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An Intentional Effort

I think the quote below says enough for me. Since I've been getting to know some gay and lesbian individuals, one thing has become abundantly clear to me: These people are amazing, wonderful and beautiful people. Many of them are people I want my daughter to know as a role model as she grows up. If I hadn't made an intentional effort, I wouldn't know this for myself and I'd probably still be in a state of questioning how I feel about the subject. I think the next generation will make great strides in clearing the way for true equality and equal rights in our world. I grew up in a world where "Homo" and "Fag" were derogatory words used to belittle someone in the worst way possible. My father's generation didn't think about it much, because it wasn't so common for people to be open, but the next generation is seeing things in a very different light. Why? I think they are seeing with their own eyes, and not with the eyes of someone else who's told them that homosexuality is wrong or evil.

The best beloved of all things in My sight is Justice; turn not away therefrom if thou desirest Me, and neglect it not that I may confide in thee. By its aid thou shalt see with thine own eyes and not through the eyes of others, and shalt know of thine own knowledge and not through the knowledge of thy neighbor. Ponder this in thy heart; how it behooveth thee to be. Verily justice is My gift to thee and the sign of My loving-kindness. Set it then before thine eyes.

Eric Sartori (quoted from Baha'i Rants, with Eric's permission)

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