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  • 32 LGBT Mormons Aged 14-20 Have Committed Suicide in Wake of New Anti-Gay Policy, Group Says

    LDS Church Leaders Call Trend 'Heartbreaking,' Say They 'Mourn with Families'

    Thirty-two young LGBT Mormons reportedly have taken their own lives since early November — when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new devastatingly anti-gay policy labeling people in same-sex marriages "apostates" and barring their children from being baptized. 

    All of the victims were between the ages of 14 and 20, with an average age of 17. Twenty-seven were male, three were female and two were transgender, and all but six of the suicides occurred in Utah. 

    Those figures are based on a report from Mama Dragons, a support group for the Mormon parents of LGBT children that we first told you about last May. Wendy Montgomery, co-founder of Mama Dragons, announced recently during a conference of Affirmation, another Mormon LGBT support group, that the families of the 32 victims had contacted her directly about the death of a child or sibling. 

    The Deseret News, a Salt Lake City-based daily newspaper owned by the Mormon church, reported the shocking figure Wednesday after obtaining the following statement from senior LDS leaders.

    "Every soul is precious to God and to the church and the loss of life to suicide is heartbreaking," an LDS church spokesman, Dale Jones, said. "Those who are attracted to others of the same sex face particular challenges and pressures in this regard, both inside and outside the church. We mourn with their families and friends when they feel life no longer offers hope. Each congregation should welcome everyone. Leaders and members are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to reach out in an active, caring way to all, especially to youth who feel estranged or isolated. The church has repeatedly stated that those who feel same-sex attraction and yet choose to live the commandments of God can live fulfilling lives as worthy members of the church. We want all to enjoy the blessings and safety offered by embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ and living the principles of His gospel."

    RELATED: 1830 Mormons In Salt Lake City Quit LDS Church Over New Anti-Gay Policies

    The 15 million-member LDS church teaches that acting on feelings of "same-sex attraction" is a sin, and excommunicates gay and lesbian members who decline to remain celibate. The church fought vigorously against the legalization of same-sex marriage, bankrolling the campaign in support of California's Proposition 8 in 2008.

    In the ensuing years, however, the church appeared to soften its anti-gay tone and left decisions about the issue in the hands of local leaders. As a result, some "wards," or congregations, in progressive areas became welcoming of LGBT people. Last year, the church even supported a bill banning anti-LGBT discrimination in Utah, although the measure contained significant religious exemptions. 

    RELATED: Amid Mass Resignations, Mormon Leaders Try, Fail To Soften New Rule On Children Of Same-Sex Parents

    But in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, the church took a major step backward. In the policy released Nov. 5, the church relegated same-sex couples to the same status as those in polygamous marriages, labeling them "apostates," a term for those who've renounced their faith. The policy also bars the children of same-sex parents from becoming full members of the church until they turn 18, disavow their parents' relationship, and leave the household. 

    The new policy prompted thousands to leave the church in protest. Then, earlier this month, the president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Russell M. Nelson, declared that the policy was a revelation from God to LDS President Thomas S. Monson, which elevated it to the status of church doctrine. Nelson is next in line to become church president, and his wife later said that LGBT people could "repent" and have their "sexual feelings be in harmony" with God's law. 

    Even before the new policy was announced, Utah had the fourth-highest rate of suicide in the nation, and suicide was the No. 1 cause of death for children ages 10-17. Sadly, the families of LGBT Mormons who commit suicide typically don't publicize it because they want to avoid the associated shame from fellow church members. 

    Nationally, LGB youth are four times more likely than their straight peers to attempt suicide, according to the Trevor Project. LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to attempt suicide as those who report no or low levels of family rejection. And one quarter of young transgender people "report having made a suicide attempt."

     

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    • commented 2016-07-29 04:38:52 -0400
      Theocratic States are terrorist states that breed hate, ignorance, and bigotry. The LDS and The Southern Baptists are terrorist organizations that have joined forces to oppress truth and freedom. They’re evil and mentally ill. Don’t kill yourself. Get the hell out to of there. To be born in to a theocracy is a cruel introduction to a beautiful world.

    • commented 2016-02-20 16:24:51 -0500
      Bisexual and gay teenagers should not commit suicide over Christianity because Christianity is more than 50% Roman Emperor Worship.

