The church's relaunched LGBTQ website attempts to be loving and inclusive but fails in the most terrible ways.
My world was full of people who weren't shy about telling me how to live my life -- and on any given day, I couldn't be Mormon enough for my Latter-day Saint family and friends, and I couldn't be gay enough for my LGBT community. I felt like a man with a foot in two worlds, but I didn't fully belong in either. No matter which one I chose, I still lost part of myself.
'Groundhog Day' For Mormon Bigotry: BYU's Exclusion From Big 12 Highlights Discriminatory Church Policies On LGBT
Let's consider BYU's likely exclusion from the Big 12 another tug on the sleeve of church leadership. Appealing to the moral goodness of our leadership to become more Christlike and change the anti-LGBT policy hasn't worked. Perhaps this will.
Since November of last year, when the church announced a policy that mandates church discipline (the process that leads to excommunication) for LGBT individuals in same-sex marriages and bars their children from baptism, church leadership has engaged in a consistent drumbeat of bigoted messages aimed at the LGBT community.
Today, a conversation between Mette Ivie Harrison and Kendall Wilcox, cofounder with Erika Munson of Mormons Building Bridges.
Jackie Biskupski met with Church officials in December.
The new policy means the dads could be excommunicated, too.
The basic tenets of the ban still stand, though.
New rules also say children can be barred from being baptized until they disavow homosexuality.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can still choose to ban openly gay scout leaders.