For National Coming Out Day
Oct. 11, 2010
WORDmeister’s Note: The LDS Church-owned Deseret News weighs in with a Sunday editorial on criticism of Mormon church leader Boyd K. Packer’s condemnation of “the gay lifestyle” at last week’s LDS General Conference.
“Contrary to what some have written in provocative press releases, nothing in President [Boyd K.] Packer’s talk says that ‘violence and/or discrimination against LGBT people is acceptable.’
“This distortion is not only misguided and political, it is dangerous. It frays trust that helps people of goodwill from different perspectives to constructively address the serious problems under consideration. By holding up a caricatured account of people’s spiritual leaders, those in greatest need of pastoral care may be mistakenly alienated from the very people who can compassionately help them get access to professional resources and counseling.
“The challenges facing the families and individuals affected by same-gender attraction are poignant and real. Religion provides a unique perspective on how these challenges can be addressed that has every right to be heard and evaluated on the merits. Indeed, religious organizations provide the vital infrastructure for the economy of care that undergirds our community. For the sake of our youths and the health of our communities, we call for thoughtful and civil dialogue on this and all difficult conversations. That dialogue should respect context, should not prejudge motive and must work to include instead of isolate.”
—Editorial, “A call for civility following Apostle Body K. Packer’s address,” The Deseret News Oct. 10, 2010
• 2,000-3,000 protest for gay rights, The Deseret News, Oct. 7, and The Salt Lake Tribune, Oct. 8
• Human Rights Campaign
• Sarah Estrella, Examiner.com: Why National Coming Out Day matters, no matter who you are
• Tufts University celebrates Coming Out Day amid the somber backdrop of recent deaths
• The Oklahoma Daily: Open your mind to Coming Out Day
• Brenda Cooper: Remembering Woody, Newsweek, 2000
Editor’s Note: Filmmaker Reed Cowan brings his powerful documentary on same-sex marriage and the LDS Church—8: The Mormon Proposition—to Utah State. Free screening and Q&A with the filmmaker. Eccles Conference Center, Oct. 21, 7-10 p.m. See also URL.
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