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Straight Mormons to March in Salt Lake City Gay Pride Parade in Act of Reconciliation: VIDEO

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A group of straight Mormons will march in Salt Lake City's Gay Pride parade on Sunday, FOX 13 reports:

They call themselves “Mormons Building Bridges” and they are planning to march in this year’s Pride parade. It is a move toward reconciliation between two communities that have had been at odds in the past.

“We are faithful, practicing Mormons who feel like it’s time to reach out with love and understanding to the LGBT community,” says group spokeswoman Erika Munson.

Munson has never been to a Pride parade before, but the devout Mormon is organizing more than 100 faithful LDS Church members in their Sunday best to march among the more colorful entries to show their love.

“We are following the greater commandment of Jesus, which is to love one another and love one another unconditionally, and we want to do that,” says Munson.

Organizers of the parade have situated the group behind the grand marshal.

Watch Munson speak about the effort, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. For people who claim to be christian, these people are behaving a lot like christians are supposed to. Good for them.

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 30, 2012 9:00:45 PM


  2. This is one of those "love the sinner" type of things, isn't it? Nice try, mormons.

    Posted by: george | May 30, 2012 9:01:09 PM


  3. Sounds like they want forgiveness without saying sorry. You can't reconcile with homophobia.

    Posted by: Raphael | May 30, 2012 9:24:34 PM


  4. "We are faithful, practicing Mormons who feel like it’s time to reach out with love and understanding to the LGBT community (now that we have spent millions and fought ferociously to successfully keep you from marrying in California)."

    Posted by: Olive Yurdic | May 30, 2012 9:24:44 PM


  5. I see that "Operation Phony Grass-Roots Image Repair" is in full swing.

    Something tells me that after the election, these "pro-gay" Mormons will be as visible as they were in the wake of Prop 8 (they weren't).

    After the silly videos from the "students at BYU" and random group of parents who told us we "have same sex attraction" like we "have ADHD" were almost universally thought to be WAY too high and similar in production value to be anything but a high-end job, this is their next step.

    Wonder what those crazy (literally) kids will get up to next.

    Posted by: Jasun Mark | May 30, 2012 9:47:03 PM


  6. I see that "Operation Phony Grass-Roots Image Repair" is in full swing.

    Something tells me that after the election, these "pro-gay" Mormons will be as visible as they were in the wake of Prop 8 (they weren't).

    After the silly videos from the "students at BYU" and random group of parents who told us we "have same sex attraction" like we "have ADHD" were almost universally thought to be WAY too high and similar in production value to be anything but a high-end job, this is their next step.

    Wonder what those crazy (literally) kids will get up to next.

    Posted by: Jasun Mark | May 30, 2012 9:47:04 PM


  7. Nullnaught, as classy as ever. Still my favorite Towleroad poster.

    George, Raphael, and Olive, cut these people some slack. They really seem to be trying. It takes time to go from being homophobic to being pro-gay. They are at the beginning stage. They'll become more liberal if you don't push them away.

    I'm sure they'll get flak from fellow Mormons for marching in a gay parade.

    Posted by: Mary | May 30, 2012 9:49:52 PM


  8. I agree it's a step. A somewhat questionable one but a step nonetheless.

    Posted by: AJ | May 30, 2012 10:12:04 PM


  9. "...it’s time to reach out with love and understanding to the LGBT community."

    Any effort is better than none. That said, the phrase "and understanding" is flat-out patronizing.

    All men (and women) are created equal. That's the one and only thing they need to understand.

    Posted by: Lucien | May 30, 2012 10:27:54 PM


  10. Mormons need to realise being gay is not a choice, its not like choosing to belong to a vile cult. We dont recruit door to door like some vile cult.

    Posted by: Religion=Poop | May 30, 2012 10:34:55 PM


  11. On the one hand, its good to see that they are trying to reach out to the LGBT community. On the other hand, if they still believe gay people should be celibate and not be allowed to get married, I am not sure how comfortable I am with them marching in a Pride Parade.

    Posted by: KP | May 30, 2012 10:45:35 PM


  12. I would be happy to welcome them if I was organizing the parade. At least it might expose them to more GLBT people, and they might learn that underneath the glitter, spandex and leather, we're in many ways just like them. We'll never get anywhere with bigots if we aren't willing to offer them welcome on "our turf".

    Posted by: Graphicjack | May 30, 2012 10:54:24 PM


  13. Believe it or not there is some diversity in the Mormon church. (Harry Reid and that Romney guy.) These Mormons that have chosen to stand up and take part in the Parade should be applauded. That is all.

    Posted by: Bri | May 30, 2012 11:03:12 PM


  14. Ugh, it's really disheartening how naive the SLC Pride organizers are. This is an utterly transparent and cynical election year ploy to make Mormons (i.e., Mitt Romney) look gay friendly.

    Posted by: JJ | May 31, 2012 12:31:09 AM


  15. I share the suspicions expressed by some previous comments.

    If your holiest books still contain condemnations of me, I really don't want anything to do with you.

    Posted by: Randy | May 31, 2012 1:06:10 AM


  16. You can't fund the oppression of a minority group and then think that marching in that group's parade will do anything to heal the wounds that you yourself inflicted. When the mormons make substantive changes then I'll pay more attention... But right now all I see are guilty consciences and rightly so.

