LGBTQ

September 27, 2021 04:03 PM MDT
The article speaks directly to members who identify as gay or lesbian or experience same-sex attraction.
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April 20, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
As my social work program came to a close, I remember a distinct moment walking across campus to the Marriott Center for a Tuesday devotional. I realized that BYU had become my home and that I wasn’t ready to leave.
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March 18, 2021 03:15 PM MDT
A few weeks ago, I walked into Deseret Book and was overwhelmed to see a large poster declaring “You are Loved” displayed proudly over two books by gay authors. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who has struggled to find resources, hope, and visibility within my community, this was a visual representation that brighter days are ahead.
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October 29, 2020 07:43 PM MDT
On this week’s episode of This is the Gospel, three storytellers share what it means to them to “act well thy part.” Among these guests is Charlie Bird, who speaks of his wrestle with coming out as gay to his brother, Sam, for fear of damaging their close relationship. But as they were climbing Mount Kilimanjaro together, something clicked. “I have to tell him,” Charlie realized. Read Charlie and Sam’s account of what happened next.
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March 07, 2020 01:05 AM MST
Following a peaceful protest and rally outside the Church Office Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday afternoon, Church spokesman Doug Andersen made the following statement:
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By  Ian Calk
July 27, 2019 09:01 AM MDT
“If a patient comes into your office saying they are having the worst headache of their life, you send them to the hospital!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that from my professors in chiropractic school, I probably could have graduated debt free.
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By  LDS Living
May 24, 2019 01:26 PM MDT
"What are some concrete ways members of our church can be more accepting of those who do not share our beliefs?"
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May 13, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is deeply concerned that the ongoing conflicts between religious liberty and LGBT rights is poisoning our civil discourse, eroding the free exercise of religion and preventing diverse Americans of good will from living together in respect and peace. Lawmakers across the nation, including members of Congress, are working to enact or strengthen laws that ensure LGBT persons fair access to important rights, such as nondiscrimination in areas like housing, employment and appropriate public accommodations. The Church is on record favoring reasonable measures that secure such rights.
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By  LDS Living
May 06, 2019 01:37 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint Matt Easton's powerful valedictorian speech has been shared across the nation, and he recently appeared on Ellen to share more of his remarkable story.
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May 02, 2019 11:38 AM MDT
Pride is often referred to as the universal sin. From the perspective of Latter-day Saint theology, this seems pretty accurate; pride caused Satan to rebel against heaven, pride led to the downfall of ancient civilizations, pride is the driving factor that has caused evil individuals throughout history to come to power, and anyone who has studied the Book of Mormon has probably heard of the pride cycle. However, for this discussion, I’d like to move away from the archetypal, “big picture” idea of pride to focus on the perspective of it as an individual characteristic, that is, of personal pride.
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April 29, 2019 01:55 PM MDT
CNN. Washington Post. Fox. Huffington Post. CBS. One Latter-day Saint's powerful valedictorian speech has been gaining traction as it reaches headlines across the nation.
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April 16, 2019 07:23 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint author Tom Christofferson shares how the Church policy change regarding membership for children of same-sex couples should remind us to love one another this Easter season.
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April 05, 2019 08:19 PM MDT
I am not in a same-sex relationship. I have no plans to marry a man. I have no children. The November 2015 policy said nothing about gay Latter-day Saints like me. And yet when I read about the policy, I felt pain and confusion. You see, the hurt came from wondering if the church didn’t want people like me. The hurt came from feeling excluded. The hurt came from fearing that if I chose to be in a same-sex marriage that I would be erased from my people.
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April 05, 2019 07:00 PM MDT
Religious leaders and followers have long grappled with paradoxical points of doctrine. Thursday’s announcement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints relating to the baptisms and blessings of children of LGBT couples is no exception.
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April 04, 2019 07:35 PM MDT
Following are statements from leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on LGBT topics:
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April 04, 2019 12:53 PM MDT
At this wonderful general conference time, it is our privilege to bring together senior leaders of the Church from around the world to provide instruction and to unify our effort to bring God’s children closer to the gospel of Jesus Christ. This morning in a leadership session the First Presidency provided instruction on several important topics. We are pleased to share with our members and friends some very positive messages from that meeting.
