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:heart_pride: 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.

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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.
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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.

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I don't hide who I am! God has blessed me as a regular sober presenter & speaker @ a local treatment center. The last time I shared my "Scripture Through Music" & Celebrate Recovery presentation @ Pride Institute, I had a young woman come up to me and tell me, "Thank you for coming. I'm glad there're spiritual people like you who come and tell us that it is ok for us to be gay and be able to believe."

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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! :heart_pride: :trans_heart: :pride_flag:

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@pjhendricks I'm so sorry this is happening to you :( you deserve to feel safe. but thank you for sharing. happy pride!! :heart_pride:

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