      Second, Christianity is designed for believers to fail spiritually. Here is the pernicious programming:

      Jesus is the son of the God of the Jews.
      Jesus believes in the god of the Jews.
      Moses was blessed to be in the presence of God.
      King David said, Lord, I will seek your face.
      The god of the Jews says at Leviticus 17:10, drink blood and I will turn my face away from you.
      Jesus: drink blood in remembrance of me.
      Jesus also told people through parable that the Jewish God was taking away the Promised Land and giving it to the Romans because the Jewish authorities, the wicked tenants gave the Jewish God’s Son to the Romans first for capital punishment.
      This is part of the reason why Josephus and the Babylonian Talmud (see Jesus in the Talmud by Peter Schafer) consider declarations about Jesus calamitous.

      Therefore, Christianity is not worth your suicide. Either Jesus was better and did not lead people against the Torah and did not tell people the Jewish God was choosing another people or 1) Jesus was right to do this because the notion of the Jewish God was lost when there was no Exodus from the Romans but destruction of Temple Judaism and its notion of God or 2) the Roman overseers of new religions in the empire bugged Christianity to love and worship the Jewish God in quite dysfunctional ways.

    • commented 2016-02-16 22:39:28 -0500
      The 32 number is demonstrably false. Please stop reporting hearsay statistics. Read for yourself. The 32 suicides number is completely false. Read for yourself. http://www.millennialstar.org/about-that-claim-of-suicides-by-lds-teens-with-same-sex-attraction/

    • commented 2016-02-16 20:33:36 -0500
      Stephen campbell, I question your knowledge of the Lord. You focus more on Roman rulers than you do the words of Yeshua.

      If you are attempting to defend homosexuality, then stop. You are going against the grain of our Creator. This will be your stumbling block.

      Richard Noble, this is not your so called genocide. Most people commit suicide because they share guilt of something they’ve done wrong or they feel overwhelmed by societies rules and simply know not how to fit in. The church is not responsible for the suicides of those who chose the wrong path. The real people to blame are the patents who accepted their child’s abominable behavior, then insisting the church need to accept it. That is the same as you facing the Holy Spirit on judgment day and telling Him that He needs to accept sin into His world. That is NOT going to happen.

    • commented 2016-02-16 18:59:58 -0500
      Sad as this is when people are not able to understand the Lord’s words. People who commit suicide are simply put, weak minded. There is hope for them should others reach out to help when it is noticed. As for people involved in same sex relationships, they can not be true Christians, following Yeshua when they are violating the Holy Spirit’s commandments. Yeshua confirmed marriage is between one man and one woman, as it has been from the beginning of time. Society is to blame for allowing this same sex issue to get out of control by allowing pornography to be present in this land, and it is open for eyes of all ages to see. This is sad. The United states government must change their wicked ways and start mandating laws restrictions pornography of “ALL” kinds to be removed from this land and forbid same sex marriage. This way children will not grow up thinking it is ok.

    • commented 2016-02-13 15:40:56 -0500
      Love Your Enemies Because Julius Caesar Did and Jesus Christ Reiterated This

      Julius Caesar certainly showed admirable self-restraint and mercy, both in his conduct of the civil war and in the hour of victory.

      1a
      While Pompeius announced that he would treat as enemies those who did not take up arms for the government, Caesar gave out that those who were neutral and of neither party should be numbered with his friends.

      1b
      He freely allowed all those whom he had made centurions on Pompeius’ recommendation to go over to his rival.

      1c
      When conditions of surrender were under discussion at Ilerda [Lerid], and friendly intercourse between the two parties was constant, Afranius and Petreius, with a sudden change of purpose, put to death all of Caesar’s soldiers whom they found in their camp; but Caesar could not bring himself to retaliate in kind.

      1d
      At the Battle of Pharsalus he cried out, Spare your fellow citizens, and afterwards allowed each of his men to save any one man he pleased of the opposite party.

      1e
      And it will be found that no Pompeian lost his life except in battle, save only Afranius and Faustus, and the young Lucius Caesar; and it is believed that not even these men were slain by his wish, even though the two former had taken up arms again after being pardoned, while Caesar had not only cruelly put to death the dictator‘s slaves and freedmen with fire and sword, but had even butchered the wild beasts which he had procured for the entertainment of the people.

      2a
      At last, in his later years, he went so far as to allow all those whom he had not yet pardoned to return to Italy, and to hold magistracies and the command of armies:

      2b
      and he actually set up the statue of Lucius Sulla and the statue of Pompey, which had been broken to pieces by the populace.

      3a
      After this, if any dangerous plots were formed against him, or slanders uttered, he preferred to quash rather than to punish them.

      Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
      Matthew 5: 11

      3b
      and he thought it enough to give public warning to those who spoke ill of him, not to persist in their conduct, bearing with good nature the attacks on his reputation made by the scurrilous volume of Aulus Caecina and the abusive lampoons of Pitholaus.

