Making August LDS Youth Curriculum on Marriage & Family LGBT Friendly

The repetition of the word, “struggling,” may send a message of weakness of self, testimony, self-image, etc; having difficulty in resisting the “temptation” of an LGBT sexual orientation; a second-class status or sense of patronizing; or other such negative images. Based on direction and guidance by the Spirit, this may be an opportunity to explain that LGBT’s really do struggle. But the struggle is not with “same-gender attraction,” sexual orientation, being gay/lesbian, or such. Rather, the struggle is with living in fear of being found out, not because of who s/he is, but who others are; with not feeling loved and accepted by other members without any judgment. with those who let ignorance be their Liahona; and with the fear of being rejected by family or ward, whether figuratively or literally. That is the real struggle so many LGBT members face.

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The father of a gay Mormon teen reflects on the doctrinal implications of requiring celibacy

I want every Mormon bishop to know what he is asking of the gay youth he counsels. I want him to lead with compassion and put his judgments aside. I want him to support these youth, whether they choose to stay in the Church or not. Don’t crush that youth’s hopes and dreams demanding a commitment to celibacy. Let them find themselves and work through complications that you haven’t even considered. Listen and allow the spirit to edify both you and the gay youth in front of you.

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A gay Mormon teen tells his story of finding hope

Once I had accepted myself, the self esteem issues melted away. I came to terms with my religion. I realized I could never leave the church. I am a Mormon; being gay will not change that. I am gay; being a Mormon will not change that. I am not some mistake that God made, he knows me and he wants me to be happy.

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Youth, Parents and Church Leaders Especially Invited to Conference

This year’s conference will provide activities for LGBT Youth and teenage children of LGBT parents. It will also include sessions specifically for Church leaders and parents. We will also hold two free screenings of the “Families Are Forever” documentary on Friday, September 12 at 3-4:30 and 4:30-6:00 p.m. including a discussion and opportunity for sharing.

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Bearing Testimony as a Gay Mormon

Colby Goddard

Despite all my doubts, the biggest comfort I find is in God’s love. I know that God loves each and every single one of his children. My testimony is God’s love, and that it is available to each and every one of us, even when we don’t think possible.

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Shame and Affirmation

My son said, “If anyone knew who I really was, they would hate me.” These were the same thoughts he had regarding us before he had come out to us. So Wendy and I took on the task of liberating him of that shame.

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LGBTQ Teens and Youth

Affirmation Youth at International Conference

Welcome to the Affirmation Teens Page! We are so happy you are here. As an organization, we are dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth and their families navigate a sometimes difficult…

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