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New Booklet Hopes To Bridge Divide Between Gay Mormons And Their Families

MormonChurchGood news for Mormon LGBT people and their families. The Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University today released a new booklet published specifically to help Mormon youth and their parents come together for the coming out, rather than letting religious beliefs rip them asunder.

Called Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children," the 25-page booklet "blends Mormon scripture and statements on family from church presidents with research that shows family support and acceptance to be critical to the health and well-being of gay youths," says the Chicago Tribune.

The paper offers more specifics on why it's important to have a Mormon-specific guide.

Traditional marriage is deeply woven into Mormon theology, and the lines between religion and culture are blurred. Mormons also believe that families are eternal, so disassociation with family or excommunication from the church, which has occurred for some gays, can mean the loss of the promise of religious salvation, [former Mormon bishop and co-writer Robert] Rees said.

Church attitudes are shifting, however, he said. The faith now regards the origins of sexual orientation as less than fully understood and differentiates between feelings and actions when considering disciplinary action. Gay Mormons are welcome in church but only those who remain celibate can enjoy full membership.

And where's the fun in that?

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  1. "Church attitudes are shifting, however, he said."

    "Gay Mormons are welcome in church but only those who remain celibate can enjoy full membership."

    No, they aren't.

    Posted by: Strykary | Jun 14, 2012 10:13:18 PM


  2. After Josh Weed, I've pretty much written Mormons off. They were better off being ridiculed by Evangelicals as a cult and being holed up in Utah, because the more people know, the more every other person with realize that, for once, Evangelicals were right, and Mormonism is just a cult; a dangerous one.

    Posted by: Matt | Jun 14, 2012 10:37:35 PM


  3. So they adopted the same Catholic stance that was 20 years ago?

    Mormons are really behind the times.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 14, 2012 10:53:46 PM


  4. THE FEWER GAY MORMONS THEY KILL OR THROW OUT
    -- the more they think they have a chance to become Josh Weeds, and make fantasy marriages
    NO LIE IS TOO GREAT to keep the generations in line in the afterlife, you know

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 15, 2012 12:30:27 AM


  5. THE FEWER GAY MORMONS THEY KILL OR THROW OUT
    -- the more they think they have a chance to become Josh Weeds, and make fantasy marriages
    NO LIE IS TOO GREAT to keep the generations in line in the afterlife, you know

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 15, 2012 12:30:36 AM


  6. MORMON PROPAGANDA
    The GLBT community needs to remember that the Mormon community is in full PR mode. They are really trying to seduce us.
    They're trying to use words like "acceptance" and "understanding" to make themselves appear GLBT friendly.
    But remember, under all that "pretty talk" the underlying, message is the same.
    - NO GAY MARRIAGE
    NO "GAY LIFESTYLE"
    If given the chance they will encode this in the law and worse!

    Posted by: Mk Ultra | Jun 15, 2012 1:02:36 AM


  7. After the absurdity of Josh Weed's post(I'm gay, know it, but deliberately and wilfully pretended to be something I'm not, till the point that I had to 'learn' to have sex with my life- much like a dog learning tricks, cause that's what sex should be between people. You know, not actually an organic expression of love and devotion).

    Make no mistake- Mormons are nuts. Magic underwear, Native Americans who are members of the tribe of Israel(much to their surprise), and black people according to them didn't have souls or rights to salvation till the 70's.

    Treat them exactly the way they should be- like savages. And make no mistake, treat them like that in your day to day life and face to face. They can do their 'thing' as long as they don't try to force it on us- and the reality is that they are.

    So treat them exactly the way your willing to talk about them online.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Jun 15, 2012 1:06:58 AM


  8. After the absurdity of Josh Weed's post(I'm gay, know it, but deliberately and wilfully pretended to be something I'm not, till the point that I had to 'learn' to have sex with my life- much like a dog learning tricks, cause that's what sex should be between people. You know, not actually an organic expression of love and devotion).

    Make no mistake- Mormons are nuts. Magic underwear, Native Americans who are members of the tribe of Israel(much to their surprise), and black people according to them didn't have souls or rights to salvation till the 70's.

    Treat them exactly the way they should be- like savages. And make no mistake, treat them like that in your day to day life and face to face. They can do their 'thing' as long as they don't try to force it on us- and the reality is that they are.

    So treat them exactly the way your willing to talk about them online.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Jun 15, 2012 1:07:01 AM


  9. After the absurdity of Josh Weed's post(I'm gay, know it, but deliberately and wilfully pretended to be something I'm not, till the point that I had to 'learn' to have sex with my life- much like a dog learning tricks, cause that's what sex should be between people. You know, not actually an organic expression of love and devotion).

    Make no mistake- Mormons are nuts. Magic underwear, Native Americans who are members of the tribe of Israel(much to their surprise), and black people according to them didn't have souls or rights to salvation till the 70's.

    Treat them exactly the way they should be- like savages. And make no mistake, treat them like that in your day to day life and face to face. They can do their 'thing' as long as they don't try to force it on us- and the reality is that they are.

    So treat them exactly the way your willing to talk about them online.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Jun 15, 2012 1:07:02 AM


  10. After the absurdity of Josh Weed's post(I'm gay, know it, but deliberately and wilfully pretended to be something I'm not, till the point that I had to 'learn' to have sex with my life- much like a dog learning tricks, cause that's what sex should be between people. You know, not actually an organic expression of love and devotion).

    Make no mistake- Mormons are nuts. Magic underwear, Native Americans who are members of the tribe of Israel(much to their surprise), and black people according to them didn't have souls or rights to salvation till the 70's.

    Treat them exactly the way they should be- like savages. And make no mistake, treat them like that in your day to day life and face to face. They can do their 'thing' as long as they don't try to force it on us- and the reality is that they are.