    Posted by: the milkman | May 31, 2012 1:18:25 AM


  17. As a gay, no-longer-practicing, Mormon, I believe this group is genuine. Mormons are often seen as an unwavering group, but it should be noted that, like many religions, there is a lot of diversity underneath the facade. I'm guessing many of the people involved have gay family members and are simply expressing their support on behalf of their loved-ones. It's a fantastic step which sends a powerful message to the boys upstairs. While I realize their fight against same-sex marriage was a PR disaster for the church, many Mormons were opposed to the church's stance. Here in Canada, where gay marriage is already legal, I find that Mormons are a bit more relaxed about the whole thing. I honestly don't believe that the Mormon Church will ever fully "accept" gay men & women, but their attitude has changed a lot, even in the past ten years. Trust me when I say that these small gestures make a HUGE difference to the young, struggling, terrified, Mormon kid who is afraid his parents and family will denounce him if they know their gay secret.

    Posted by: Kiki | May 31, 2012 1:35:03 AM


  18. Thank you kindly, Mary. I would like to add some thoughts.
    I find the less than forgiving posts interesting.
    We don't know this group's motives, but we can see what they are doing. They say they are not representing the Mormon Church, but themselves instead. We don't know anything about the individuals who comprise Mormons Building Bridges. They aren't claiming to have done anything homophobic or to apologizing for anything they did that was wrong. All we know about them is the positive action they are taking to reach out to the gay community, and the "negative" fact that they are Mormons. Isn't that like not accepting Howard Stern's apology for using the words fag and faggot for years just because he's a Jew, and Othodox Jews think we should be put to death? But that wouldn't happen would it? If it were Howard Stern apologizing for using his position as a shaper of opinion to poison minds against us for a generation and more, we would be falling all over ourselves to accept an apology he admits he is making only for financial reasons.
    I don't see what these few individuals have done to deserve our hatred and suspicion, other than being born into the wrong religion...

    Posted by: NullNaught | May 31, 2012 1:36:55 AM


  19. Good for them. It seems to me that the LDS Church, like many other churches, has two problems when it comes to LGBT rights. The first problem is that they view being LGBT as a sin. This problem is harmful enough in itself. But the second problem is that the church and many of its members have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their callousness and cruelty toward us. By declaring that homosexuality is the worst sin of all apart from murder, by turfing LGBT people out of the church, by tacitly or explicitly encouraging parents to throw their LGBT kids out on the streets, they have gone well past the point of treating us merely as sinners, and instead have behaved as if we are effectively less than human, undeserving of even basic decency.

    I don't know if the members of Mormons Building Bridges think that we are doing something wrong just by being who we are. The fact that they are described as "devout" suggests that at least some of them probably do hold that belief. That's a damn shame, as it continues to do real harm to young LGBT people in particular. But at the same time, it's fantastic to see people like Erika Munson saying to her community, "hey guys, how about we make an effort to actually treat LGBT people as human beings?" Sure, it only solves part of the problem, but it's a necessary first step.

    Posted by: Tommy B | May 31, 2012 1:37:03 AM


  20. Ok, I understand that many of you have been hurt by the power and influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, isn't forgiveness one of the greatest virtues. I've lived in Salt Lake for years now, know Mormons on both sides of the aisle, and totally applaud the efforts of this group (that by the way is NOT an official Church-affiliated group by any means) They are truly trying to build a bridge based on love and mutual respect, and I will applaud them LOUDLY on Sunday for I feel they are acting truly Christ-like! I just hope that more in the Mormon faith and other Christian denominations will follow their lead!

    Posted by: Sean | May 31, 2012 1:44:22 AM


  21. And one more thing: I don't know why so many people assume that Mormons all march in lockstep, so that if one group is doing something decent it must be part of some giant conspiracy orchestrated from on high to give cover to the religion's more dickish adherents. Mormons are not ants or bees: they don't have some kind of hive-mind.

    I suppose it's *possible* that Mormons Building Bridges is just a ruse, or a sinister election ploy. But the more likely, more reasonable explanation is that Mormons Building Bridges and the Mormons who campaigned for Proposition 8 are two different groups of people with different ideas about what their religion is all about.

    Posted by: Tommy B | May 31, 2012 1:53:10 AM


  22. I don't buy it. I think this is more about making Romney look good than a genuine reach to the GLBT community.

    Posted by: truthteller | May 31, 2012 2:03:59 AM


  23. POSSIBILITIES:
    A-- small group of mormons wishes things were different, has the typical mormon need to LOOK good.
    B-- small group of mormons set up by the church publicity machine to make all of them look better
    C-- tiny, tiny crack in the mormon machine

    REMEMBER -- THIS CHURCH IS BASED ON PROCREATION, ANCESTRY, AND FAMILY
    So, barring a "prophecy from God", Gays can never have a partner or have sex. If celibate or married to opposite sex, they have a chance to enter the temples.

    I HOPE THE SLC PRIDE FOLKS ARE SKEPTICAL, but using this to their best advantage. Trusting mormons is like herding snakes

    Posted by: Bob | May 31, 2012 2:17:24 AM


  24. @Mary and Kiki and Sean
    Mormon planted trolls or self hating idiots?

    Let's be plain -- individual mormons can do stuff that looks good, but CORE BELIEF of the religion is everyone being together with all the generations of their families in the afterlife. If you do not marry and have kids (the old fashioned way), your family is incomplete for eternity, so you bring them shame.

    Posted by: Bob | May 31, 2012 2:27:59 AM


  25. "However, isn't forgiveness one of the greatest virtues."

    Calling it one of the greatest virtues is probably overstating it. But if they had, say, fought against NC Amendment 1 or filed an amicus brief in support of overturning Prop 8, and if they helped to pass marriage equality laws around the country and generally worked to undo the harm they've caused that is still ongoing, then yes, they might earn forgiveness.

    But arbitrarily forgiving someone who hasn't done anything to earn it is not virtuous. And if someone stabs me and thousands of others in the back and then you just up and forgiven them over some trifling gesture, that's less than unvirtuous. It's craven and treacherous. You'd be a sympathizer and a quisling.

    Posted by: JJ | May 31, 2012 4:13:35 AM


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