Church Releases Affirmative Family Video of Gay Son!

Yesterday, the Church released a video that shows a family who deals with the coming out of their adult gay son. This video is phenomenal in several regards… specifically that the parents can admit that they did not respond affirmatively to begin with and communicate some of the misperceptions that they had. For example… that [Read More…]

Utah’s Escalating Suicide Rates

Two articles were released this week that deal with the growing and alarming number of suicide rates in Utah.  One is written by Daniel Parkinson, a Mormon psychiatrist who identifies as gay and has done much advocacy work around LGBT+ issues. Utah’s Escalating Suicide Crisis and LDS LGBTQ Despair The second is written by Thomas [Read More…]

Anniversary of Nov 5th Abusive Policy Leak

It’s difficult to believe that it’s only been a year since the leak of the policy changes in regards to LGBTQ+ members in our church. I remember having a guest in our home I had never met before — one of the wonderful things of LDS communities… she needed a place to stay since she [Read More…]

Working Together to Prevent Suicide

Due to a variety of circumstances, I often contemplate suicide. I really do believe that my loved ones would be better off without the sadness and difficulties I bring into their lives – especially my children. They tell me otherwise but how do I get past what I know to be true? They say it would [Read More…]

Troubling Report is Disavowed – Yes, of course!

Today, faculty members of John Hopkins University published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, Hopkins faculty disavow ‘troubling’ report on gender and sexuality stating their stark disapproval of the review that had been published in The New Atlantis, Sexuality and Gender. On September 8, I wrote a blog post titled, Atlantis Article… Are you kidding me?, where BYU [Read More…]

Tone Does Need to Change

Today’s guest post is written by Lori Bolland Embree. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.   Lori Bolland Embree is from Parker, Idaho, raised by a Lutheran father and an LDS mother. She was a high school teacher and debate coach for many years, and now teaches [Read More…]

Crisis Facing our LGBTQ+ Members

I don’t want to use triggering or sensational language at a time like we are currently facing within the LDS community.  So I use the term crisis, because it is so. The LDS community lost three LGBT youth members and one LGBT young adult member to death by suicide just this week.  There was also [Read More…]

Rainbow Mormon Initiative Launch

Tomorrow will begin the Rainbow Mormon Initiative, founded by my colleague Dr. Kristy Money.  This is an initiative meant to provide all Mormons a chance to show their concern, love and support for the LGBT+ members of our church community by wearing a rainbow pin (or other clothing item) on Sundays (whether you attend church [Read More…]

A Mama Dragon’s Support for Tyler Glenn

Today’s guest post is written by Lori Bolland Embree. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.   Lori Bolland Embree is a feminist ginger from Parker Idaho, raised by a Lutheran father and an LDS mother. She was a high school teacher and debate coach for many years, and [Read More…]

Suicide Awareness and Prevention: 10 Things We All Can Do

It’s one thing to advocate for awareness of the discrimination against LGBTQ members that is currently happening within our church – and the devastating results that often follow.  This is a great first step.  Information, stories, critiques and opinions need to continue to be forthcoming. It’s another thing all together to figure out what we, [Read More…]