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Hey all,

I wanted to make a little survey if possible, I just have some questions that I'm wondering about and I'd appreciate hearing your answers as others from similar communities as myself.

In what ways do your identities (as: gay, bi, lesbian, queer, trans*, middle eastern, etc.) intersect with your religious practice or the dominant religious practice in your area?

How are the social ideal's of "normal" created in the spaces you exist in? How to they affect you and your presence in these spaces?

How safe do you feel expressing your identities where you live? Why?

Does the religion you practice / identify with include you and all of your identities? How does it exclude identities? Are these exclusions roots of your religion?

Please participate if you can / have the capacity! Thank you ahwaa :-) .

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  • 25-34_f_w_h3_f2
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    They're created historically and maintained through a set of traditions which I don't believe in, there is a lot of stress on marriage, children, and not enough support for independence in women or career building regardless of a person's identity. Many of my single, successful and heterosexual female friends are also struggling from these same pressures that lesbians are because of these restrictions and impossible standards.

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    I think a lot of it dates back to families and schools. That's where our identities or ideals are formed. For me being closeted is much worse in school than in everyday life as it's impossible to hide and includes a lot of bullying or homophobic propaganda.

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    No the written format sadly does not but I believe God is more welcoming and far more complicated than people here are attempting to admit with their misinterpretations that fit their own personal agendas and fetishes. It's a religion that has been really bastardized.

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    First I want to say that I am straight. And I am totally for the LGBTQ rights , to live openly and even gay marraige. Second, as for the question of the post whether religion stands as an obstacle to achieve of the forementioned goal, is a BIG YES. Yes religion is the cause of all the discrimination. You will find the discrimination propotional to how religious the culture is (or at least how it claims to be)

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