The Official LGBT Handbook’s New and Revised “Statement on Mormonism”

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.

If members have Mormon thoughts or feelings or engage 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.

REFERENCE:

The Official LGBT Handbook as quoted to Paul Sunstone by Bill from The Earthling Blues Blog, which is currently in hiatus.

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13 thoughts on “The Official LGBT Handbook’s New and Revised “Statement on Mormonism”

  1. I’m still confused by the whole LDS Church and their toning their official homophobia down from “Loathesome” to mere “Hateful”- are the Gay Lost Tribes of Israel still Gay Native Americans?

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  2. I have a guess about that, Christopher.

    My hunch is the Church toned it down not a notch more than it thought necessary to get the Church off the hook if and when some gay Mormon kid were to kill himself while leaving a letter blaming the Church for his intolerable life.

    In other words, I don’t see this move as motivated by the Church having a sudden ejaculation of compassion. I see it as realpolitik.

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  3. Realpolitik indeed, I suspect you’re spot on Paul. I’m stating the obvious here but it’s infuriating that years of political activism and pressure on the LDS Church’s stance on homosexuality wasn’t the impetus for change- it took a series of tragedies like the rash of suicides to compel any degree of reflection or reconsideration amongst the religious authorities.

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  4. Of course, the Church of Latter Day Saints, like the Catholic Church, like most Churches, is a moral authority, Christopher.

    I guess that’s what gets me, my friend — besides the damage they do — the fact they hold themselves out to as moral authorities. Moral authorities! With their track record!

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