      4
      Accordingly, he took no further notice of the conspiracies which were detected, and of meetings by night, than to make known by proclamation that he was aware of them.

      When Judas had eaten the bread, Satan entered into him. Then Jesus told him, “Hurry and do what you’re going to do.”
      John 13: 27

    • commented 2016-02-07 21:47:37 -0500
      I am the author of The Greatest Bible Study in Historical Accuracy by Steefen. On youtube, search WBFbySteefen, see the longest uploaded video first or See: https://youtu.be/9t1dSvEfYwQ

    • commented 2016-02-07 21:39:25 -0500
      Christianity is more than 50% Roman Emperor Worship; therefore, it is not worth your suicide.

      1) how can Jesus say not one letter of the law is changed but when he asks/instructs how he should be remembered, he goes against Leviticus 17:10; 2) how much of Julius Caesar, Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian—Roman Emperor worship is in Christian tradition? Indeed, after the Romans defeated a Jewish Revolt (then won the 2nd and 3rd Jewish Roman Wars), why would a Jewish messiah religion develop in Rome? Why would a Jewish Jesus become man and God, when that is a Roman theology to make Julius Caesar man and God, Octavian Augustus, man and God, son of God, no less, Vespasian, man and God, Titus, man and divine, Domitian, man and divine? It is Rome that has us ambiguously remembering Jesus in a way that causes the Jewish God to turn his face away and separate us from his people.

      Caesar’s mentor, Pompey, was beheaded.
      Jesus’ mentor, John the Baptist, was beheaded.

      = = =

      The forgiveness and mercy of Julius Caesar…
      Love your enemies – Jesus

      = = =

      Julius Caesar’s death was foretold and known by Julius.
      Jesus’ death was foretold and known by Jesus.

      = = =

      Julius Caesar, although he hesitated before going to his death, accepted–did not fight–his death.

      Jesus Christ, although there was agony, accepted–did not prevent–his death.

      = = =

      If Julius Caesar were to be assassinated, the commonwealth would have no peace, but was plunged in civil strife under much worse conditions – Suetonius

      If Jesus Christ were to be killed, Judea would have no peace, but did plunge into civil war before and during the Jewish Revolt.

      = = =

      Caesar at his last supper: “The best death is the sudden one.” – Suetonius p. 147
      Jesus at his last supper: “What you do, do it quickly.”

      = = =

      Julius Caesar was betrayed by Brutus.
      Jesus was betrayed by Judas.

      = = =

      Brutus urged Caesar to go into the theater of his death.
      Judas gave Jesus entrance into the theater of his death.

      = = =

      Julius Caesar was elevated to divine status after his violent death.
      Jesus was elevated to divine status after his violent death.

      = = =

      Julius Caesar’s effigy is a pierced man on a cross.
      Jesus’ effigy is a pierced man on a cross.

      = = =

      Julius Caesar was human and divine.
      Jesus Christ was human and divine.

      Julius Caesar was numbered among the gods, not only by a formal decree, but also in the conviction of the common people.

      Jesus was numbered II among the Trinity of God.
      = = =

      The Ascension of Julius Caesar
      The Ascension of Jesus

      Now for Christian tradition, not the gospels.

      On the day before the murder of Julius Caesar, his wife thought her husband was stabbed in her arms.

      The Pieta is a statue of a woman holding on her lap, a dead man who has been stabbed–she is too young to be his mother.

      = = =

      Longinus stabbed Julius Caesar.
      St. Longinus stabbed Jesus Christ.

    • commented 2016-02-04 00:48:34 -0500
      I will be filing civil rights complaints with the FBI

      THE CHURCH ALREADY KNOWS THE SUICIDE RATE AND HAS DONE THIS AS AN ETHNIC CLEANSING CAMPAIGN.

      May I suggest EVERYONE write a letter on behalf of these innocent kids and bring justice to this 3rd Reich known as the LDS.

      Have your letter notarized and please send it to the FBI field office in Salt Lake City.

      This is genocide.

    • commented 2016-02-04 00:36:01 -0500
      It’s a jihad, a religious war.
      Let’s look to Obama’s speech when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize.

      Like ISIS and the 3rd Reich and the GOP in sheep clothing.

      They’re fooling nobody.

