There is a wonderful group called Mama Dragon on Facebook, for members only, that supports Mormon and ex-Mormon families who have lost a child to suicide. Since the Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints (LDS) announcement last November outlining their draconian approach (see below) to LGBTQ church members, Mama Dragon has reported thirty-two suicides of young Mormons between the ages of fourteen and twenty, most of them from Utah.
“Ex-gay” “reparative therapy” (quotes used to connote the lack of veracity and validity for both terms) has been the cause of untold numbers of suicides, especially among teens. The organization TruthWinsOut.org has ample documentation about the suicides of LGBT individuals, and teens especially. According to The Trevor Project:
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10 to 24.
- LBG youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide than their straight peers.
- Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives; one-quarter have attempted it.
- LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide than LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
I’m going to repeat that fourth point: LGB YOUTH FROM HIGHLY REJECTING FAMILIES ARE 8.4 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO ATTEMPT SUICIDE THAN LGB PEERS FROM LOW-LEVEL REJECTING FAMILIES.
Mormonism is, to put it mildly, a very, very highly rejecting construct.
And what is the LDS response to the suicides that occurred on the heels of their November 2015 announcement? Here it is:
"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.”
I can’t remember the last time I witnessed such profound hypocrisy. I’ve never seen such unrepentant weeping crocodiles. For who is it who’s causing the “challenges and pressures” for LGBT youth and their families? The Mormon Church of Latter Day Saints causes horrible strife that results in suicide among their own congregations.
Even the defunct “ex-gay” organization known as Exodus International closed its doors in 2013 with apologies—woefully inadequate thought they were—to the people whose lives they had ruined.
I have this to say to Dale Jones and his LDS cohorts: The deaths of these children are on your heads.
LDS NOVEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING LGBT FAMILIES
Children of same-sex couples may not be baptized or blessed. As adults, if these children want to enter the Mormon church they must be of legal age, may not live with a parent who has lived or currently lives in a same-sex cohabitation relationship or marriage, must disavow the practice of same-gender cohabitation and marriage, and must be granted permission from the LDS Office of the First Presidency.
Furthermore, Mormons in same-sex marriages will henceforth be labeled apostates, subject to disciplinary action (probably excommunication).