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But that's ezactly what christianity - including Mormonism - is... a monsterous religion. Mormonism is particularly hidious, even by christian standards. Isn't there something in Mormon docturine about Blacks being "mud people" or something? Then there's the whole poligamy thing... which is really just a front form child rape, everyone knows that.
Why don't the Gays/transgenders featured in this article simply make peace with THEMSELVES & make their own appeal to god themselves? Why do they feel like they HAVE to belong to a church? And i've got news for ya - the Mormon church is as inheirantly, thuroughly homophobic as the Catholic church is prone to pedophilia This inescapable fact will NOT change with a federal recognition of Gay marriage!
And to me, being Gay & Mormon makes EXACTLY as much since as being Black & a Klansman. Obviously such a self-deluted, self-loathing person has many deep issues to work out.
Great article. Thanks for writing it.
The credit for staying in contact with my family goes to them. My excommunication, my lesbianism, and my being transgender had no effect on their love for me, or their treatment of me. Not everyone is so fortunate.
Don't believe me, go read "Under the Banner of Heaven" by John Krakauer.
Mormonism is a joke.
So anyone ELSE who feels the need to cling to the church should seek help for their stockholm syndrome.
Thank you for this great article.
I too hope that Mormons who see the hideous nature of their religion can make a clean break.
But the truth is Mormonism is far more than a church. It's a culture. Breaking away from a culture is not easy; few can do that completely.
What, another "coming-out" story? That's super original and insightful journalism there Miss. Mirk. Quite boring I'm sorry to say.
Jesus... I grew up in SLC and you couldn't swing a dead cat in that town without hitting a gay return missionary with fucking family issues. I'm sorry, but this is hardly anything new or insightful. What's that, you couldn't get any Catholic priests to agree to a story?
You suck reindeer nuts!
Since you're bitching & whinning soo much, why did you even bother wasting your precious time reading this article?
I know precisely how [god]aweful the christian religion is BECAUSE of history, in large part. And the bible is [among many other things] horendous towards gays. So i cannot understand a person who is gay could possibly console themselves with such a religion. Either be a dumb, self-loathing zealot or be FREE, HONEST, & HAPPY! But you can't have it both ways.
And i don't understand why any sane person could claim [in any capacity] such a thuroughly racist belief as Mormonism.
I can tell you that, in my experience, religion has an incredible influence. I'm a daughter of the leader of a fundamentalist Mormon sect. I am also a lesbian. I grew up in an extremely isolated community that was very unhealthy and damaging to many people, most especially my brothers and sisters and the other children who grew up there. These were people who didn't have a choice about their early lives. And that sort of indoctrination is not something that can just be shaken off. It takes many years of hard work to find out who you are apart from the beliefs you grew up with. It's not just a matter of giving up a demoralizing religion and moving on with your life. These beliefs become a part of you. To give up these beliefs is to give up everything you know about the world.
I applaud the people who stepped forward to do this article. They are very brave.
In a recent conversation I had with a bishop of the LDS Church I was informed that the LDS Church is entitled to their rights to be so restrictive, "just like the Democratic Party" (he cited for example). But the Democratic Party as well as the LDS Church have no part being involved "In State" and it is clear from the people I have known that choice to deny who you are or abandon your existence is quite real. It is a rarity that someone allows a gay, lesbian or transgender grow up with the love and compassion and support they need.
It is a mess and bottom line, I just want to extend how proud of all of you for who you have become. I commend you beautiful people for the freedom you have fought for in our country and the change you have paved for those that will follow. Please know that there are people out there that recognize what you are going through and support you 100% off the time because when it comes down to it, we are all pink inside.. ;)