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Gay Mormon, excommunicated from his church, commits suicide

Thursday, September 22, 2011
Bryan Michael Egnew, 40, spent the last decades of his life building up the courage to come out to his family and Mormon church. Once he did his life, family and religion were stripped away from him, and he committed suicide within a matter of weeks. [ Read more → ]
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Prop 8 supporter Vidmar resigns as Olympic liaison over anti-gay position

Friday, May 6, 2011
Peter Vidmar, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics and devout Mormon, stepped down Friday as the chief of mission for the 2012 U.S. Olympic team in the wake of growing criticism of his public opposition to gay marriage. [ Read more → ]
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LDS children’s book on ‘overcoming homosexuality’ finds a home on WalMart shelves

Saturday, October 9, 2010
More than 100 WalMart stores are stocking a new children's book -- Chased by an Elephant: The Gospel Truth About Today’s Stampeding Sexuality -- that counsels truth and accepting Jesus as the path to over coming homosexuality. [ Read more → ]
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Mormon church edits transcript of Packer’s anti-gay hate speech

Friday, October 8, 2010
The Mormon Church is trying to perform some sleight of hand, and hoping no one notices. On their online version of Boyd K. Packer’s hate-speech, they’ve changed some of the most critical words -– possibly in response to the national outrage against them. [ Read more → ]
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Thousands protest outside Mormon church over LDS leader’s anti-gay remarks

Thursday, October 7, 2010
An estimated 4,500 gay rights advocates gathered outside the headquarters of the Mormon church Thursday evening to protest recent remarks from a church leader that homosexuality is an immoral condition that can and should be overcome. [ Read more → ]
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Todd Ransom: Mormon family breaks silence about gay man’s suicide

Friday, July 23, 2010
Updated 7/26/10: Last week, Todd Ransom, a 28 year-old gay man from Orem, Utah, committed suicide. While it is unclear why exactly Ransom took his life, friends report that he struggled to reconcile his sexual orientation with his Mormon upbringing. [ Read more → ]
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Meet a Mormon who opposed Proposition 8

Sunday, July 11, 2010
I’m a Mormon, and I think It is ridiculous to think that allowing a broader realm of people to marry would somehow weaken families or marriage. I think just the opposite would be true. [ Read more → ]
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Roseanne Barr blames Mormon church for Marie Osmond’s son’s suicide

Friday, March 5, 2010
[caption id="attachment_6794" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="Barr"][/caption] In a post on her blog Thursday, outspoken comedian Roseanne Barr has pulled no punches in her comments on the recent suicide of Marie Osmond’s son, Michael Bryan (a.k.a. Blosil), saying it had nothing to do with depression, and everything... [ Read more → ]
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Sundance audience applauds film critical of Mormon role in Prop 8

Monday, January 25, 2010
Filmmaker Reed Cowan received two sustained standing ovations Sunday for his documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition,” a file which harshly criticizes the Mormon Church for campaigning in favor or California’s ban on same-sex marriage [...] [ Read more → ]
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Witness: Obama not an ‘ally’ for gays; memos link Mormon church to Prop 8

Thursday, January 21, 2010
The federal case challenging California's Proposition 8 wrapped up it's seventh day Wednesday, with plaintiff's attorneys producing documents showing close ties between the Mormon church and the Prop. 8 campaign, and one expert witness asserting that President Obama is "not a reliable ally" for gays... [ Read more → ]
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Film focused on Mormon efforts to pass Prop 8 sells out at Sundance

Saturday, January 16, 2010
A controversial film on the LDS Church and gay marriage has sold out five screenings at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival -- making it one of the most popular and highly anticipated entries of the festival. Focused on the 2008 passage of California’s Proposition 8,... [ Read more → ]

Mormon church announces support of SLC gay rights ordinance

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
In a rare move, the LDS Church announced Tuesday night its support of Salt Lake City's proposed ordinances protecting gay and transgender people from discrimination in housing and employment, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Hours later, the City Council approved the measures unanimously. "The church... [ Read more → ]

Gay rights supporters deliver petitions to Mormon church

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Like Mormon pioneers in the 1850s, gay-rights supporters pulled a handcart through Salt Lake City on Wednesday in what they dubbed a "rescue" mission, The Salt Lake City Tribune reports. The Foundation for Reconciliation carted more than 2,000 petition signatures to LDS Church headquarters, calling... [ Read more → ]

Gay advocacy groups criticize Mormon apostle over Prop 8 comments

Friday, October 16, 2009
Four gay advocacy groups that include Mormons and former church members released a joint statement Friday disagreeing with points made earlier this week in a speech on freedom of religion by Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of The Church of... [ Read more → ]

New signs posted at LDS plaza following ‘gay kiss’ incident

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
If you walk through the LDS Church Plaza in Salt Lake City you'll see some new signs. They put visitors on notice that the Church can refuse access to anyone for any reason. The added language to the signs address concerns about how the Church... [ Read more → ]

SLC Mayor proposing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance

Monday, August 24, 2009
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is proposing a new city ordinance that includes protections for sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The public discussion draft is based on a July report by the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission that provides "factual confirmation... [ Read more → ]

Couples gather for ‘Great Nationwide Kiss-in’ protest over gay harassment (Videos)

Saturday, August 15, 2009
The Mormon church's aggressive support for Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California last year, has turned the Utah-based church into a lightning rod for gay rights activism, including a "nationwide kiss-in" today in more than 50 communities. The event comes after gay couples... [ Read more → ]

‘Coming Out Mormon’ tells story of family, faith and being gay

Friday, August 14, 2009
In a new Current TV segment, 26 year-old Cody Derrick tells his coming out story. Cody Derrick grew up in a conservative Mormon home in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, Utah. At the age of 21, shortly after returning from his mission, Derrick came... [ Read more → ]
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Video: Gay couple’s confrontation with LDS guards

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Newly released film footage shows four LDS Church security guards separating and handcuffing a gay couple after the two men kissed on the Main Street Plaza. The Salt Lake Tribune obtained the film through an open-records request with Salt Lake City. The church provided the... [ Read more → ]
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‘A Hug and Kiss’ lands gay couple in handcuffs at Mormon plaza

Saturday, July 11, 2009
A gay couple say they were detained by LDS security guards on a plaza owned by the Mormon church and later cited by police, claiming it stemmed from a kiss on the cheek. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that the men... [ Read more → ]
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