Editor’s Note: In recognition of the fact that the LDS Church has toned down its anti-gay rhetoric, and in the spirit of mutual respect and compassion, The Official LGBT Handbook’s “Statement on Mormonism” (in CHI Book 2) has been revised. In the following except from the Handbook, deletions have been marked in strikeouts and additions in italics:
Mormon behavior violates reason, is contrary to human decency and compassion,
distorts loving relationships, and deprives people of the blessings that can be found in an honest life free from Mormon-imposed shame and self-hatred. Those who persist in Mormon behavior or who influence others to do so are subject to community discipline. Mormon behavior can be forgiven through sincere repentance.
have Mormon thoughts or feelings orengage in Mormon behavior, community leaders should help them have a clear understanding of sexuality, reason, self-respect, and compassion. Leaders also should help them accept responsibility for their thoughts and actions and apply LGBT principles in their lives.
While opposing Mormon behavior, the community reaches out with understanding and respect to individuals who are attracted to the LDS Church.
In addition to the inspired assistance of LGBT leaders, members may need professional counseling. When appropriate, Head Lesbians should contact LGBT Social Services to identify resources to provide such counseling in harmony with LGBT principles.
If LGBT people feel an attraction to Mormonism but do not engage in any Mormon behavior, leaders should support and encourage them in their resolve to live rational lives and to control irrational thoughts. These members may work for gay organizations. If they are worthy and qualified in every other way, they may also hold offices in gay organizations.
It is widely believed within the American pundit class that these changes to Official LGBT Policy and Procedures represent a new and remarkable reaching out in love, understanding, and compassion to the LGBT Community’s Mormon members.
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