Monday, February 1, 2016

Mormon Group believes LDS Anti-Gay Policy led to 32 Suicidal Deaths

Since the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced their stupid anti-gay policy, over 30 LGBT Mormon youth have committed suicide.

Now, if you don't know about LDS' policy, it's the worst. It labels people in same-sex marriages as apostates and they will not allow their children to be baptized. Many believe this policy possibly led to the death of these young people.

Here's more from The Deseret News:
Wendy Montgomery, a co-founder of the Mama Dragons, a group of Mormon mothers with gay children, reported last week that she had been told 32 young LGBT Mormons have died by suicide since early November.

The individual families who told Montgomery about their losses requested privacy. The Deseret News has not been able to verify this number independently.

Given the tragedy of suicide and the alarm the report has raised in the LDS LGBT community, the Deseret News asked experts for insight and solutions. They explained exactly how parents, friends and religious congregations can help prevent suicides by thinking carefully about what they say and do and by welcoming, accepting and supporting LGBT people.
Later, the senior LDS leaders released this statement.
"Every soul is precious to God and to the church and the loss of life to suicide is heartbreaking," an LDS church spokesman, Dale Jones, said. "Those who are attracted to others of the same sex face particular challenges and pressures in this regard, both inside and outside the church. We mourn with their families and friends when they feel life no longer offers hope. Each congregation should welcome everyone. Leaders and members are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to reach out in an active, caring way to all, especially to youth who feel estranged or isolated. The church has repeatedly stated that those who feel same-sex attraction and yet choose to live the commandments of God can live fulfilling lives as worthy members of the church. We want all to enjoy the blessings and safety offered by embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ and living the principles of His gospel."

1 comment:

Alan Scott said...

Words are cheap. The LDS leaders say in their statement: "The church has repeatedly stated that those who feel same-sex attraction and yet choose to live the commandments of God can live fulfilling lives..." If they are so 'accepting' how come so many LGBT youth commit suicide? It seems the church is talking out of both sides of its mouth.

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