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Mark Tobey (1890-1976),

famous artist, dedicated and devout Baha'i, was gay. His life and work were commemorated.. More

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Brotherly Love

I love my brother. My brother is gay. My son is also questioning his sexuality and may very well be gay or bisexual. The Bahai' Faith is the faith I chose at age 15 (the age of reason) to be my own. After many years in the Faith I had to leave for 2 reasons. One is the unaccepting attitude of the official Bahai' administration of LBGT people. I have known many individual Bahai's who were and are very accepting but I am talking about the official stance of this Faith on homosexuality.
The other is that women are not welcome as members of the Universal House of Justice which is the supreme governing power of the Bahai' Faith. I remember being told that the wisdom of this decree will only be made known in the future but I see it as a great injustice to women. How can such a beautiful, seemingly all-inclusive faith discriminate in such a manner??
My heart is still broken over not being able to be a Bahai' any longer. It was the faith of my formative years and should have been the faith of my lifetime had it not excluded over half of humanity because of gender or sexual orientation. Very sad.

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