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A community of furries of all faiths, any sexual orientation or gender identity, and allies
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We’re an über friendly community of queers and furries of all different faiths, and their allies. We’re a diverse bunch, and we like it that way. Life’s too short to spend it bickering over which religion is best or judging others for their sexual attraction or furry interests.

As far as discussions go, it’s important to remember this is a safe zone for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex/androgynous, or questioning individuals (LGBTIQ) and their allies. In all of our freedom in discussion, please remember that these are not open for debate, neither are you welcome to proselytize. Many found their way here from other communities where their orientation, gender identity, religious faith or lack thereof were not welcome, but here they will ~always~ be welcome. We are not a community which is usually in the habit of deleting posts or making people walk the plank, but we will take steps necessary to preserve the safe zone described above for all of our members. Yes, we have a plank *nod*.

We don’t often like the categories that many of us have been plopped into by others. We’re people, first and foremost, and on average we have the same aspirations and goals, sense of morality, and desire for truth that others have. We’re not anyone’s stereotype or scapegoat.

In the same way that there is diversity of species which make up our collective furry natures, there is diversity in gender identities and sexual orientations which are inborn in everyone. That often comes as a shock to those who try to see everything in black and white.

Many of us have been shunned or received hateful messages by former religious friends. Some have been condemned by our pastors and churches. Some are no longer allowed in our parents’ homes. Many have contemplated suicide and a few of us have attempted it. As a community, we’ve been compared to all sorts of things. But you know what? Haters gonna hate - we’re not going to focus on all of that. In reality, we’re very laid back and friendly, and a vision which permeates this community is to give back good for all the negativity, reaching out with compassion to others who are ready for deeper revelations of grace and love.

There is very little which is off-topic. Ask a question, share your beliefs, a book or movie review, a poem, or any current event you think would be of interest. Share what’s on your heart, promote a pertinent site or organization. YouTubes and polls are okay if they are related to LGBTIQ, faith or spirituality, or being furry. You might have a prayer request. Give your testimony or give a hug.

If you are on FurAffinity, please also visit our friends at Open Arms.

In our first six years we had visitors from nearly 100 countries.

preceding segment edited 2016.04.30

Furry Celebrates the Diversity

represented in each of us.

another advocate of
Furry Peace

The 'at-a-glance' furmeet and furry convention listing.
is a temporary link for information until their website is updated. Gray is a past event.

Friday, 6-8, 2017, Confurgence, Melbourne, Australia
Thursday, 14-18, 2016, Further Confusion, San Jose, CA

Wednesday, 1-5, 2017, Rusfurrence, Moscow, Russian Federation
Saturday, 6-9, 2016, aBandO, Ribeirão Grande, São Paulo, Brazil
Friday, 26-28, 2016, Fur Squared, Brookfield, WI

Thursday, 9-12, 2017, VancouFur, Richmond, BC, CN
Thursday, 9-12, 2017, Nordic Fuzz Con, Stockholm, Sweden
Wednesday, 9-13, 2016, Gdakon, Gdańsk, Poland
Friday, 17-19, 2017, Furnal Equinox, Toronto, ON, CN
Friday, 24-26, 2017, Furry Fiesta, Dallas, TX
Friday, 31-3, 2017, Furry Weekend Holland, Sleen, The Netherlands

Thursday, 6-9, 2017, Furry Weekend Atlanta, GA
Friday, 8-11, 2016, Motor City Fur Con, Novi, MI
Thursday, 21-26, 2016, Wild Nights, Robbers Cave State Park, OK
Friday, 28-30, 2017, Fur the 'More, Tysons Corner, VA

Wednesday, 4-8, 2016, WUFF, Kiev, Ukraine
Thursday, 5-8, 2016, AnthroOhio, Columbus, OH
Friday, 6-8, 2016, Fur Eh!, Edmonton, Alberta, CN
Friday, 6-8, 2016, Elliott's Spring Gathering, Las Vegas, NV
Thursday, 12-15, 2016, Biggest Little Fur Con, Reno, NV
Thursday, 12-16, 2016, Mephit Mini Con, Kirchen, Germany
Friday, 13-15, 2016, Gateway FurMeet, St. Louis, MO
Friday, 20-22, 2016, What the Fur, Montréal, Québec, CN
Monday, 26-29, 2016, ZodiaCon, Horni Bradlo, Czech Republic
Friday, 27-29, 2016, FurDU, Gold Coast, Queensland, AU
Friday, 27-29, 2016, Furlandia, Portland, OR
Friday, 27-29, 2016, Great Lakes Fur Con, Grand Rapids, MI
Friday, 27-29, 2016, Fur-Xoticon, West Springfield, MA
Friday, 27-31, 2016, ConFuzzled, Manchester, UK

Friday, 3-5, 2016, Califur, Irvine, CA
Thursday, 16-19, 2016, FinFur Animus, Tuusula, Finland
Thursday, 30-3, 2016, Anthrocon, Pittsburgh, PA

Monday, 4-7, 2016, Furtastic, Aalborg, Denmark
Wednesday, 6-10, 2016, ČeSFuR, Czech Republic
Friday, 8-10, 2016, BronyCon, Baltimore, MD
Saturday, 9-16, 2016, Lakeside Furs, Faak am See, Austria
Wednesday, 13-17, 2016, FurWanted, Pullman City, Germany
Friday, 15-16, 2016, Furry Siesta, Addison, TX
Saturday, 30th, 2016, Cologne FurDance, Köln, Germany

