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I have waited all quarter for the promised discussion of sexuality in my ethics class, and today, the final day of the quarter, it arrived. Maybe it was simply the fact that the class takes place at 8 am, or perhaps it was because I really should have taken the extra time to make a latte this morning, but despite all my anticipation, I simply was not ready. The professor, widely recognized as one of the most radical and liberal at my school, did an admirable job of at least trying to present a fair perspective. She served communion before launching into the subject, and then gracefully pointed out how the point of communion is that we all do it together. Then she made a point of mentioning in several different ways how she has friends who are lesbian, and how she will eat and drink with them. That was it. That was the radical piece. She is willing to eat and drink with them.

Dramatic pause.

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(-): So, I went to the campus health center to get my yearly skin TB test (for eligibility in clinical rotations). Nothing too exciting. I haven’t had any contact with any TB patients – that I know of. Anyway, I was in the office and it occurred to me that I haven’t had an HIV test. Ever. And yet, I’m a huge proponent of HIV screening for gay men, and to a slightly lesser degree for anyone who’s ever had sex. Read the rest of this entry »

I just got off the phone with my best friend, and we were just talking about life and some of our friends that we used to live with, and go to church with (way back in the day, pre-Mountainside).
“Do you ever talk to them?” she asked.
“No” I explain. And than I chuckle a little bit “I don’t know if they would want to talk to me if they knew… if they go on myspace at all.” Of course I am referring to my sexuality and my myspace page where in the about me: orientation box, it says lesbian. Read the rest of this entry »

I think the video clip speaks for itself…. but this is a bit of my experience with the 2007 Soulforce Equality Ride. Unreal, but, sadly, very real….

So, life has been crazy busy, and it will continue to be throughout this weekend. So, some fun video to hold us all over through this busy time 🙂

I saw The Swell Season in concert this weekend, and the lyrics from one of their songs have been playing through my head ever since:

“You have suffered enough
And warred with yourself
It’s time that you won

Take this sinking boat and point it home
We’ve still got time
Raise your hopeful voice, you had a choice
You’ve made it now”

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I spoke with one of professors last week about what my options would be, for researching religion and spirituality in gay and lesbian clients when it comes time to write my master’s thesis next year. He began by asking me, in all seriousness, “do you know where you are?” And I nodded. “Are you coming from somewhere that’s really different from here?” I shook my head no. He paused, as if to consider the weight of this, and then leaned back: “Alright then, what exactly are you asking me here?”

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So, there are some ‘progressive’ schools that still have certain moral standards regarding pre-marital sex, but approve of same-sex unions when following these same standards…

In situations like this, people with a same-sex orientation are not allowed to room with others of the same sex, just as those who do not have a same-sex orientation are not allowed to room with those of the opposite sex.

What about people who are bisexual? Since they can be attracted to both sexes, do these institutions make them live by themselves?

Just a thought.

Okay, so the title of this blog is more than a little sarcastic. But, it got your attention, right? 🙂

Following is a piece I found on 365gay.com. They consistently have quality news about gays and lesbians. Sometimes the articles are tongue-in-cheek (Surprise, surprise? We’re witty folk), but this one caught my attention. Basically, the Bush-funded abstinence-only sex education is not effective. What?! But, but…it’s Christian, right? Well, maybe, but it’s ineffective, and as this piece points out, harmful to LGBT.

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So, as I mentioned less than a few hours ago, today has been a long day. I also mentioned that I let my emotions get away from me… going from stressing about the day to finding more to stress about.

This slippery slope that my emotions go down is steep. I went begrudgingly to Bible Study, knowing it is not good for me to be alone when I’m having a bad day. At Bible Study right now, we are going through the book “Sex. God.” by Rob Bell. It seems like a decent book so far. I have liked what has been said on the breadth of sexuality and how sexual expression is indicative of connectedness.

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