    • commented 2016-01-31 00:21:15 -0500
      Nake Tauntie, how dare you peddle your sanctimonious, arrogant religious dogma, like you KNOW who Christ was or what he did!
      You have no idea, you repeat your hate, the hate and intolerance you were ‘learned’
      This LDS is not a church, it is an abomination, like all organised religion. This so called church and its leaders are murderers, complicit in the torture of young people or any human beings of the LGBTI community.
      In many ways i feel sorry for those brainwashed into this abdominal cult, purporting to espouse the values of Jesus Christ. Watch a little flick called ‘Zeitgeist, learn where your ’faith’ was lifted from, to dominate your mind and your true spirit. No, you won’t, that is clear, your view has narrowed to your indoctrination, there is no room for compromise or an opening of the hearts of you or your murderous cult. When you are faced with your ultimate truth, you will be forgiven, you’ll return to this earth into the very community you despise, you’ll experience the terror of the LGBTI community, their feelings of isolation and punishment, heaped upon them by the evil cult you represent and the broarder community your faith has damaged into believing love is sin. Thankfully there are Christ based faiths out there who really are spreading the true message of Jesus Christ. The arrogance, the audacity of your cult and others, to believe God made mistakes in creating his image, truly astounding! Watch Zeitgeist, learn how you have been damaged, renounce your evil, you may get an easier time in your next life!

    • commented 2016-01-30 14:59:36 -0500
      Religion digging its own murderous grave again.

    • commented 2016-01-30 07:41:22 -0500
      Great piece on the loss of the 32 LDS Youth but here is something you need to read and consider when writing about suicide.

      http://reportingonsuicide.org/

    • commented 2016-01-29 23:31:54 -0500
      I wonder what an announcement from the LDS church would have looked like when whites and blacks were not to date or intermarry in the LDS:
      "Every soul is precious to God and to the church. “Those who are attracted to one of another race face particular challenges and pressures in this regard, both inside and outside the church. We mourn with the families and friends when these individuals have made such poor decision. Once they turn away from the sin, each congregation should welcome these individuals back. Leaders and members are taught to follow the example of Jesus Christ and to reach out in an active, caring way to all and to encourage these individuals to turn away from this sinful behavior. The church has repeatedly stated that those who feel other-race attraction and yet choose to live the commandments of God can live fulfilling lives as worthy members of the church. We want all to enjoy the blessings and safety offered by embracing the teachings of Jesus Christ and living the principles of His gospel.”

    • commented 2016-01-29 22:32:10 -0500
      Chryssa Piper, I can and I WILL say that the LDS IS WRONG! We are talking about OUR children. These individuals that killed themselves are children. Their brains are not fully developed so how can you expect them to be able to handle the stress placed upon them by those “doctrines”?

    • commented 2016-01-29 17:40:53 -0500
      nicely said, Chryssa

    • commented 2016-01-29 17:17:39 -0500
      The deaths of LGBT young adults are tragic and of course reflects on the lack of change in several religions including Mormonism, Catholicism, Anglican (as evidenced by the recent excommunication of US Episcopal branches). That being said, I cannot say that the LDS church is wrong. They are being true to their own internal doctrine, and if anyone chooses to believe that doctrine, then they know intrinsically that acting on same sex attraction is not in line with their beliefs. The fact that the church has softened its stance on even admitting SSA in recent years is a huge step forward. If your personal religious faith is contrary to the church you are a member of, then you aren’t a true believer. That self-actualization is obviously challenging, and the tragedy of LGBT teen/young adult suicide lies within our society as a whole, not with one church or doctrine. (I say this as a bisexual woman whose wife was raised Catholic and had to come to her own personal peace.)

    • commented 2016-01-29 16:44:20 -0500
      And, yet, people still believe in these cults. So be it. Deaths be blamed upon the faithful.

    • commented 2016-01-29 14:56:34 -0500
      I hold each and every leader of the LDS church with the responsibility of these needless deaths.

    • commented 2016-01-29 13:43:27 -0500
      The elders of the LDS church had better look hard at the policies they have because however tolerant they feel they are being, their teachings are still killing children. Shame.

    • commented 2016-01-29 13:36:38 -0500
      ‘Im sure they are heart broken, that’s 32 less paychecks to suck on. Fuck the Mormons and every other blood sucking death cult.

    • commented 2016-01-29 12:13:39 -0500
      More blood on their hands.

    • commented 2016-01-29 12:11:03 -0500
      You know, I agree with your article and you still managed to fuck it up. The magic words “policy” and “doctrine” are polar opposites in mormondom and your casual transubstantiation from one word to another, with a hyperlink that doesn’t support the claim, well that’s just lazy and it’s bullshit.

    • commented 2016-01-29 11:54:31 -0500
      Someone should remind these creeps that Jesus said nothing about same sex partnerships.

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