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March 19, 2019 12:37 PM MDT
No matter who we are or where we are, the Savior is always there for us, and it is by His grace that all the children of God are made perfect.
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February 26, 2019 08:03 PM MST
As I integrate my sexual orientation with my church activity and faith in Jesus Christ, my future sometimes seems bleak and overwhelming. The family and friends who have shown me Christlike love and support, however, give me hope.
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February 09, 2019 03:42 PM MST
The older I get the more I realize life is an interesting journey. It is a journey that will consistently and constantly teach us if we are willing and open to learn in the areas of unconditional love and acceptance. When I was at Ricks College a long time ago, I met and fell in love with an amazing individual, Ivan. We dated until he left on his mission. Then we dated after he returned from his mission and before I left on my mission. After the missions we lost contact with each other. He went to Utah State and I went to Brigham Young University.
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January 28, 2019 04:09 PM MST
When we interact with our LGBTQ members in the Church, are we showing them the respect they deserve as fellow brothers and sisters in the gospel?
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December 28, 2018 04:14 PM MST
Years ago, before the Church instituted the three-hour block schedule for our Sunday meetings, we used to go to the chapel for meetings three times every Sunday—once in the morning for priesthood meeting, a second time for Sunday School opening exercises and classes, and finally a third time for a ninety-minute sacrament meeting. When I was a very young man, our ward’s Sunday School superintendent, Brother Marchant, came to our class one Sunday to ask for volunteers who would be willing to give the prayer, the 2½-minute talks, and the sacrament gem (a verse of scripture shared before the sacrament was passed) in the following week’s Sunday School opening exercises. My strategy was to quickly volunteer to say either the prayer or the sacrament gem. I was motivated by the desire to avoid having to give a talk at all costs! Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t the only person in the class with that strategy, and I missed out on my first choice, the prayer. I was quick enough, however, to score the sacrament gem assignment. Given the other alternative, I felt lucky.
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By  LDS Living
December 19, 2018 07:38 PM MST
Latter-day Saint and original Studio C cast member Stacey Harkey shared a Facebook message on December 19, 2018, in which he came out as gay.
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November 16, 2018 05:15 PM MST
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November 05, 2018 05:58 PM MST
“I fear that our society is losing its ability to come together with respect and civility and to find solutions when we see things differently,” said Elder Craig C. Christensen, area president of the Utah Areas, who welcomed the NCAA Common Ground Executive Committee to Temple Square.
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By  Jon Cooper
October 20, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
When I was younger I had a very unpleasant "tradition." Twice a year my throat was attacked to where each time I swallowed, it caused me immense pain and my throat constantly burned. Every time, my mother took me to the doctor, who identified the problem as strep throat. Visiting him for my diagnosis quickly joined my "tradition" of having a burning throat. After years of catching—and healing—from strep, I finally had my tonsils removed. Not only was the following week one of the best of my life, but since that day I have never had strep throat again.
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By  LDS Living
October 18, 2018 08:47 AM MDT
Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints isn’t always easy—especially if you or a loved one identify as LGBTQ or experience same-sex attraction. The Church's official website, mormonandgay.lds.org, is a great place to start. In addition, here are four valuable resources for Latter-day Saints who are personally experiencing same-sex attraction, or for those who need help knowing how to support someone close to them who is. These books, written by gospel scholars and individuals who experience it personally, are meant to provide hope, help you move forward with faith, and help you understand God’s unconditional love for you as you figure out your individual path in the gospel with His help.
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September 08, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from That We May Be One, A Gay Mormon's Perspective on Faith & Family by Tom Christofferson.
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August 28, 2018 09:11 PM MDT
“Our relationship to God and the purpose of earth life are explained in terms of the family," President Dallin H. Oaks said as he addressed young married couples from 11 stakes in the Los Angeles area. "We are the spirit children of heavenly parents. The gospel plan is implemented through earthly families, and our highest aspiration is to perpetuate those family relationships throughout eternity."
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August 27, 2018 11:01 AM MDT
After Cal Burke wrote his heartbreakingly honest story about the moment he first told someone he was gay on Twitter, it immediately began making an impact. Receiving nearly 1,000 likes and over 100 retweets, this story about a mission president's beautiful response to one missionary's worries demonstrates deep love and compassion worth emulating.
