To a Sister in Need — Thoughts on the Gay Mormon Question

Elder Dallin H. Oaks (Tom Smart/Deseret News)

As a devout Mormon who is also an out gay man, I occasionally get letters from people looking for insight, validation, or a simple sounding board. So I wasn't surprised when, a few days ago — in the wake of some unfortunate remarks made at my faith's semi-annual conference — I received a letter from a friend of a friend. She was distraught and wanted someone to listen to her as she wrestled with feelings that had no other outlet.It's truly a blessing to receive letters like this. I take them … [Read more...]

As Is (A Guest Post by Anonymous)

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I am an intensely private person.Most people who know me would probably disagree with that, but that is only because they don’t know what they don’t know. I am the embodiment of the onion that Shrek speaks of; there are layers and layers hidden behind the brick walls I have erected to keep others at bay.I don’t like to self-identify because honestly I just really don’t feel like it is anyone’s business but my own. If I am pushed hard though, I identify myself as queer. It is the only l … [Read more...]

“When Matthew Shepard was murdered I hated homosexuals.” (Guest Post)

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The following quest post is from Andrew Hamilton. This is part of Queer Pioneer Week here at Approaching Justice.When Matthew Shepard was murdered I hated homosexuals. I hated homosexuals because I had been taught to hate them. Don’t misunderstand, my parents never specifically taught me to hate gay people; they never would have done such a thing. When I was growing up I do not remember hearing anyone at Church specifically tell me to hate gays or lesbians. Never the less, I hated h … [Read more...]

Homosexuality is Still Not a Sin.

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Author's Note: The following is a significant revision and expansion of my earlier post "Homosexuality is Not a Sin." This update is part of Queer Pioneer Week at Approaching Justice. “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin." I see this phrase a lot. It is no longer particularly clever. In some cases it is harmful and wrong. Well, at least when used in reference to homosexuality and I have rarely heard it used outside the context of discussions about homosexuality. The primary reason t … [Read more...]

Remembering Matthew Shepard

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I lived in Matthew Sheperd's hometown of Casper, WY for three years. He had studied at political science Casper College where I once taught.I never knew him, but I remember his death. I think about him often. I am only 11 days older than him.  There have been efforts of late to dismiss the the extent to which homosexuality played a role in Matthew's murder. Such attempts are completely contrary to the evidence that came up during the trial that convicted his … [Read more...]


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