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    Thursday
    Dec062012

    Mormon Website Embraces LGBT Community

    By Dan Merica, CNN - December 6, 2012

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which has fought against same-sex marriage throughout the United States, launched a website on Thursday that preaches understanding and compassion for the gay and lesbian community.

    The website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction”www.mormonsandgays.org, outlines the church's position on “same-sex attraction” and provides readers with a host of videos from “church members who are attracted to people of the same sex, and conversations with the loved ones of gay spouses, children, or grandchildren who are dealing with the effects of same-sex attraction in their own lives.” [Read Full Story]

    Monday
    Jun252012

    Changing the Mormon conversation on homosexuality

    By Donald Fletcher, Washington Post/Religion News Service - June 25, 2012

    I am going to use heartfelt, strong language as I stress the importance of a new, groundbreaking publication that has — in my opinion — the ability to save lives. Its subject matter is far too important to be ignored or taken lightly, especially when we regularly read about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and adults that leave the Mormon Church, never mind the senseless loss of many to suicide.

    “Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-Day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Children,” co-authored by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project and Bob Rees, Ph.D, former Mormon bishop, may well be the tool that gives LDS families what they need to accept their LGBT children. [Read Full Story]

    Friday
    Nov182011

    Openly gay BYU producer, filmmaker fired

    By Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune - November 18, 2011

    LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University has fired Kendall Wilcox, an executive producer in the school’s broadcasting department who, on his own time, is making an independent documentary about being gay and Mormon.

    Wilcox announced the move Friday morning on his Facebook page, saying he was terminated the previous week by his BYU supervisors who “cited certain tasks and communications that I had not performed to their liking.” [Read Full Story]

    Photo courtesy of Kendall Wilcox

    Sunday
    Nov062011

    Mormon bishop says church responsible for gays’ emotional wounds

    By Billl Oram, The Salt Lake Tribune - November 6, 2011

    The way gays are treated and perceived by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an “atrocity,” an LDS bishop from Illinois told a group of gay Mormons Sunday.

    “If you leave here not remembering what I have to say, remember this: I’m sorry,” Bishop Kevin Kloosterman said at an interfaith service held at the First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City.

    Kloosterman spoke at the final event of a weekend-long seminar dedicated to exploring gay Mormon issues, titled Circling the Wagons. He said he recently became aware of LGBT issues and had a “mighty change of heart.” [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Lennie Mahler, The Salt Lake Tribune

    Saturday
    Sep242011

    Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon

    By Jessica Ravitz, CNN - September 24, 2011

    Early on in life, Mitch Mayne knew exactly who he was.

    He would race home from school to watch reruns of “Star Trek” and swoon over his crush, Captain Kirk. At 8, after his parents converted, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a faith he embraced. Even after he drifted away from the LDS Church following his parents’ divorce, he came back to Mormonism on his own in his mid-20s.

    It is where he feels spiritually at home, irrespective of the fact that, for the past 10 years, he’s been openly gay. [Read Full Story]