Friday, October 8, 2010

Mormon leader's response to the recent string of LGBTQ teen suicides

Yesterday, LGBTQ Nation ran a story about the protests the Mormon Church has been facing as a result of remarks by Boyd K. Packer, President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, shortly after the suicide of the freshman at Rutgers University.  Quoting from LGBTQ Nation:
Packer said that the LDS Church would always oppose same-sex marriage, that gays and lesbians could change their sexual orientation to straight, and compared homosexuality to “a habit or addiction that is unworthy,” calling same-sex attraction “impure and unnatural.” The ill-timed remarks come on the heels of the suicides of at least six teenagers over the past month, all victims of anti-gay bullying or harassment. 
4,500 gay rights advocates, mostly dressed in black, laid down on the ground.  There were enough protesters to circle Temple Square twice.

Eric Ethington, an LGBT organizer, spoke at the protest:
We represent all colors of the rainbow tonight. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight, black, white, latino, Mormon, Catholic, Muslim, Jewish and atheist – but we all stand firm in one thing, stop destroying our children. And to the youth of the church: Never let anyone tell you that you need to be any different than who you are. There are thousands in this state alone who will love you and accept you. You are beautiful and perfect just the way you are!
In a related story, Bay Windows is reporting that Christian group Exodus International has withdrawn its support for the "Annual Day of Truth,"designed to convince young people that homosexuality can be "cured" and that one can live life as an "ex-gay."  Said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus:
"All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not."
Not sure I'm ready to trust this change of heart, but I'm glad the day is canceled.


  1. I want to be at Heaven's Gate when St. Peter confronts these hateful people and says, 'Yo. Yo. 10 Commandments: broken. Love thy neighbor: NOT. Do unto others: bzzzzt. Still your turn. Eye of the needle wealth: whoa, how many houses did you own? Yo. You're in the wrong place. Elevator: Down. Way down. See ya. Buh-bye.

  2. Off-color comment now. Don't read if you are easily offended...

    Man named Packer slings shit against those he would deride as fudge packers. Irony?