Monday, June 1, 2015

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Via JMG: Debbie Wasserman Shultz: Celebrate Pride With An Eye On Work Still To Be Done

"These Republican candidates want to take us backwards, undoing the progress we’ve fought so hard to secure. Jeb Bush has said that, 'the institution of marriage is under attack in our society.' Marco Rubio said one would need to have a 'ridiculous and absurd reading of the U.S. Constitution' to think same-sex couples have the right to marry. Rand Paul, the candidate who supposedly wants to broaden the GOP’s appeal and outreach to young voters, said that same-sex marriage 'offends' him. Others, including Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal, all oppose marriage equality.

There are many places around the world where people are still subjected to violence and discrimination based on who they are or who they love, particularly for the transgender community. Even here at home, we’ve failed to enact protections like the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. In just a few weeks, the Supreme Court will issue a decision on whether same-sex couples have the right to marry nationwide. This June, as we celebrate LGBT Pride Month, the LGBT community and its allies are proud to look back on the victories we’ve achieved, and rededicate ourselves to the fights still ahead."
- Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, writing for the Washington Blade.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

The Baha'i Faith is Homophobic

May 18, 2015
To all Local Spiritual Assemblies
and registered Bahá'í groups

Dearest Bahá'í Friends,

A four-page letter from the Universal House of Justice on the subject of homosexuality has recently been receiving wide circulation via the Internet and through personal email lists, and we are increasingly being asked to comment on its authenticity.

The letter—dated May 9, 2014, to an individual believer in response to a personal inquiry—was indeed issued by the Supreme Body through its Department of the Secretariat. We enclose it here for your reference.

We hope that you will find this letter helpful to your work and in strengthening the friends’ understanding.

With loving Bahá'í greetings,

Kenneth E. Bowers
National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá’ís of the United States

The enclosure referred to in the letter, a letter from the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer dated May 9, 2014, can be accessed using the following hyperlink:

May 9, 2014 from the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer:

The two enclosures to the May 9 letter, dated April 19 and April 23, have been available on the member services website for some time, but hyperlinks to those letters are also provided here for the friends’ ease of reference:

April 19, 2013 from the Universal House of Justice to individual believers:

April 23, 2013 from the Universal House of Justice to a National Spiritual Assembly:

Should you encounter any difficulty accessing the files, please contact for assistance. These letters are also provided, per usual, in the Guidance Library of our member services website,, under the 2015 communications of the Universal House of Justice. This email is being sent only to Local Spiritual Assembly secretaries and group correspondents.

With loving Bahá'í greetings,
Office of the Secretary
National Spiritual Assembly
of the Bahá’ís of the United States

Via WGB: PROFILES IN PRIDE :: June 1st - Aaron Copland

Aaron Copland
Classical composer/Conductor
(1900 –1990)

 With a distinctive ability to blend classical, folk, and jazz styles into his music, Aaron Copland broke away from “European” sensibilities to become one of the most vibrant composers of the 20thCentury.   Premiering his first symphony at the age of 24, he went on to earn countless awards and accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize for Appalachian Spring; an Academy Award for his film score to “The Heiress;” and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  Among his other well know works are El Salon MexicoA Lincoln PortraitRodeo, and Fanfare for the Common Man.

. "If it's in the music, it's in the man."
-- Aaron Copland

Via Lizzy the Lezzy ? FB:

Via JMG: Maytag Celebrates Pride Month

Memo to Brian Brown: Maytag was acquired by Whirlpool Corporation in 2006. The largest home appliance maker in the world, Whirlpool is currently ranked at #154 on the Fortune 500 and has annual sales of $20 billion. Other Whirlpool brands include Amana, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.

Reposted from Joe Jervis

Via Meditación CB / FB:

♫ Música para Activar, Limpiar y Alinear los CHAKRAS ♫

Tina Turner - Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu - (Peace Mantra + Transcription)

Spiritual Reality Power Of Meditation

Sri Prem Baba: Flor do Dia- Flor del Día- Flower of the day 01/06/2015

“Estamos atravessando tempos difíceis. O sofrimento e a crueldade do mundo estão por toda parte e é inevitavelmente que você sinta isso passando por você. Em tempos como esse é preciso aprender a transmutar essas energias no seu próprio aparelho, no seu corpo, caso contrário você se desespera. É como se houvesse uma nuvem negra encobrindo sua visão e gerando medo. Você se sente muito solitário. E por mais que existam hierarquias espirituais te dando proteção e apoio, essa nuvem impede que você perceba essa conexão.” 

“Estamos atravesando tiempos difíciles. El sufrimiento y la crueldad del mundo están en todas partes y es inevitable que sientas eso pasando a través de ti. En tiempos como este, es necesario aprender a transmutar estas energías en tu propio aparato, en tu cuerpo, de lo contrario te desesperas. Es como si hubiese una nube negra cubriendo tu visión y generando miedo. Te sientes muy solo. Y por más que existan jerarquías espirituales dándote protección y apoyo, esta nube impide que percibas esa conexión” 

“We are experiencing difficult times on Earth. Suffering and cruelty are all around us in the world, and it is inevitable that we will feel this passing through us. At times like this we need to learn how to transform these energies within ourselves through our bodies, otherwise we will enter into despair. It’s as though a black cloud is blocking our vision and generating fear. We feel very alone, and even though spiritual hierarchies really are protecting and supporting us, this cloud prevents us from perceiving this connection.”

Today's Daily Dharma: A Voice from the Outside

A Voice from the Outside
The recluse appears to be useless. He?s off in the middle of nowhere, doing nothing. And yet what he?s able to see because of his doing nothing is important for everyone. It would be nice if the shakers and the movers were able to see what the recluse sees, now and then.

- David Budbill, "A Voice from the Outside"