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Gay Masons

Can a gay man be a Mason?  Though there are many people who would say no, I say yes.  A gay man can be a Mason.

Besides the obvious, i.e., I am a gay man and am a Mason, there is nothing in the history of our Fraternity to say a gay man can not be a Mason.

There are other gay men who belong to our Fraternity.  I have met some in person and some through the Internet.  There are gay men in the United States who are Masons.  There are gay men in England who are Masons.  And, I am sure there are gay men throughout the world who are Masons.

And, a look at the history of our Fraternity can reveal some amazing facts.

Oscar Wilde

Do you recognize the picture above?  It is a picture of Oscar Wilde.

Many of us are familir with the works of Oscar Wilde, including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest.  And, many of us are aware of the fact that he was imprisoned for two years for alleged homosexual activity.

But, did you know that Oscar Wilde belonged to our Fraternity and is proudly listed among "famous Masons"?

Oscar Wilde was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on May 25, 1875 at Apollo Univeristy Lodge #357 --- a fact commemorated on a Masonic First Day Cover:

Oscar Wilde Masonic First Day Cover

A positive answer to can a gay man be a Mason can be read on Rt. Wor. Gary L. Dryfoos' excellent website about Freemasonry ( http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/ ).

The Letter of the Month for October 1999 ( http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/Letters/letter9910b.html ) and the Letter of the Month for December 1999 ( http://web.mit.edu/dryfoo/Masonry/Letters/letter9912.html ) specifically address the question.

As Rt. Wor. Dryfoos writes:

But no matter what anyone might tell you, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING in the ancient landmarks of Masonry that forbids the membership of gay men.

And, finally:

Masonry was supposed to teach you to drop your own plumbline and build true to that, and to respect the plumbline and the true building of others.

 

 


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