Happy Pride w/a side of bullying & venting!
To maintain my well-being of mind, body & spirit, I attend 3 recovery meeting per week. Earlier this week something happened at one of them that has been bugging me.
A group member has his own opinions on gays, which is his own right, but what is NOT his right is to express that in a manner that causes another person hurt, pain and reactivation of traumatic experiences from the past.
Since we met, he has constantly "bible bashed" me. Last week, when I shared I had a "Coffee Date" he basically implied that no one would ever ask me out on a date. Now this week, he had the nerve to wear a "Taking back the Rainbow" shirt to our group. This was the straw that broke the camels back.
I was kicked out of the Catholic seminary for being gay. I was spiritually and verbally abused by three Catholic priests (one is now a Bishop). I was sexually assaulted by a student and when I reported to the Catholic church, I was told to face my assailant directly and deal with it myself. Talk about being bullied! I am in a PTSD trauma group working how some of this is still intersecting my life, obviously.
So, I wish everyone a happy Pride and pray that some day very soon we will all be judged and accepted by HOW we love and not WHO we love!
@pjhendricks I'm so sorry this is happening to you :( you deserve to feel safe. but thank you for sharing. happy pride!!
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