As I frequently tell people, I’m no longer Christian. I turned away from Evangelical Christianity when I was in college, and unable to reconcile my faith with my identity as a gay man. But I am a strong supporter of people of all faiths reaching out to one another, and particularly to the gay community.
Mormons have, unfortunately, had a particularly bad track record on tolerance, when it comes to the LGBT community. But that’s why I’ve been finding attempts by the Mormon community to reach out to gays to be particularly significant and poignant.
The first I saw of it was an “It Gets Better” video made by a GLBT group on the campus of Brigham Young University (the fact that BYU allowed the group to form, in the first place, is an amazing step). The video is simultaneously sad, frightened and hopeful:
(Here is the news article this was attached to.)
But even more wonderful to me, was a sort of response video, two weeks later, from Mormon parents and friends of gays:
(Again, here is the complete article.)
It saddens me that the comments on these videos point out these people don’t represent the Latter Day Saints Church, as if we can’t figure out that that organization is still very intolerant. But I see a glimmer of hope in these videos that things may be changing.
It isn’t simply the LDS Church that is intolerant, of course, and it isn’t all Mormons, or all Catholics, or all Evangelicals or any other group. But we need to see more people — of all faiths — speaking up against intolerance, if there is to be any hope of severing the association many gays have of religious faith equaling intolerance against the GLBT community.