Reversal of the November 2015 Policy on Gay Families
This reversal lets me know that there are so many things we do not know. We must just live to the best that we can and hope that the love of our Savior will make up for all of the unfairness we have had to endure.
The thing that keeps me motivated to continue to advocate for the voiceless queer members is I try to be the role model that I needed when I joined the church and questioned my place in the gospel.
I hoped the news hadn’t yet reached my son, but then he posted a meme online that depicted Jesus Christ and made the point that the church was keeping children from Him.
I was excited, because a door had been opened. But then I read more and more opinions about the policy reversal. So many broken hearts, angry hearts, and bitter hearts. Because of where I was 3.5 years ago, I can’t share that pain because this policy has only affected me once.
I want my friend back. She was the most Christlike person I ever knew. She lived Christ’s teaching literally. I want all the LDS LGBTQ youth and young adults we’ve lost to suicide back too.
The sixty-year war the Mormon Church has waged on the LGBT+ community has cost people their lives. And even those of us who are survivors have suffered tremendously.
We, the LGBTQ+ members of the Mormon community, are inherently valuable, worthy of praise, and celebrated in God’s sight.
Yes, this is a step in the right direction, but the process of repentance I was taught, ironically by the organization, included an apology and fixing the problems caused to the most possible extent.
I am angered, I am hurt, I am concerned for those who have lost love, lost hope, lost connection with family, lost a loved one to suicide. I used to hold the church in the highest of esteem. Now I look today at the church as the Great and Abominable Whore of the world.