Monday, August 19, 2019

Resources for LDS Parents of LGBTQ Children

“We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. Certainly we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord." 
(M. Russell Ballard, BYU Devotional, Nov. 14, 2017) 

2. Richard Ostler
Richard is a former young single adult bishop who opened his heart to his LGBTQ YSA ward members and his podcast shares many stories of those walking the road of being LDS and LGBTQ.

3. North Star
North Star is an organization for LDS LGBTQ people and their loved ones that seeks to support people in following the teachings of the LDS church. They have firesides, a spring conference, a Youtube channel, and a website.

4. Affirmation

Affirmation is also an organization for LDS LGBTQ people, but it is for people wherever they are on their faith journey - in the church, out of the church, or in-between. Affirmation has a website, a Youtube channel, has conferences in various locations. My son and I attended their Provo, Utah conference in June 2019.

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5. Tom Christofferson
Tom Christofferson is the brother of the apostle Elder D. Todd Christofferson. His book, That We May Be One is about his journey of leaving the church for quite a while and eventually coming back, but how his family was incredibly supportive and loving at every stage he was in. I’ve listened to the audio book twice on the Deseret Bookshelf Plus app. 

6. Facebook Groups for LDS Parents of LGBTQ Children

Other resources for LDS LGBTQ people and their loved ones
  • Encircle is a brick-and-mortar resource for LGBTQ youth and families in Provo, Salt Lake City, and St. George, Utah.  
  • BYU has an LGBTQ outreach program. The program director, Blake Fisher, a gay Latter-day-Saint, gave an excellent presentation at BYU Women's Conference in May 2019 about how to be more inclusive.

  • There are FHE groups and Sunday School groups for LGBTQ people who are in a variety of places with their faith. I know of groups like this in the Utah areas of SLC and Logan, as well as Atlanta, Georgia; Houston, Texas; and East Long Beach, California. I assume there are others I’m not aware of. If there isn’t one in your area, you could start one!
  • The Family Acceptance Project has great resources including these two printable posters/handouts that teach how families can help reduce the risk of suicide and improve mental health for LGBTQ youth. You can download them both here.

Family Acceptance Project posters/handouts can be downloaded here. 

Click here for my Hi Five Live video about being kind, inclusive, and supportive of LGBTQ people.

Art is Jesus Said Love Everyone by J. Kirk Richards

(Besides the articles included above)
Books (Besides books listed above)
  • Without the Mask by Charlie Bird. Charlie's book about coming to terms with being a gay Latter-day Saint and coming out as Cosmo the Cougar and coming out as gay in a Deseret News oped.
  • Torn by Justin Lee

Resources for Faith Crisis or Struggles

1 comment:

Trista said...

Thank you for sharing all of this. A labor of love