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The Weed: Club Unicorn: In which I come out of the closet on our ten year anniversary. Hi guys.

The Weed: Club Unicorn: In which I come out of the closet on our ten year anniversary

Lolly and I are sitting by a pool in the blazing sun, tanning our Seattle-white skin. We are having the time of our lives. Our kids are being watched by their Aunt Kati and Uncle Blake while we relax, celebrating ten incredible years of marriage. And, side by side, we are finishing the final details of this post which we have written together over the course of the last month. This is a different post than what you’re used to seeing here on The Weed. This is the post where I tell you that I, Josh Weed, am homosexual. I need to clarify a couple of things. First, I think it’s important to clarify that although The Weed is a humor blog, this post is not a joke. Second, I need to clarify that this post is written from the standpoint of a devout, believing Mormon and addresses topics seen within the Mormon and broader Christian community. I guess the premise of this post is to share that not only am I homosexual, but I’m also a devout and believing Mormon. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Yes. 6. 7. 1. The Cultural Hall Podcast – The Cultural Hall Ep.21/Gay Returned Missionaries. BYU’s Gay Mormon Panel a Huge Success, Overflow Crowds Turned Away « Students and visitors vainly vying for seats in the full auditorium.

BYU’s Gay Mormon Panel a Huge Success, Overflow Crowds Turned Away «

Photo courtesy Christopher C. Smith. On Wednesday night at Brigham Young University, a panel of three self-identified homosexual students and one bisexual student talked openly regarding their struggles with their sexuality and how they have coped with their same-gender attraction along with their Mormon faith. All four students were attending BYU and had committed to living Church standards and the BYU Honor Code. On university fliers for the event, the forum was advertised as, “Everything you wanted to know about being gay at BYU but were too afraid to ask.”

Held in an upstairs auditorium of the Martin Building (MARB), the university-sanctioned panel-discussion for gay, lesbian, and bisexual BYU students was met with perhaps more success than its organizers anticipated. Reactions Reactions after the event were overwhelmingly positive. A few minor reactions were less positive. What Was Asked and Said during the Forum. What every faithful, same-sex attracted member of the church must KNOW. « Irresistible (Dis)Grace. The following is a comment I wrote in response to Well-Behaved Mormon Woman’s post “Gay and Mormon: Is it Safe Yet?”

What every faithful, same-sex attracted member of the church must KNOW. « Irresistible (Dis)Grace

I wanted to post it here as well. I hope that every faithful member, same-sex attracted or otherwise, soberly considers the weight of the church’s expectations for same-sex attracted members. For opposite-sex attracted members, the expectations focus on marriage and family. Yes, it is absolutely true that these members are expected to remain chaste. They are not supposed to misuse their divine sexual gifts outside of marriage. I also want to relate this to something I wrote a while back. When I wrote my Wheat & Tares post “How does It Get Better, exactly?” I have tried to express that in as neutral, faith-friendly terms as I can above, but here is the deal: Mormonism doesn’t really have a theological telos of celibacy. So, the lifelong expectancy of celibacy cannot be taken lightly in the Mormon tradition.

Just another burden? So, that’s not just “another burden.” Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian. LOUISVILLE, KY—At first glance, high school senior Lucas Faber, 18, seems like any ordinary gay teen.

Gay Teen Worried He Might Be Christian

He's a member of his school's swing choir, enjoys shopping at the mall, and has sex with other males his age. But lately, a growing worry has begun to plague this young gay man. A gnawing feeling that, deep down, he may be a fundamentalist, right-wing Christian. "I don't know what's happening to me," Faber admitted to reporters Monday. "It's like I get these weird urges sometimes, and suddenly I'm tempted to go behind my friends' backs and attend a megachurch service, or censor books in the school library in some way. Added Faber, "I feel so confused. " The openly gay teen, who came out to his parents at age 14 and has had a steady boyfriend for the past seven months, said he first began to suspect he might be different last year, when he started feeling an odd stirring within himself every time he passed a church.

