Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints share their stories of love, faith, and support for their homosexual brothers and sisters.
This video was produced by the Far Between team as a way for members of the church to share feelings of empathy, love, and hope. This is not a statement confronting the church – the people or policies. These videos are simply an effort to share stories and offer a sense of hope and community for those who are same-sex attracted or homosexual and Mormon today. If there is any message to be taken by the LDS Church it is that we hope they continue to make strides in creating a more loving environment in Mormon culture that is conducive to those who involuntarily experience same-sex attraction or homosexuality and choose to live the Mormon lifestyle. For many, the current cultural messages and official statements and programs don’t ring true to the lived experiences of many homosexual/SSA Latter-day Saints and therefore tend to fall short in buoying up those most in need. But we know that as we continue to share and listen and work together, we will make it better for all.
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sponsored by EmpathyFirstInitiative.org and MormonStories.org
This video was created by the Far Between team to show Mormon LGBT youth who may be feeling alone and afraid, that they are not alone and life can get better with hope for happiness and love in their life. It’s sponsored by USGA (Understanding Same-Gender Attraction) which is an unofficial group of Brigham Young University students, faculty, and friends who wish to strengthen families and the BYU community by providing a place for open, respectful discussions on the topic of same-gender attraction. Neither USGA nor the Far Between website are forums for angry, vulgar, or profane remarks of any kind, nor for expressions of antagonism against any person or organization. In order to foster an environment of respect and understanding, we ask all to be respectful of BYU, the Church, and the beliefs and experiences of others.
If you’d like to add you voice to the messages of hope and love, please make a video, upload it to YouTube and send us the link. Thanks!
Find USGA on Facebook at: facebook.com/groups/byuusga
The website itgetsbetter.org is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where straight allies can visit and support their friends and family members. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support, and seek help. Take the pledge to help make it better for others.
If you are considering suicide or need help, call the Trevor Project now: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386).
(The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of the producers of Far Between but are reflective of a part of what it means to be homosexual and Mormon today.)