OPTIMISTIC

This page shows some of the optimistic and
positive
aspects of being gay or lesbian.


Quotes

A Star fell from Heaven and showed me the way,
How to be contented and gay.
(From
A star fell from heaven, Feiner and May)

Am I ashamed to
follow nature's way
Shall I be blamed if God has made me gay
(From Girls were made to love and kiss, Lehár)

I am what I am
(Jerry Herman)

The path to God is not always straight.
(Author unknown)

If you're gay - hooray!
(Anonymous)


Bible views relating to being gay or lesbian

Article by Paul Halsall on Pro-Gay Texts in the
Bible
Some of the arguments seem to be stretched.

The Bible accepts same-sex attraction because it
accepts men being deeply in love with men,
without any expression of disapproval by God or
the biblical author.  In the David story, Jonathan
was totally in love with David.  Also, Jesus loved
(cared deeply for) another man – this validates
same-sex attraction.  

Eunuchs and gay men

It’s possible that Jesus was referring to gay men
when he mentioned
born eunuchs – without any
condemnation (Matthew 19:12).  In Bible times,
such men were anatomically whole but were
unable or unwilling to have sex with women.  
They were either not interested in sex or were
attracted to other men.  Also, many or most of the
46 other Biblical references to born or natural
eunuchs (sometimes translated as officer or
chamberlain) probably include gay men.

The "Born Eunuchs"
site, compiled by Faris
Malik, has a very detailed look at eunuchs in the
ancient world (quoting many sources) and claims
that
born eunuchs were gay men.


Positive principles in St Paul’s letters which
could apply to being gay or lesbian
:

1 Corinthians 7: 20  Each man must remain in
that condition
in which he was called [by God].
(NASB)

1 Corinthians 15:10  But by the grace of God
I
am what I am
, ... (NIV)

1 Timothy 4:4-5  
Everything God created is
good
, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is
to be sneered at and thrown out. God's Word and
our prayers make
every item in creation holy.
(The Message)



Church views on being gay or lesbian

God made all of us, gay or straight, in his
own image
to reflect his kind of love. Whenever
two people love each other enough to commit
their lives together “till death us do part” they are
expressing the deepest and most godlike instinct
in human nature.  January 2006

If you are gay, then please understand that
God
made you as you are, and loves you as you
are
, and if you invite him into your relationship,
then of course he will bless you and sustain your
love just as much as he blesses and sustains any
other marriage. I know that’s true from my own
experience and that’s why I’m ‘out for marriage’,
because I’m sure God is too.  July 2012

The Dean of St Albans, Dr Jeffrey John  


I don't believe it is a sin to be homosexual. I
believe that God creates us with different gifts.
Some people come into this world with affections
ordered toward other people of the same gender
and some people come into this world with
affections directed at people of the other gender.
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding
Bishop of US Episcopal Church June 2006


Loving homosexual expression between
responsible adults is not sinful as such. It is
simply the appropriate way for persons of same-
sex orientation to express their need for intimacy.
All of us should be judged by whether
we
express our sexuality in ways that are
loving
, respectful of our partners' wishes, and
contribute to our wholeness as people.
Jack Rogers, former Moderator of US
Presbyterian General Assembly  October 2003


Thank God for making you the way you are.
Robert A Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral.
August 2006


Homosexual
orientation has nothing to do with
morality as such, any more than left-handedness.
It is simply the way some people's sexuality is
configured. Morality enters at the point of how
that predisposition is enacted.
Morton Kelsey, author and Episcopal priest


Nils Riedl states that love has the same quality in
a person’s life, regardless of sexual orientation.
The ability to love someone means being serious
about the general ethical commitment expressed
by Løgstrup as “
Holding each other’s lives in
our hands
”.
When God sees the homosexual person
his face
shines
with joy and excitement and kindness.
Ragnhild Schanke, pastor of Oslo Baptist Church


Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people
are part of so many families. They are part of the
human family.  They are part of God's family.
…...... Sexual orientation, like skin color, is
another feature of our diversity as a human
family.  Isn't it amazing that we are all made in
God's image, and yet there is so much diversity
among his people.
Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape
Town  March, 2010


There’s no doubt in my mind that gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender people are part of God’
s obvious delight in diversity. .....  [Diverse] sexual
orientation is something God celebrates and I
believe that will become the mainstream Christian
understanding before not too very long.
Bishop Gene Robinson  August, 2011



Spirituality

Jesus in Love promotes queer spirituality, books
and arts.



Famous gays and lesbians

Some people who are thought to be gay or
lesbian:

Musicians (present) – Elton John   Melissa
Etheridge   Johnny Mathis   Adam Lambert
(past) – Cole Porter   Tchaikovsky   Liberace    
Freddie Mercury

Leaders (present) – Prime Minister and Deputy
Prime Minister of Luxembourg   Berlin Mayor
(past) – Alexander the Great   Edward II   Hadrian

Artists (present) – David Hockney   Jeffrey
Smart   
(past) – Michelangelo   Leonardo Da Vinci   Andy
Warhol

Actors (present) – Lily Tomlin   Rupert Everett   
Ian McKellen  
(past) – Rock Hudson   Montgomery Clift   Dirk
Bogarde

Writers (present) – Edward Albee   Gore Vidal
(past) – Walt Whitman   Oscar Wilde   Gertrude
Stein  Jean Genet  

Sport (present) – Martina Navratilova   John
Amaechi   
(past) – Bill Tilden  Tom Waddell

