The LDS (Mormon church) and homosexuality
Support groups. More information. Books
Affirmation, a support group for gay and lesbian Mormons:
"Affirmation - Gay Mormons United" is a support
group for gay and lesbian Mormons. Its roots go back to the 1960s when small
groups of homosexual Mormons met in Salt Lake City, UT, Los Angeles CA, and Brigham
Young University. Meetings were held in secret in order to avoid retaliation by
the Church. Their newsletter was founded in 1979. It has been called "Affinity"
since 1980. They have held national conferences each year since 1979.
Affirmation is "a fellowship of gays, lesbians,
bisexuals," and their families and friends. It "serves the needs of gay,
lesbian, bisexual, and transgender LDSand their supportive family and friends
through social and educational activities." 1 Their
web site at http://www.affirmation.org/ states that:
purpose is to provide a supportive environment for relieving the needless fear,
guilt, self-oppression and isolation that LDS gays and lesbians can experience
in an era where willful ignorance about human sexuality is too often a reality.
We believe that a same-gender orientation and same-gender relationships can be
consistent with and supported by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We affirm that we
are children of Heavenly Parents who love us the way they created us and will
judge us, as they do all, based on what we make of our lives here and how we
have treated our sisters and brothers."
Some of their projects are designed to provide:
"...support and understanding for
people experiencing difficulty reconciling their gay identity and their LDS
faith with the popular attitudes of church members and leaders that often
reflect misinformed ideas about homosexuals and homosexuality. [They attempt
to influence] ... church leaders and members to follow scriptural admonitions
in their treatment and perception of homosexual church members, rather than the
unchristian ideas of hate, violence, fear and prejudice. [They provide] ...
a forum for open and respectful discussion of issues of concern both to
gay/lesbian LDS people and to other members of the church."
Other specialist groups include:
More information on LDS material on homosexuality:
Jay Bell, "Available Homophobic Books and Pamphlets by The Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints and its General Authorities or Lay Members," at:
"MoBoy1134" is a gay Mormon. His blog titled "Journal
of a Gay Mormon Boy" started on 2005-AUG. He comments: "It's hard
to be Mormon. It's hard to be gay. It's Hell being both." See:
Books on Mormons and homosexuality:
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