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  •  I have struggled for 40 years at the (11+ / 0-)

    experience of being pushed out of a fundamentalist religion. Raised as a Mormon, I felt I lost my identity, my God, my church, my family , my country...all of eternity because I was gay.

    I have only in the last 20 years been able to see the blessing of leaving Mormonism. It was painful as a young man. Many do not make it, because of the shame, guilt and shunning.

    I am glad you made it through.

    It gives me strength to know someone as courageous as you. :>).

    Tu es responsable de ta rose Le Petit Prince

    by Brahman Colorado on Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 02:55:30 PM PDT

    •  People who have never been shunned... (6+ / 0-)

      ...will never really understand what it is like.

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      by rserven on Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 03:02:44 PM PDT

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      •  My partner of 10 years was raised (4+ / 0-)
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        Church of God Holiness in the Ozarks. The stories of rejection, loneliness and shunning he endured throughout his live are truly chilling.

        My heart goes out to all the queer young people who are exposed to this institutionalized hypocrisy and bigotry. I always marvel at the queer people who were raised in loving and supportive homes, even though they've had to endure a society and culture who rages against them.

        Maybe someday our work will help to create a better world?

        Tu es responsable de ta rose Le Petit Prince

        by Brahman Colorado on Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 03:17:47 PM PDT

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        •  Maybe before I die? (3+ / 0-)
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          Maybe someday our work will help to create a better world?

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          by rserven on Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 03:25:55 PM PDT

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          •  Long before then (1+ / 0-)
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            long before now, even.

            A perfect world? Never happen.
            A really good world? Maybe someday.

            A better world? It's happening.  Partly through what you do, but partly before.

            The 20th century saw Hitler, true.  But genocide's been going on a long time.  Usually, no one objected (except the victims).

            Gay members of Congress.
            Black police officers.

            and, going back a little, Jewish lawyers. Yup.  There was a time, not all that long ago, when law firms wouldn't hire Jews.  Ironic, huh?  Happened to my dad in 1948.

            Now up: Have you got a dollar? Fri: What are you reading? Sat: WHYGTL?

            by plf515 on Thu Jul 19, 2007 at 08:43:36 PM PDT

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