While the retreat from the so-called November Policy is very important practically for queer youth, nobody should expect that the LDS Church has done an about-face or is going to do an about-face.

I think the church understood to some extent how damaging the policy was, and retracting it may have been sincere on the part of some leaders.

Even for those leaders lacking sincerity, I’m sure they understood how terrible the optics were. This policy increased alienation and ostracization in regions socially dominated by the LDS Church. Real people were suffering because of it. Real families were being torn apart.

So, credit where credit is due. Suffering is going to be reduced somewhat.

But is the LDS church now pro-lgbt?

Not in any sense of the word. Much, much work remains to be done.

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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