    So treat them exactly the way your willing to talk about them online.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Jun 15, 2012 1:07:04 AM


  11. Well... That post of mine blew up- about three times.

    Clearly, it was a crit.

    Posted by: Cecilfirefox | Jun 15, 2012 1:31:34 AM


  12. One....this is an election year.

    Plus

    One....Romney is a Mormon running for President.

    Equals

    Two....Get Romney, one of their own, elected President.

    What this really equates to is trying to woo voters, including gays. I would bet, if the Republican Romney was not in the race for President, we would not be seeing this hand extended. I would bet it will be pulled back faster with a 'gotcha' if Romney wins or loses. In other words, it's a no win situation for gays! "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

    Posted by: CB | Jun 15, 2012 2:43:01 AM


  13. This quote: "Traditional marriage is deeply woven into Mormon theology" is a perfect example of what they call "Lying For The Lord" (http://www.mormonwiki.org/Lying_for_the_Lord) which says that it's okay to lie about things that if it serves the interest of the church.

    Usually it's not quite this blatant, but it is a commonly-known fact that the religion was founded by a polygamist. I guess they figure if you smile when you say it and dress neatly, no one questions it.

    Sadly, they're largely right.

    Posted by: maxwell demon | Jun 15, 2012 5:29:25 AM


  14. Here's a suggestion, how about people choose to not be Mormon. That would solve everything.

    Posted by: CHAD | Jun 15, 2012 7:36:53 AM


  15. My Two Cents on the Latter Day Closet Queens

    http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2012/06/13/hello//

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 15, 2012 8:39:53 AM


  16. In no way do I believe this quick about-face that the Mormons claim to have done. They were one of the main financial backers of taking away the right to marry in CA.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Jun 15, 2012 8:55:28 AM


  17. In no way do I believe this quick about-face that the Mormons claim to have done. They were one of the main financial backers of taking away the right to marry in CA.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Jun 15, 2012 8:55:32 AM


  18. In no way do I believe this quick about-face that the Mormons claim to have done. They were one of the main financial backers of taking away the right to marry in CA.

    Posted by: darkmoonman | Jun 15, 2012 8:55:37 AM


  19. Commenters: You are all misunderstanding what has happened and what the original article is reporting!

    The Family Acceptance Project is a research-based program at San Francisco State University. The Director of the Family Acceptance Project is a woman with a PHD in social work and who is a licensed clinical social worker employed by a public university.

    FAP IS NOT FUNDED OR SPONSORED BY THE MORMON CHURCH. This booklet is not a publicity effort of the Mormon church.

    Over several years, FAP has conducted ground-breaking research on how families of all kinds can be supportive of LGBT youth. In short, it is providing guidance and advice to parents about being the best possible parents when a teenager comes out. FAP has other guides for non-Mormon families.

    Go to their site -- http://familyproject.sfsu.edu to learn more.

    I was in a workshop on Wednesday with the director of this program. The work they are doing is sound and will help hundreds of families and LGBT adolescents. I was thoroughly impressed.

    No matter what you think about the Mormon church, the reality is it does exist. The further reality is there are teenagers in the Mormon church who are LGBT. This booklet -- not published by the Mormon church -- provides guidance to Mormon families in being supportive of their LGBT teenagers.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jun 15, 2012 12:13:18 PM


  20. This Cult will NEVER accept Gays or anything doing with Gays...their "Elders" make damn sure of that...I still have to question the sanity of anyone that commits any part of themselves to such a twisted theology...If you are so weak you can't get through life with out stories of Gold tablets, obscure 'prophets' and a cult telling what to think and feel...well you're f-cked anyway, you might as well suck a tailpipe, and at least go out with some dignity.

    Posted by: Booka | Jun 15, 2012 12:25:45 PM


  21. Thanks JPECKJR. Reading the comments, I was wondering if I was reading the same article as everyone else. I had heard of the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State before and think they are doing great work on behalf of LGBT youth. Fight the Mormon Church and their policies---ABSOLUTELY!!! Protecting the health and well-being of LGBT kids in Mormon households by speaking in terms their parents will understand---just as important.

    Posted by: Tom | Jun 15, 2012 12:47:42 PM


  22. LOVES IT EHRENSTEIN!!!

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 15, 2012 12:56:26 PM


  23. I have one concern about Josh coming out of the closet with this Unicorn Club as he states clearly and he writes clearly in #8 that their is no incorrect path for gay religious to live out their lives, although Josh choose to marry. According to God their is only one straight narrow path if you know what I mean. The Weed's will be harming many gay and homosexuals if they don't understand that clearly sex was meant only in marriage with a man and woman. Outside of marriage sex is very destructive, including fortification, polygamy etc... I praise God Josh has controlled his same sex attraction feelings and has married, but telling others their is no incorrect path for gay religious to live, is going to harm his family and the world. May God bless Josh and his wife to guide others to the one and only narrow path paved by God.

    Posted by: Lisa Ann | Jun 15, 2012 5:46:44 PM


  24. Umm jpeckir
    In what alternaye universe is ordering gay mormon kids to be celibate, marry someone of the opposite sex, or be faced with abandonment by everyone and everything you know, supportive?
    Sorry but just because your wacky cult changed the language, the underlying message is still tremendously anti gay.
    In fact, this should convice the public even more that gay mormon kids need to be shielded from your dangerous cult

    Posted by: Mk Ultra | Jun 15, 2012 7:40:33 PM


  25. The blood of Christ and body of Christ thing always gave me the willies, the love the neighbors and casting the first stone ideas have some real merit. That one about doing unto others, I’m down with that. You’re so right about the crazy stuff in religion, makes a man wonder.

    Posted by: Mormon Underwear | Jun 24, 2012 8:13:03 AM


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