It’s difficult to have a genuine conversation with a dogmatic bigot, Tracy Aston.

It may be all but impossible. It’s hard to understand how somebody like him could be deeply involved in an institution that mandates stigmatizing, ostracizing, and harming people while simultaneously pretending to everyone (possibly even to himself) that everything is just fine.

He became violently angry with me last night when I told him that an organization of LGBTQ Mormons and ex-Mormons has reached out to me to forward me hundreds of stories of people who have suffered grievously at the hands of the LDS Church.

I told him I’d be shining a light of fierce love onto the bigoted practices of the Church in an effort to help some beautiful, innocent people, and to end some suffering.

I told him that I’d love for him to join us in that effort.

He became all but apoplectic. Accused me of being hateful and a failure among other things.

Then he blocked me.

His positions and his bigotry are bizarre and impossible for me to understand.

It baffles me how somebody could remain loyal to an institution that’s persecuting so many people.

It’s really baffling how somebody could do that and claim to be a loving person.

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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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