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August 10, 2018 12:34 PM MDT
"Because we love our school, we hope it reconsiders and lets religious groups continue to authentically reflect their religious groups," said InterVarsity's student president, Katrina Schrock, in a statement.
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August 08, 2018 01:14 PM MDT
“As aspiring Christians but still imperfect saints, we may not always understand the struggles of others or know how to help, but we can always love them, creating safe spaces where others — and often we ourselves — can struggle with the ‘hard sayings’ in life,” BYU professor Eric D. Huntsman said.
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By  LDS Living
July 25, 2018 06:09 PM MDT
In November 2017, Elder M. Russell Ballard said, "We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. Certainly, we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord."
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July 19, 2018 04:25 PM MDT
A Provo family has made its home a sort of sanctuary for members of the LGBTQ community, especially those who need something to eat and a place where they can escape from suicidal thoughts.
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July 19, 2018 07:00 AM MDT
As an English major, I have enjoyed taking several classes on ethics and social justice that address issues like implicit bias, racism, and sexism. I love the way these classes opened my eyes to things I had never noticed before about the world around me. While I had always known that equal rights were important, I became more sensitive to the importance of these issues in a way I never had before. I felt that gaining this wisdom was invaluable—that it would make me a stronger, more sensitive voice, both in my career and in my service in the Church.
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July 11, 2018 01:30 PM MDT
“We hope that this LDS Foundation grant to Affirmation will aid in suicide prevention amongst LGBTQ+ Mormons throughout the world and also be an encouragement to LDS members, bishops, Young Men and Young Women presidencies, and others working with Mormon youth to take advantage of these training opportunities with us,” Affirmation President Carson Tueller said in a news release.
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June 27, 2018 07:47 PM MDT
Years ago, before the Church instituted the three-hour block schedule for our Sunday meetings, we used to go to the chapel for meetings three times every Sunday—once in the morning for priesthood meeting, a second time for Sunday School opening exercises and classes, and finally a third time for a ninety-minute sacrament meeting. When I was a very young man, our ward’s Sunday School superintendent, Brother Marchant, came to our class one Sunday to ask for volunteers who would be willing to give the prayer, the 2½-minute talks, and the sacrament gem (a verse of scripture shared before the sacrament was passed) in the following week’s Sunday School opening exercises. My strategy was to quickly volunteer to say either the prayer or the sacrament gem. I was motivated by the desire to avoid having to give a talk at all costs! Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t the only person in the class with that strategy, and I missed out on my first choice, the prayer. I was quick enough, however, to score the sacrament gem assignment. Given the other alternative, I felt lucky.
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June 26, 2018 12:37 PM MDT
"The purpose of music is to unite people," said Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett. "Music affects people in many ways. This is a great opportunity to bring two cultures, if you will, to the center of things and to build bridges, to make friends, and to make an enjoyable experience for everyone through music."
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June 13, 2018 09:18 PM MDT
Same-sex relationships, including same-sex parents and same-sex couples, will soon be provided in FamilySearch Family Tree.
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May 08, 2018 01:02 PM MDT
"To me, when you strive to lighten another’s burdens, you are truly angels of mercy in the most literal sense," Elder Holland powerfully testifies in a new Ensign article. Here is just a portion of his message. Read the full article here.
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April 25, 2018 05:08 PM MDT
“We all have crosses we’re carrying,” former YSA Bishop Richard Ostler said. “To understand someone’s cross, we’ve kind of got to go there with them, listen to their story, and then we’re fully able to mourn with them or comfort them or walk with them.”
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By  Debra Coe
March 31, 2018 09:16 AM MDT
The suicide rate among youth in the U.S. continues to rise—especially in Utah. How can we protect the youth in our families and wards? Here is what the experts say.
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February 09, 2018 03:51 PM MST
“Just as I have tried to help people understand and they have wanted me to help people understand that my story isn’t anyone else’s; Josh’s story isn’t anyone else’s either and nobody can make any assumptions on any other mixed-orientation marriage based on his,” says Laurie Campbell, a Lesbian Mormon who married a man and whose story is featured on lds.org.
