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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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To Join or Not to Join

Just introduced to Bahia today, I was curious and encouraged by what I was told (in brief). Subsequently I researched the history and basic guiding principles, and found it a reflection of my own core beliefs.

I read on. Then, my heart sank; there was indeed intolerance within the principles, an exclusion of peoples, not a true equal view of human kind. A conflict rose, in my mind, which once again, in my search for a spiritual group that I could embrace and be comfortable as a lesbian who loves God. I am disheartened.

However – I've yet to read ANY story on this page. I wanted to note what a first impression is like from an outsider looking in, and looking for a spiritual “home”. I will read on, and have seen changes noted through the years, and feel there is hope for the leaders to truly accept all people regardless of color, creed, or sexual orientation, one day.

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