I have taken a hiatus from posting for the last couple of weeks as I’ve been heavily involved in a new project called www.bookofmormonorigins.org. However, I’ve realized that I need to take a moment to participate in the more important discussion of youth suicide. I do not pretend to understand what it is like to be gay, or queer, or bi, or trans. I do not know the emotional challenges associated with battling your inner desires with what are perceived “rules of society”. I do not fully appreciate the challenges that my LGBT brothers and sisters face on a daily basis because of their feelings.
However, I do KNOW that every life is precious. I do KNOW that love is the greatest force in the universe, and that with LOVE we can help everyone know the goodness of God. For God is love. For the last 6-7 months youth suicide has been on the rise in the LDS community. These youth have all had one thing in common, they were gay. The church currently enforces a policy where individuals in a gay partnership are considered apostate and excommunicated. Children of these relationships cannot participate in any of the ordinances associated with church membership until they are 18. Additionally they must denounce their parents.
This policy is cruel and inhumane. I’ve realized that it is not loving and does not consider what Christ would actually do were he on the Earth. Below is a video I’d like to share. Tyler Glenn is an extremely successful artist and lead singer of the Neon Trees. I’ve watched his music video “Trash” multiple times in an effort to understand the pain caused by the November policy. Please listen carefully, and attempt to understand the emotions being shared.