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


I am what I am.


The path to God is not always straight.


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 King David story, Jonathan was totally in love with David.  Also, Jesus loved (cared deeply for) another man – this validates same-sex attraction.


Were eunuchs gay men?

It’s possible that Jesus was referring to gay men when he mentioned born eunuchs – without any condemnation (Matthew 19:12).  Such men were either not interested in sex or were attracted to other men.  More information on the Born Eunuchs site.



Love

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



Orientation

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







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 of Belgium   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  

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 lists of famous gays and lesbians

The Great Queers of History (illustrated)

Details and pictures of lots of gays and lesbians.
Part 1: Born before 1800
Part 2: Born 1800–1900
Part 3: Born since 1900



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

This list includes notable people who have self-identified as homosexual or bisexual, or whose homosexuality or bisexuality has been backed by sources that are usually considered reliable.



Rob's gay info (illustrated)

This list of gay, lesbian and bisexual people features more than 2000 people from all over the world.





Being gay or lesbian

Always and everywhere a certain percentage of men and women develop as gays or lesbians. They should be considered a part of God’s creative plan. Their sexual orientation is a gift from God to be accepted and lived out with gratitude.
John J. McNeill, Catholic theologian



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





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".



A long-term relationship between two men or two women involves much more than sex.  It usually includes mutual love, caring and companionship.
Ray Collins, activist


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



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)


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


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