Are gay people more spiritual than the general population?

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    Oct 01, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    Maybe another way to put it is, do you think gay people are more spiritual (not talking "religion" here) than straight people?

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    Oct 01, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    I think in general that we are, because many of us have experienced such hatred, prejudice, humiliation, and rejection that we have had to find the spiritual, inner source of strength to help us cope with life. Inspite of the hatred certain religious zealots have put upon me, I've always known that they are incorrect and the Divine One loves me.
  • Lincsbear

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    Oct 01, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
    I can`t say I`ve noticed a huge difference.
    Plausibly,gay people maybe more spiritual because they have been treated or made to feel like outsiders from mainstream society,leading them to question what straight people take for granted.This could lead to revealing questions about society,life,etc.;the basis of enlightenment/spiritual growth.
    I think it`s true gay people are more creative than straights,possibly for the simple reason of prejudice: we use our imaginations as compensation for suffering,creating meaning.
    And spirituality and artistry are linked.
  • The6Degrees

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    Oct 02, 2011 2:14 AM GMT
    "Carl G. Jung noted that homosexual people tend to
    possess an intense spiritual sensitivity."

    "In most pre-Judeo-Christian cultures the homosexual was a priest, shaman and wonderworker, it is only the in the literalist and fundamentalist faiths that homosexuals have been degraded."

    http://haatnath.jimdo.com/linx-artikulz/
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    Oct 02, 2011 8:19 PM GMT
    vincent7 saidI think in general that we are, because many of us have experienced such hatred, prejudice, humiliation, and rejection that we have had to find the spiritual, inner source of strength to help us cope with life. Inspite of the hatred certain religious zealots have put upon me, I've always known that they are incorrect and the Divine One loves me.


    I used to have a similar viewpoint. Traumatic experience can sometimes trigger spiritual awakenings. One could argue that gay people, in dealing with what can sometimes be a traumatic experience on sexual self-realization and coming out, may be more likely to turn inward.

    More recently, though, I'm beginning to believe traumatic experience is relative to the indivdual's own life stories. That is, what's big drama for me may be no big deal for you, but no less significant or important as a stimulus for self-discovery and spiritual growth.

    All of us, straight or gay, have the same opportunities and potential for self-realization or spiritual discovery.

    I do have a theory, though, that straight people have more, umm... "distractions", in their lives such as children, marriage/divorce, and cultural expectations that make it more difficult for them to see "beyond the veil.".

    Just not enough quiet time, dammit!