Religious (present) – Rev Troy Perry   Bishop
Gene Robinson  
(past) – Jonathan

Scientist (past) - Alan Turing (father of the
computer)


Some short lists of famous gays and lesbians

About: Gay Life (profiles and illustrations)

Notable Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual People


Some long lists of famous gays and lesbians

The Great Queers of History (illustrated)

Rob's gay info (illustrated)

Wikipedia List of Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual People
(illustrated)


Academic and scholarly views on being gay
or lesbian

God so created humans that they develop with a
great variety of both gender identities and
sexual-object choices
. …… Always and
everywhere a certain percentage of men and
women develop as homosexuals or lesbians.
They should be considered a part of God’s
creative plan. Their sexual orientation has no
necessary connection with sin, sickness, or
failure; rather, it is a gift from God to be accepted
and lived out with gratitude.
John J. McNeill, "Homosexuality: Challenging the
Church to Grow," in
Homosexuality in the
Church: Both Sides of the Debate
, ed. Jeffrey S.
Siker: 1994, p. 50.


Five reasons why
homosexuality is positively
good and morally beneficial
:

First, homosexuality can be a source of pleasure,
and pleasure is a good thing.

Second, homosexuality can be an avenue of
interpersonal communication, and this too is good.

Third, homosexuality can be a source of
emotional growth.

Fourth, and related, homosexual relationships
[including sex] promote personal and social
stability. … Sex is a powerful way of building,
celebrating, and replenishing intimacy in a
relationship.

A fifth reason: insofar as homosexuality
challenges deep-seated and irrational prejudices,
embracing one’s homosexuality can be a powerful
act of moral courage. It forces one to think for
oneself and invites one to transcend rigid gender
expectations.

John Corvino  
The Virtue of Homosexuality


All pleasure, including beauty, sexuality, art, and
work, are
God's gifts to us, and we look to
God's revelation [the Bible] for the pattern in best
ordering our desires so that in them we may find
fulfillment and not bondage.
Philip Yancey, Christian author


Many writers speak of the contributions gays and
lesbians have made to our world ….. While gays
and lesbians make up probably 4%-6% of the
population, a study of the biographies of 1004
eminent people found 11% of them to be
homosexual or bisexual, with certain categories
higher: 24% of poets, 21% of fiction writers, and
15% of artists and musicians.
David Myers, "Sexual Orientation and Science".




Views of individuals on being gay or lesbian

In 1997 Ian Roberts became the first rugby
league player to openly declare his
homosexuality.  Roberts told
New Idea magazine
being gay gave him a different perspective on the
world. "I honestly believe that being gay is a gift,"
he said. "It makes you look at the world through a
different light."
Sydney Morning Herald  December 2001


Homosexual relationships and acts are
supplemental or alternatives to heterosexual
relationships and acts.  A long-term relationship
between two men or two women involves much
more than sex.  It usually includes mutual love,
caring and companionship.  It is similar to a
relationship between a man and a woman.
Ray Collins, activist


Being gay is simply a natural characteristic like
having blue eyes or brown hair.
Paul Varnell, gay columnist and activist


Gays and lesbians have the advantage that, if
they wish, they can see things from the viewpoint
of an outsider.  They can be like an immigrant or
tourist traveling to a new country.  They have the
advantage of having experienced how people
interact in their original or natural culture
(homosexuality) and, at the same time, also being
able to experience social and other interactions in
a different culture (heterosexuality).
Lance Ritchie, activist


The fact that we are in a same-sex relationship
means that the predetermination of roles by
gender, sometimes so destructive a force in
heterosexual relationships, is not relevant to our
lives.  Each member of a same-sex couple is free
to act from individual interests, predilections, and
skills, rather than having to choose between
conforming to or rebelling against the cultural
norm.  We are able to see the mainstream culture
from a greater distance and a healthier
perspective.
Nancy Toder, author


There is power in the fertile, uncharted zone
between being Christian and being queer. I feel
the presence of the Jesus who crossed
boundaries: touching lepers, reaching out to
women, eating with prostitutes, talking to
foreigners, being accused of blasphemy.
Kittredge Cherry, lesbian Christian minister


The revolutionary importance of the
contemporary gay rights movement lies in its
revolutionary idea of gender [roles]; that male
sexual receptivity is part of the repertoire of a
normal, adult, fully masculine male.
Ron Long, teacher of religion


Don’t be afraid to be the person that you are.
Boy band One Direction


Perhaps you’re just different. It’s not a sin, you
know.
Tam to android Data in “Tin Man” episode of Star
Trek: The Next Generation.


Genetics, human physiology and psychiatry have
shown that same-sex orientation is natural,
healthy, not reversible, not contagious and poses
no threat to anyone.

From anthropology and sociology we know about
four per cent of the population are homosexual
and another small percentage bisexual. And has
been so forever.

Paediatrics and behavioural sciences have
shown same-sex parents are just as effective as
straight parents in child-rearing outcomes.

Zoology has confirmed that a small discrete
percentage of same-sex couplings occurs in all
gregarious bird and animal societies.
Alan Austin, journalist


It is totally okay to be different by being
romantically or sexually attracted to someone of
the same sex as yourself and to act on those
attractions in a non-harmful way.
Colin Smith


An old Chinese proverb, "When people come face
to face, their differences vanish".


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.
Johnson Oatman, Jr.


If you want more, check out
A Gay Fairy Tale
and
true gay stories.



Author: Colin Smith
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