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January 24, 2018 12:27 PM MST
"I want anyone who is a member of the Church who is gay or lesbian to know I believe you have a place in the kingdom and I recognize that sometimes it may be difficult for you to see where you fit in the Lord’s Church, but you do," an LDS Church ad on social media states.
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By  Debra Coe
November 08, 2017 04:53 PM MST
“What is changing—and what needs to change—is to help Church members respond sensitively and thoughtfully where they encounter same-sex attraction in their own families, among other Church members, or elsewhere." —Elder Dallin H. Oaks
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October 13, 2017 04:00 AM MDT
Tom Christofferson, author of That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon's Perspective on Faith & Family, was recently interviewed by RadioWest's Doug Fabrizio, sharing moments from his life and insights into what it means to be a happy, gay Mormon.
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By  LDS Living
October 06, 2017 07:00 PM MDT
UPDATE: Over the past several weeks, Tom Christofferson has been sharing his story in a variety of places. Now you can watch his faith journey in even greater detail in KSL's new television special, which aired on Sunday, October 15th. Watch it here on KSL.
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October 05, 2017 01:16 PM MDT
"Faces of USGA," a nonprofit photojournalism project that dedicates itself to spreading awareness of LGBTQ students on BYU campus, recently featured a lesbian student at BYU, one who simply calls herself a "Mormon girl." (USGA, or Understanding Same-Gender Attraction, is an unofficial student group at BYU.)
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September 12, 2017 10:07 PM MDT
Editor’s Note: LGBTQ issues are sensitive and complex. The following article is about one man’s journey and is not in any way meant to suggest that his experience is the right experience for others. We thank Tom Christofferson for graciously sharing his story in an effort to foster greater understanding and a more open dialogue about LGBTQ issues in the Church.
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August 30, 2017 03:08 PM MDT
In a raw, honest interview, Josh Searle, from eastern Idaho, recently discussed with East Idaho Newswhat it’s like to be gay and an active member of the Church.
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By  LDS Living
August 21, 2017 04:51 PM MDT
Editorial note: This is a personal story of how two women came to join the Church. It's important to remember that every person's journey is different, and we acknowledge that gay members of the Church should find the solution that best works for their situation. This story was shared as part of a series called Splitting the Sky, a YouTube documentary series featuring stories of predominately LDS women.
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July 31, 2017 05:46 PM MDT
After the death of his friend to suicide and working with The Trevor Project, a national suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth, lead singer for the band Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds, is organizing a music festival to show that people with different points of view can still show love for each other.
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June 01, 2017 03:11 PM MDT
"You continue on as a family and you just love each other, you just trust in God’s plan. You follow the Savior, who has shown us so perfectly how to love and be kind," Becky Mackintosh says.
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May 30, 2017 04:27 PM MDT
Same-sex attraction is a sensitive and complex topic, especially within the Church. While many Church members know a loved one or are personally experiencing same-sex attraction, understanding how to reconcile our beliefs with loving others and our day-to-day experience can be difficult. How can we better understand others? How can we love and support others in the healthiest way possible? How can we help others find true happiness?
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March 29, 2017 01:52 PM MDT
Josh Searle was one of many gay Mormons whose stories were featured on the Church's website, mormonandgay.lds.org.Here is just one of the Church videos that shared his story:
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March 25, 2017 02:00 PM MDT
"Answers don’t always come neatly wrapped in a Sunday School lesson. Sometimes they come in unexpected life experiences. But the answers come."
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March 22, 2017 02:12 PM MDT
Josh Searle was one of many gay Mormons whose stories were featured on the Church's website, mormonandgay.lds.org.Here is just one of the Church videos that shared his story:
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By  LDS Living
March 16, 2017 06:56 PM MDT
When Becky and Scott Mackintosh's son came out to them as gay, they didn't know how to process the situation and feared what would happen to their family. And though it took time for them to understand, they've found ways to love and overcome through our Savior's love.
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March 10, 2017 01:56 PM MST
Most Americans believe religious responses to gay and lesbian issues is an important reason young people are leaving organized religion. But researchers who have dug into this topic have discovered some findings that might surprise you.
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