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Over the last three decades, as GLBT people, we have seen changes in many areas such as social acceptance, legislation, policies and a growing, visible, GLBT community, with all it’s many subcultures. There is, of course, still much work to be done. The last bastions of homophobia, misinformation and even hatred of sexual minorities are and will be religious institutions.
Resolving the fact that you are not opposite sex attracted, like everyone else, usually causes a degree of stress and takes time to resolve. If you come from a religious background and particularly a strong Christian belief system, then the process and issues become much more complex. The dissonance between your reality (you are homosexual) and your belief (homosexuals are not acceptable to God) can be enormous. Fuelled by a sense of isolation, shame and guilt, this dissonance has driven most people from church backgrounds to thoughts of suicide, some attempts and others succeeding. Everything is internalised and if unresolved, results in other mental health issues, addictions and can even create physical illnesses.
Working through the maze of resolving faith and sexuality can take years but with support, information and an understanding of a few principles that process can be accelerated