Thanks for this piece, Levi James.

It’s very important that the LGBTQ people who’ve been hurt by the Mormons speak up and tell their stories.

Anyone reading this, by the way, who doesn’t feel comfortable enough with their writing skills to do that can email me at I’ll be happy to interview you and help you write your story down.

The LDS Church is one of the most powerful forces of LGBTQ oppression and persecution in the United States.

It’s vitally important that queer people who the Mormons have hurt speak up loudly to make their voices heard.

We must not passively accept bigotry. Religion is no excuse for homophobia, as I so often write.

We must speak up to demand freedom and equality.

Levi, you make an excellent point about surface civility. Smiles and “polite” words don’t make people’s bigotry stop mattering.

Great evil can be (and often is) committed by people with smiling faces and surface civility.

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