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    Joe
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    In sure you’ve all heard of it… Maybe you’ve even taken the test?
    Does it have any relevance to a gay Christian? Can scientific understanding help us at all as gay Christians?

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    Joe
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    My score was something like, “mostly homo, with a few hetero tendencies”… This is all lighthearted pseudo-accademic fluff to me, but science carries a lot of weight in western culture… I’m not sure what to think about it all.

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    James
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    The Kinsey scale was certainly useful when it appeared because it taught the general public that not everyone is 100% heterosexual–and let those of us who aren’t know we’re not alone. It certainly opened people’s eyes to what they had previously refused to see though it was right under their noses.

    I think that these days a 1 to 10 monogamy-promiscuity scale study of people at both ends of the Kinsey scale might be equally as useful. Have you noticed how often heterosexual families are portrayed as paragons of virtue in anti-gay rhetoric? My assumption is that promiscuity is what many who decry the ‘gay lifestyle’ (and I assume many of us fall into that group) are really concerned about though it also exists in the heterosexual community.

    I’ve never understood why those who cry most loudly that homosexuality is a sin (these days one might almost say THE sin) are so active in standing in the way of recognizing gay/lesbian partnerships. You’d think they would rather limit the ‘sinning’ by enforcing monogamy instead of encouraging it by making monogamy difficult for gay/lesbian people.

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    Joe
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    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

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    Maria
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    I’ve heard some people say Kinsey’s research is inaccurate and there aren’t really “that many gay/bisexual/non-hetero people” but I’m not sure whether they’re validly critiquing it or are just looking at it with a homophobic bias.
    I think the scale is helpful though – at the very least it shows that there is a spectrum of sexuality. Sexuality is probably more fluid than a rigid scale could show but it still gives you an idea.

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    Joe
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    Yes, most certainly. James had a great point about promiscuity perhaps being factored in to “the spectrum” (side note: when I put words in quotes or capitalize certain words, it’s because I don’t how to make my phone do italics, not to actually “quote” or to “YELL”.) I have so many things about which I’d like to talk with you all, but I find it difficult to organize my thoughts into coherent chunks of written language. Thank you all for your patience with me (a mere “inquirer”). My anger and frustration surrounding these issues is certainly more of a stumbling block/obstacle between me (who/whatever I am) and The LORD then is my physicality/ sexual nature… I just wanna be a good sheep, but all the other sheep seem to think I’m a wolf! Whether that’s a fact, or simply a construct of my fevered and exhausted little brain, it grieves me deeply either way… Catch 22, you know what I mean? “Dammed if you do, and dammed if you don’t.”

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    Maria
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    No problem at all, Joe 🙂 I love coming here and chatting with you all.

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