It is sadly and undeniably true, though, LaMar Going, that one cannot be an out gay person and be a Mormon.

The LDS Church officially enforces policies of homophobic bigotry.

The LDS Church stigmatizes and morally condemns queer people.

Your article is deceptive in that omission.

It’s wonderful that your friend was accepted and supported in your church. Clearly, the members of your congregation were filled with spirits of humanity and decency.

I could tell you very different stories, however, about Mormons rejected by their families and congregations when they came out.

That matters.

It matters that the leadership of the LDS church are homophobic bigots who brand us as sinners and announce to the world that we are immoral.

The LDS Church is a strong force for evil and oppression in the world. The LDS Church is responsible for ostracizing queer youth and encouraging queer homelessness and suicide.

I condemn the LDS church vigorously for their evil actions.

Let’s not gloss over the reality.

Mormons persecute queer people every day.

It’s horrible and disgusting.

I demand that they stop.

All decent human beings should demand the same.

And you, LaMar Going, if you support the LDS Church financially, then you are personally morally complicit.

You are conspiring with and enabling those who persecute us.

We are not looking for scraps from the master’s table.

Fuck that.

We demand full equality and we demand it now.

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

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