I didn’t publish your story. I wouldn’t have, frankly.

I can only repeat myself here, so I will.

This is where you’re not being honest, LaMar Going. The premise of your initial post came across as a defense of the LDS Church itself. Saoirse has already pointed that out very specifically today. alto took you to task for it last night. That’s what Fred Shirley received from your initial post with no prompting from me.

That’s why people are furious. It sounds to us like you’re saying that the LDS Church is being persecuted and that they are innocent of any wrongdoing against LGBTQ people.

The ball is in your court.

Every lgbtq person I personally know who read your post took it as a defense of the LDS church against charges of bigotry.

Yes, I applauded and highlighted a couple of things. I also immediately responded with a criticism. I didn’t expect you to double down and dig your heels in and come off as even more homophobic in your subsequent interactions.

But you did.

That’s why I withdrew my applause. That’s why TQ removed your article from the publication.

You’re not the injured party here, no matter how much you’d like to think you are. You wrote a post that on its face is a defense of the the LDS Church. People were willing to talk to you about that. I was willing. That’s what my initial reply was about.

But you have stubbornly refused to address any points any of us make.

You need to apologize because we deserve it. The LDS Church works to hurt us very badly all the time. You’re a member of that Church. You support our persecution, whether you intend to do so or not.


Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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