Thursday, 4-8, 2016, Campfire Tails, LaPine, OR
Friday, 5-7, 2016, Megaplex, Orlando, FL
Wednesday, 10-14, 2016, Futerkon, Poland
Friday, 12-14, 2016, FA:United, Herndon, VA
Friday, 12-14, 2016, Rocky Mountain Fur Con, Denver, CO
Wednesday, 17-21, 2016, Eurofurence, Magdeburg, Germany
Friday, 19-21, 2016, IndyFurCon, Indianapolis, IN
Thursday, 25-29, 2016, Feral!, Algonquin Park, Ontario, CN

Friday, 2-4, 2016, Mephit FurMeet, Olive Branch, MS
Friday, 9-11, 2016, Furry Migration, Bloomington, MN
Thursday, 15-18, 2016, FurryCon, Rochester, NY
Friday, 16-18, 2016, FurJAM, New South Wales, Australia
Saturday, 19, 2015, AnthrOhio Picnic, Westerville, OH
Friday, 30-2, 2016, Arizona Fur Con, Scottsdale
Friday, 30-2, 2016, FurWAG, Perth, Western AU

Friday, 7-9, 2016, Western Pennsylvania Furry Weekend, Pittsburgh
Saturday, 24th, 2015, Furloween, Orlando, FL
Thursday, 27-31, 2016, Fangcon, Birmingham, AL
Friday, 28-30, 2016, Furpocalypse, Cromwell, CT
Thursday, 29-1, 2015, Golden Leaves Con, Hasliberg, Switzerland
Saturday, 29-30, 2016, Elliott's Fall Festival, Winter Garden, FL

Friday, 4-6, 2016, ScotiaCon, Livingston, Scotland
Saturday, 7th, 2015, Howloween, Vancouver, BC, CN
Saturday, 19-20, 2016, Kemocon, Japan

Thursday, 1-4, 2016, Midwest FurFest, Rosemont, IL
Thursday, 31st, 2015, LAFF New Year's Eve, Chicago, IL

preceding segment edited 2016.05.10

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Please read our Bawer Transcripts prepared by amx.

Yes, Jesus Loves Me! Bible Study
“I do not feel obligated to believe that the same God who has endowed us
with sense, reason and intellect, has intended us to forgo their use.” ~ Galileo Galilei

Some lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people have been led to believe that the Bible is a book of condemnation for LGBT people. But it’s important to consider the difference between the document, and those in authority who purport to know its contents. There is a difference between the original intent, and tradition.

Traditional Christian teaching often condemns non-heterosexual people and their same-sex relationships.

It was “tradition” in which Galileo was condemned by the Church, because he taught that the Earth revolves around the sun. The Church’s traditional view based their “stationary earth theory” on scriptures like the poetic Job 26:7 “He stretches out the north over empty space; He hangs the earth on nothing” and I Samuel 2:8 “...for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and he hath set the world upon them.”

The astronomer and scientist Galileo was therefore labeled a heretic, was told to renounce his claims, and lived the remainder of his life under house arrest.

So as you click on each reference below, then read the scripture link at the top of each new page, you will likely feel that twinge of condemnation caused by the traditional Church which has taught you from birth their own biased interpretations. But just as Galileo finally received a formal apology from the Church in 1979, 337 years after his death, read the explanations of what the scriptures are truly saying in the context in which they were given. Read the old words with new understanding. Let it set you free!

First, the “clobber” passages traditionally used against gay and lesbian people...

Genesis 19:4-13
...is about the residents of Sodom who wanted to violently rape the guests of Lot out of their arrogance and show of dominance, and is in no way a condemnation of loving, committed relationships.

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13
‘Man shall not lie with man’ is a small portion of the “Law” which was only given to the Israelites, to primarily keep them from being assimilated into the cultures of the surrounding nations. Levitical Law in its entirety has never been adopted or mandated by any Christian denomination.

Romans 1:24-28
...is a warning for heterosexuals not to go against their own natural sexual orientation for their religion, or in pursuit of pleasure. It says nothing against gay people or their committed relationships.

I Corinthians 6:9-10; I Timothy 1:10
...are both victims of poor translations of arsenokoites and malakos in certain versions such as the Living Bible. Both instances are actually warnings against prostitution, and do not condemn loving, committed relationships.

Jude 7
...is centered around the term “strange flesh” which has been wrongly interpreted as same-sex relations, but a simple lesson in Greek reveals it is not talking about that at all.
~ This covers the biblical sum total of what they have against you. Their condemnation does not stand up to serious scrutiny, but the evidence in this study can too easily be explained away as a trick of the devil to trip up the faithful or a twist of scripture to further the ‘gay agenda.’ Their growth beyond condemnation is prolonged by both fear and pride: Fear in the irrational belief of a threat to society, to family, or to children; Pride in believing that they alone are equipped to truly ‘know’ the Bible, making it difficult to admit to themselves that they may have been mistaken all along, that they actually have a biblical obligation to receive LGBT believers as their brothers and sisters in Christ instead of maligning them.

Some will concede it is not a sin to be gay ‘as long as you don’t act on it.’ They argue that the Bible lacks examples of where such relationships are affirmed. Again, they would be mistaken. Here are just a few...

The Centurion who seeks healing for his Special Servant

Jesus mentions Natural-born Eunuchs

Philip and the Eunuch

...and in the Old Testament...
The nature of Ruth and Naomi’s relationship

The nature of David and Jonathan’s relationship

In conclusion, here is a promise in Isaiah for “Eunuchs” which is a term we now know refers to intersex and gay people.

This original version of the YJLM will receive no further updates.
Please visit this YJLM on the MyRainbowArk website which is updated, and which features a downloadable PDF version.

preceding segment edited 2011.02.11

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