Many of you are probably familiar with the furor caused recently by Reverend Ed Bacon of Pasadena's Episcopal Church when he said on Oprah that he thought being gay was a gift from God. Of course, the folks on the religious right took immediate offense at that and disagreed vehemently. How does everyone feel about this? I think being gay can be a great burden but sometimes a gift. Many times I feel that the burden part predominates--the animosity of many in this world against homosexuality, the sense of isolation we feel, the struggle for self acceptance, the superficiality of much of gay culture. Hard to feel very positive about any of that. on the other hand, I do think being gay gives us insight into other persecuted groups and can help us develop our compassion and goodness as spiritual beings. Many gay males are also sensitive and creative types, although the general culture tends to stigmatize these qualities in males. But I do think it's a gift to be in touch with your feelings in a way that many straight guys are terrified of--their masculinity is on the line. To be free of that concern can be liberating. Anyways, I'm interested in the general consensus here.
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