Letter to the Editor:

Thank you, Rose, for this article! I was wondering when someone was going to finally write about this website. When I first visited mormonsandgays.org I was hopeful, thinking the church was finally making progress. But I was naive and shouldn’t have been surprised when I saw the message they put right under the headline in the middle of the page: “Where the Church stands: …The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them…”
The site is completely useless if that’s their stance. Telling the LGBT community that acting on their attraction is a sin is like putting them in a prison cell. Oh sure you can go live your life but you can never tell the person you love that you love her, never hold his hand, never kiss her or never even flirt, because that would be acting on the attraction. It would be torture to live that way, forever alone, not even able to confess to the person you have a crush on, while you watch all the heterosexuals live out their lives and loves that they take for granted. And the church is too scared to look these people in the eye and tell them they can’t love or it’s a sin, so they made this ridiculous website to say it for them. The church claims to be all about love and understanding, but how can they be when they claim that so much of the love in the world is a sin?

Gina Allyn