The Chutzpah of Homophobia (and the blessing of *good* anger)

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The Chutzpah of Homophobia (and the blessing of *good* anger)

Every now and again I fall for it. I look at my Queer life against the background of a homophobic, conforming world, and I think, "Oh shit, what if I'm wrong?"

It happens. After so much time of being marginalized, I slip into thinking I'm marginal. I have been patronized or demonized with such assurance by "people of faith," I start to wobble or to despair.

It happens.

Then I remember the beauty of my connection to God, the way my spiritual and religious life supports me, the beauty of the faith of all my Queer connections in this world, and I just get angry again. Good angry, though. By that I mean, anger at people who have the chutzpah (the audacity) to dismiss the religious life and faith of millions of Queer people.

Do they really think that our relationship with God is somehow compromised by our being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Questioning? This is what comes from their just telling us about our connection to the Divine as opposed to asking us. We have knowledge of God. The world just hasn't come round to inquiring about it. Their loss.

Religious, anti-Queer bigots are seldom shy about sharing their beliefs. Let's be as audacious and as brazen as they, but let's do it right. We don't need to judge someone else's status with God in order to feel right about our own. We can celebrate our faith and share its validity without debating people about the meaning of scripture or the traditions of oppression that have become commonplace in our culture.

If you recognize the spark of God in your life, but haven't yet fanned it into flame because you were called "wrong" or "sinful" or "queer" by people who didn't know that Queerness is something sacred, take courage from your own inherent link to God. Have faith in your faith. Trust in your truth.

Whatever you believe, whatever name or names you have for God or Divinity, the imprint of your faith in your life, even the questions and doubts you feel, proclaim it loud. The one thing the anti-Queer forces of the world aren't prepared for is our faith. Be grateful for your bond with God and be grateful you don't need to dismiss someone else's faith to celebrate your own.

David Dunn Bauer is on the faculty of Easton Mountain's Gay Spirit Camp, July 30 through August 5, 2018.

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Intimacy

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Intimacy

You probably think a lot abut intimacy, but you may not realize that you're doing it.  You're thinking about how you can get a hot date for this weekend, or —

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A Taste for Community - Moxie shares Hunan cuisine! 

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A Taste for Community - Moxie shares Hunan cuisine! 

Our mission statement says we are "A worldwide fellowship of people enriched by our connection to Easton Mountain" We get volunteers from all over the world, and we love it when they can share their cultural heritage through the culinary arts. Last night, Moxie Peng led a community effort to put together a meal featuring some traditional Hunan dishes from his childhood! They included Coca-Cola chicken wings, twice cooked eggs, Snow Pea Greens, and Lotus Root! Come join the fun this summer! Check our website for great programs and volunteer opportunities!  

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Meet Dave Allen

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Meet Dave Allen

Sunfire first met Dave Allen in 2005, when Dave facilitated the Body Electric program, Power Surrender and Intimacy. So impressed was Sunfire by Dave's ability to create a dynamic retreat that he signed up for that program in 2006, 2007, and again in 2008.

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Featured Member of the Month: Rod Schichtel

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Featured Member of the Month: Rod Schichtel

Rod has been coming to Easton since Thanksgiving 2014 and became a member on his first visit, as he fell in love with Easton. Rod donated the decorations- tablecloths, napkins and cloth and made the dining room regal and festive for …

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Meet Moss Tidd

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Meet Moss Tidd

If we were to take a poll of who has brought the most fun to Easton Mountain, it's quite possible that Moss Tidd's name would be at the top of the list.

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Touch Speaks Louder Than Words

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Touch Speaks Louder Than Words

As a massage therapist and body worker for over thirty years, and having worked with so many gay, bi, and men beyond sexuality labels, I know the power of touch to offer comfort, connection, and to help men to heal from feelings of ...

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A Medical Doctor’s Journey to Shamanism in Peru.

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A Medical Doctor’s Journey to Shamanism in Peru.

I started studying Shamanism 18 months ago.  I was looking for an expression for my spirituality and intrigued by the universal connection of shamanic practice across cultures and time.  I started taking classes at a local community center, then had the opportunity to ...

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Why Tantra? And Why Now?

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Why Tantra? And Why Now?

Easton Mountain's Mission Statement describes us as "a force for positive change in the world." Rudy Ballentine's Kali Rising describes the body of Eastern teachings and practices known as tantra and shows how tantra can help us in the West navigate through the changes, positive and negative, that are all around us.  

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Candy's Corner - Edge of Glory !

“Sitting, reminiscing after a truly beautiful Edge of 17 retreat, full of gratitude for the amazing generosity and community support,  and hope for the future! Thank you to all who make Easton Mountain possible!”

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