Just thought I would say Hey,
I am a 23 year old gay guy who is currently working on a PhD in Psychology (Human Factors) and I have an interesting past for someone my age..
I was raised nominal Christian, I went to a Catholic school my parents sent me to for some reason that I am not 100% sure of. It wasn't the best place for a gay kid if I am honest I was bullied and some of the stuff you heard about gay people freaked me out big time !
When I was 19 during my undergrad course I took the shahada and became a convert to Islam. My closest friends at the time were Muslims and I was a severely repressed gay guy wanting a way to find meaning and be accepted by a community and as some of you know Muslims pretty much adore converts, my friends did.
I used to think it was a nice religion, I prayed, sometimes went to the mosque with my friends did all that crap.
It lasted the grand total of 8 moths after which I had a freak out, got some help and the realised "What am I doing to myself" , questioned everything and became this atheist prat that I am now.
By Muslim standards I am an apostate, but I question if my conversion was really valid since I was mentally ill, lonely and suckered in by the nice parts I didn't know what I was accepting or praying to really.
Too many people get suckered by religion in one form or another, presuming they're not indoctrinated into it as kids, so I wouldn't feel too bad about that. Of course, you now have the bonus of being a terrorist in addition to being an atheist, at least according to the higher-ups in Saudi Arabia. Don't you feel SPECIAL?!?
So welcome, "atheist prat," from the rest of us atheist prats! Wade on in, the water ain't deep, and please enjoy yourself!
I feel like such an idiot for listening to those Muslims over stuff! I mean if you look at some of the stuff in the Koran and Hadiths I can't believe I fell for it !
At least now I have actually found real love, I have a boyfriend and I have finally started to live as the young gay guy I am meant to be. It breaks my heart to hear about these gay kids forced onto the streets and the like by overly religious parents!
I hear you. It happens in the States as well, way too much. I hear horror stories about gay kids in Utah (a VERY Mormon state!) where there is a sizable percentage of homeless gay youth - stinking tragic.
Me? I'm an old fart (63!), married, very bisexual with a wife who's okay with that (!!!), and doing at least fair to middlin'. I think you'll find this is a good place. I've been here four years plus, and enjoy it a LOT. Hope you do, too!
Nice to meet you, "Prat"!
Welcome! Unfortunately the major religions really don't have a place for the non heterosexual something I've felt keenly since adolescence. But its a big world and there are a lot of places you will be respected and your love honored.