Tuesday, October 26, 2010

One Gay Mormon's Story

     Here is one man's reflection upon Mormon beliefs and being gay, via the Miami Herald:
     Ben Jarvis has heard a lot of coming out stories.
     For the past 15 years, the southern California-based urban planner has been answering a hotline number for Mormons struggling with their sexual identity. Jarvis, a volunteer for Affirmation, a support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Mormons, estimates he's talked to as many as 3,000 people.
     Many of them are "deathly afraid," their secret will be discovered by friends, family, or members of their Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregations, he said.
     In a faith where the traditional family is deeply woven into theology and where there is seemingly no line between religion and culture, the potential losses for LGBT Mormons who come out can be devastating, Jarvis and others say.
     "There are so many great things about Mormon culture and the LDS church, but it is not a safe place for gay and lesbian people," said Jarvis, 42, a seventh-generation Mormon who came out in 1993 and has since left the church.
     Read the rest at: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/10/25/1889859/activists-mormon-beliefs-factor.html#ixzz13Upl8WfS