personalities.

- Stop applying the label "homosexuality" to other people's relationships and interactions.

- Develop close friendships with people who call themselves gay.

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