Faber's instinct was to deny these early emotions. BYU Professor Speaks on the Biological Origin for Homosexuality. On Thursday, September 23 at 7 pm, William Bradshaw, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, spoke to students, faculty, friends of the BYU community, and interested persons about the evidence for biological origins for homosexuality.

BYU Professor Speaks on the Biological Origin for Homosexuality

The event was held by permission of the department and the College of Life Sciences, but without the sponsorship of BYU, the College, or the Department. The lecture hall, with some 200 seats, was filled almost to capacity. In his lecture, Bradshaw discussed various factors that distinguish homosexual people from their heterosexual counterparts. These included: - Finger length, - Handedness, - Hearing, - Cognitive abilities, - Fraternal birth order, and - Childhood gender nonconformity. Bradshaw shared the results of many studies relating to these and other biological characteristics of homosexuality. Some argue that claiming a biological origin for homosexuality violates evolutionary principles. 1.

The coming out story I never thought I'd write - Life stories. I’ve read stories from people who say they always knew they were attracted to the same sex, or that they figured it out at a young age.

The coming out story I never thought I'd write - Life stories

I’m not one of them. I had practically no idea until one night in my sophomore year of high school. I was at a basketball game, and the guys around me started pointing out cheerleaders from the other team they thought were hot. I began to wonder: Why wasn’t I looking at the cheerleaders that way? And why was I sometimes noticing the other team’s players instead? Only it couldn’t be. I just didn’t fit the stereotypes of gay men. My confidence would swell each time I convinced myself a girl was attractive – and it would crater whenever a guy provoked a much stronger, more instinctive response.

Eventually, I learned how to compartmentalize. By the time I got to Boston University, I’d buried my secret so deep that I barely thought about it when I was with my new friends. I found my mark on a Friday night in late October 2000. We talked daily. Gay Fiction Booklist That Doesn't Suck. Why I Love My Straight Boyfriend. My straight boyfriend and I say things like “I love you” to each other.

Why I Love My Straight Boyfriend

It’s serious. But in a no homo/go homo way, you know? It’s 2011, so I hope we’ve all realized that straight men are not the enemy – stupidity is. Meet my straight boyfriend D, who is: wicked smart, handsome, queer friendly, a good poet (his day job is publishing, since I know “poet” means about as much as “tooth fairy” to most of you) and well, my straight boyfriend. Clearly I have high standards. So what exactly does a contemporary relationship between a gay man and a straight man look like? D basically talked me through my last relationship and break-up (the perks of having a straight boyfriend is that you get to cheat on him…a lot). I kind of knew things were serious with D when he sent me a love poem he wrote for me some months ago. And here’s the thing.

Somebody told me while I was writing this that my gay-straight relationship with D doesn’t count because he’s not really a straight guy, he’s a poet. Hiding in Uniform; Homosexuals in the Military; For Gay Soldiers and Sailors, Lives of Secrecy and Despair. Barred from military service by Defense Department regulations and threatened with investigation, interrogation and discharge, gay men and lesbians in the Armed Forces lead desperate, furtive lives reminiscent of those led by homosexuals throughout the country a generation ago.

Hiding in Uniform; Homosexuals in the Military; For Gay Soldiers and Sailors, Lives of Secrecy and Despair

The few who have openly confronted the military ban on homosexuals were severely disappointed by a recent Supreme Court decision not to hear their challenge, and some advocates say they will press to have the ban overturned in Congress. But for thousands of others who seek only to get by undetected, secrecy remains their creed. ''This is not a life you'd choose for your worst enemy,'' said a 31-year-old officer at the Miramar Naval Air Station here, who has guarded the secret of his homosexuality since his enlistment eight years ago. ''But gays are very good at camouflage. Society puts us in that role from the first moment we discover our sexuality.'' Pentagon Cites Morale in Ban Many more are less fortunate.

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