Gmack saidIts a tough one. I completely understand the sentiment. I know I am often trying to find a balance because of the duality that i feel within myself. Some describe it as self loathing, but I don't. I actually went to seminary/ministry school so I understand the argument for both. Its just something that I may have to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling on.
@Larkin- I completely agree. A friend of mine recently wrote a blog about it, and surprisingly there was more hate from the gay people that responded than the Christians. I think that whats needed on both side of the fence is grace and forgiveness.
It seems that the gay community doesn't make it easier to find the balance than the Christian community does.
I don't think the gay community should be compared to a religion. The gay community is the quantity of out gay people, and our allies. Although we complain about stereotypes and not being accepted, there are no rules, no appointed leaders---just various celebrities, organizations, grass roots activists. We're an amorphous group. A religion is much more structured, it guides morals, promises salvation, life after death, requires participation, faith, adherence. Religion is a concept. It's something that has to be taught. Being gay just isn't like that. Sexual orientation does not come with a handbook. The "It gets better" book is not the Bible. It's not even in the same ballpark. It's just reactionary literature, and a fad.
I defend the right to practice religion without being scorned. I don't agree that the gay community has to answer to religious people. That's not what the gay community is, or ever will be.