I am in a very weird place right now, I am LGBT, in a relationship with another guy, and Catholic.
As I'm sure many of you know, that isn't particularly the easiest road to travel, lots of cognitive dissonance and trying to justify actions and behaviors.
Well, I think I've actually come to a very important place: I feel like I can for the most part reconcile my faith and my sexuality.
In terms of finding my place in this world --an identity to latch myself onto, a label to start identifying with-- I'm still getting there.
However, I think I've reached a point where I can become cognizant of what I want to be, how I want to comport myself, and what I want my ideals to be.
This is why I've decided to compile this Manifesto, because for the longest time, I've been searching for my identity, and finally, I feel like I've made it.
Here's my Manifesto:
1. To become cognizant of the transcendent beauty and universal truths held in common by all Religions and Creeds.
2. To promote an end to war whilst emphasizing diplomatic conflict-resolution and the use of defensive measures in contrast with war-mongering ideologies.
3. To strive towards the dissolution of religious fundamentalism in exchange for a Progressive worldview centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ.
4. To foster increased respect and acceptance towards all the peoples of the Earth, regardless of race, religious creed, socio-economic status, gender-identity, or individual ability.
5. To further the full integration of the marginalized into society whilst advocating for the extension of universal human rights, among which are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
6. To preserve the integrity of our Earth through ecological awareness and environmental stewardship.
7. To respect the dignity and right-to-life of all members of the animal kingdom.
8. To encourage the fullest expression of compassion and serenity amongst all members of the human race.
9. To enable the continued intellectual and emotional growth of our species.
10. To hold our neighbor to the same esteem that we hold ourselves.