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Posted: 19 April 2012 02:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]  
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Tommy Turner - 19 April 2012 04:43 AM

Does Masonic lodges accept homosexuals and transsexuals?

I merged this with another thread about the same topic, so please read above for answers to your question.

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Posted: 25 April 2014 11:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]  
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I can say from my own experience in my lodge in Northeastern Pennsylvania there is no issue whatsoever.  We have a total of 327 members, and I am very open in my own sexuality and have been met with nothing but kindness.  I’m not saying that I don’t believe some members do not agree with how I choose to live my life, but for me it is not a choice and I believe I was born this way.  I am very involved in the civic community and I find that if you are a good person that is looking to do good than the majority of the time those boundaries of homophobia or persecution crumble.  I am not going to say that my experience is going to be the same no matter where you go, but I feel a man should be based upon the character of their person and not their skin, age, disability, or even sexual orientation.  Yes, older members of my lodge may not like the idea, but I have been surprised and have quite a few come up to me and said that they were my brother and nothing would ever alter that.  Likewise I have also had younger members point out to me that there is nothing in the bylaws that state that one can not be gay and a member of the lodge at the same time.  As others have stated it does take a ballot by members where anyone can black ball you for any reason and one does not have to say what that reason is.  However in PA we need a total of two blackballs from the start to make that so.  As an alternative, if your lodge is small enough or you have some friends who may be able to sway the Worshipful Master to ask for a ballot by voice.  I tend to find people are far less inclined to black ball if it is done via a voice balloting.

Just my own experiences as a gay male and master mason from a very conservative coal mining region of Pennsylvania.

Rob

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Posted: 25 April 2014 11:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]  
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Thanks for the insight into your experience, brother Rob!

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Posted: 25 April 2014 10:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]  
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No problem, I know there are far and few in-between those that can give a real first hand perspective on this topic, and it was one I had many questions with myself when I was thinking of joining.

For me once you truly learn what masonry is I think it is a no brainier when it comes to wanting to join.  I love knowledge and learning, and there is nothing truly like having people that you can call your fellow brothers and also to know that they are always there for you.  All differences aside in politics, religion, and even this…  it’s an amazing feeling to know that people can come together, look past everything and try to become better individuals and they are there for one another no matter what it is.

THAT is Freemasonry at its core in my opinion, and I’m glad I could contribute just a bit.

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32nd Degree Master Mason of Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Bloomsberg, PA

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