I'm gay, go away!

Damon's picture

On many PBS stations both Monday night and Tuesday night they aired a show called "Mormons".
I'm not going to get into a religious argument with anyone over their beliefs especially since I am Catholic and plenty of people still think we worship the Virgin Mary in place of God. Many of my Protestant friends complain about all the "get up and sit down " activity in the mass and dozens more can't get behind the holy water and making the sign of the cross.
I will have to say that I find it incredible that a man named Joeseph Smith had a visitation from an angel one night who led him to some golden plates that he believed were heaven-sent. I also find it difficult to understand why Bringham Young saw fit to issue an order that led to the massacre of a group of Arkansans at Mountain Meadow. Now this murderer has a University named after him. That is not the only blood the Mormon church has on their hands though. Huge numbers of gay men and women have committed suicide because the Mormon church has them so under the power that they would rather die than be found to be gay.
I found out about this years ago when I was a little kid. My dad had a close friend that he had lost touch with and he wanted to locate this man again. The last my dad had heard from him, he was married and had several children. He was a professor of music in Utah and belonged to the Mormon Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints.

My dad often talked of this person and told us what an incredibly wonderful and unselfish man he was.

My dad "Googled" his name and was horrified to find that many years ago in 1976, he had committed suicide because he was outed as a gay man and the church was about to excommunicate him.
In the Mormon church, excommunication not only effects the member but the entire family since they believe marriage and family are given to you for all eternity.
The man drove a short distance from his home and put a bullet in his heart. NOT IN HIS BRAIN MIND YOU, IN HIS HEART!
Thirty years later, his grandson, who was also gay killed himself as well on the exact date his grandfather did.

Both men were bright, well educated musicians described by all who knew them as extraordinary people.

That is not the end of the story. There is an organization called "Affirmation" made up of gay Mormons who are trying to prevent this self-slaughter.

I have two recommendations to anyone who is interested. First, watch the movie called "Latter Days" available from NetFlix and Blockbuster and then visit the web site called www.affirmation.org/suicides

This all amazed me as I prepared to do a paper on religion in America for school. I know the Catholic church is against homosexuality as are most churches but the Catholic church does offer a group for gay Catholics called "Dignity". They do not excommunicate you for being gay nor do they share it with the parish and force you into an embarrassing demise.

At www.affirmation.org/suicides you will see a horrible list of people who have ended their lives because they were gay and under the scrutiny of the Mormon Church.

There is a lot more I could say about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but what's the point. I think this one issue is the biggest scarlet letter they could possibly wear. It even outweighs the issue of polygamy which is no longer supposedly an issue since the Mormons have decided that Joseph Smith and Bringham Young were wrong about this one thing. Of course they believe the rest of the hogwash they threw at them. Suddenly those two blond boys on the bikes with the white shirt and the black ties don't look so innocent anymore.

"Hello sir, we're Mormon missionaries. Can we interest you in a life of self torture?"

"No! I'm gay, Go away!"


Lol-taire's picture

Rule of thumb the newer the

Rule of thumb the newer the religion the easier it is to see the fact that it is fundamentaly insane. Once they've got martyrs and architecture and poetry and geniuses as their apologists it veils all the crazy. It's such a shame that the suicides died for such an ugly part of their faith, they didn't even get to die for something important.

If it's not too personal- how did you reconcile your faith with your sexuality?

rowie's picture

this is a problem with

this is a problem with religion. not just mormons although it is obviously a big problem within thier community. all religion.

--i used to be a tomboy, now im a full grown lesbian--

**you must be the change you wish to see in the world**

tayz's picture

I'm atheist myself, and I do

I'm atheist myself, and I do agree with some of your views on the Mormon religion but you've also gotta remember how much blood is on the catholic Church's hands too.
There were MANY massacres, killings, burnings, murders etc all in the name of Jesus Christ.

Almost every religion has blood on it's hands, and alot of it.
Yes, Mormons strict values and things may seem a bit extreme, and I completely disagree with their views on gays, but my best friend's boyfriend is Mormon and I don't know... It has its good points, as do all religions.

The suicides definitely are a tragedy though.
A ridiculous waste of precious and valued lives =[

irreverent Jim's picture

Politics and Religion

Go to www.soilworks.org and catch the religion on religion page for some great movie documentaries on religion. The Mormon religion is insane, and proof that gulabilities are past down not necessarily learned. Mormons aren't growing because people are converting, they are just making new ones at home. When your told shit as a kid, your not likely to question it or jeaopardize your social family standing by scoffing at rediculous notions held for over 130 years. Also the history of religion on the soilworks site. The 3rf movie down is the first part of the zeitgeist movie. It's a fascinating look at religion thru history.