By Mister Curie
The more I learn about other religions, the less unique Mormonism seems and the less unique my own struggles seem and the more they seem indicative of the human condition.
I watched a couple of documentaries on Netflix "Instant Watching" this past weekend, "Trembling before G-d" and "Jihad of Love".
"Trembling before G-d" is about the struggles of homosexuals in Judaism and "Jihad of Love" is about the struggles of homosexuals in Islam. I think the cultural circumstances were different enough from my Mormon upbringing that I was able to see the common struggles we all face. It also makes me realize how lucky I am to have been raised in America. If I thought accepting I am gay was difficult in American Mormonism, I don't know how Muslims can accept their homosexuality.
The documentaries also made me realize how difficult it is going to be for my parents to learn of my disaffection and homosexuality. It is easy for me to think of my journey as MY journey, but due to the interconnectedness of our lives, it will affect my parents' life as well.