A Gay Mormon Thanks President Hinckley

D Christian Harrison - February 10, 2008

This morning, I came across a post at Ex-gay Watch (hat-tip: Northern Lights) that mentioned the passing of President Hinckley. Several dozen comments followed, including one commenter who wished President Hinckley “good riddance”.

I replied, of course, at length… but the salient part of my comment was this:

My own life [out, celibate, and active] very much reflects the positive influence that President Hickley had on the Church in this area, and I don’t wish him good riddance, but happy trails and fond reunions with his wife and parents.

It’s true, really. In the last 15 years, the strides made by the Church with regards to embracing its gay members have been marked. And for that (among many things), I can’t thank President Hinckley enough.

9 Comments »

  1. Thank you, Silus. I’ve always thought you were a class act.

    Comment by Proud Daughter of Eve — February 10, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

  2. Indeed Proud Daughter of Eve.

    Nicely done post.

    Comment by Stephen M (Ethesis) — February 10, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

  3. Thank you Silus, your post is very refreshing.

    I am glad someone in the gay community acknowledges the remarkable changes that President Hinckley accomplished in these area.

    I think as a Church we need to move toward being more united and embracing and loving everyone. Our gay brothers and sisters should never feel left out. And, although I don’t think we are perfect at this yet, in my hopeful thoughts, I believe President Hinckley paved the road for many more changes to come.

    Because I believe focusing on our similarities rather than on our differences will help us better go back to Heavenly Father, thank you Silus.

    Comment by Manuel — February 10, 2008 @ 9:26 pm

  4. Silus – Thank you for your refreshing comments. Since I don’t know you personally I’ve been amused and interested by the comments made at this blog about your sexual orientation. Your words “out, celibate, and active” clear up a lot of questions I’ve had.

    I wonder if you have or will ever take the opportunity to discuss, on this blog or elsewhere, what your experience has been in coming to terms with your own identity. I know a man in my stake, who I have served with on the High Council and in other capacities, who I believe is gay. He is a wonderful sensative man with many great talents. I’m quite certain he lives a celebate life but we’ve never talked about it and as far as I know, he isn’t “out.” Do you think sharing your experience would help others who are currently struggling? I can’t imagine that it has been easy for you but seem to have survived the ordeal.

    I apologize if I’m being too nosey about your personal life but I just hope there is a way for our church to continue in the difficult struggle of holding to specific standards while at the same time welcoming those who find their personal identity is in conflict with those standards. And God bless you for your efforts so far.

    Comment by Lamonte — February 11, 2008 @ 5:40 am

  5. Lamonte: I’m certain to share more on the issue, here at Nine Moons, but here are a few links that may help in the mean time:

    A somewhat dated series I wrote for Nine Moons a couple years ago:

    Intro, Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV

    My reply to a worried mother.

    And, of course, more generally, the “gay” archives over on my personal blog.

    Comment by Silus Grok — February 11, 2008 @ 7:44 am

  6. Also, thanks to each of you for your kind words.

    Comment by Silus Grok — February 11, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  7. Silus – Thanks for attached posts. I’m at work today and trying to give the appearance of working so I’ll read them later today. It looks like a wealth of good information.

    Comment by Lamonte — February 11, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  8. Silus, this is a great post! Thank you for being so open.-”anonymous Barb”

    Comment by Barb — February 12, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  9. I started a publication recently, hoping to be helpful with regard to this topic:

    Why Gay Mormons are So Often Tempted to Blow Their Stinkin’ Heads Off, In No Particular Order… (www.devanhite.com)

    I thought you might be interested in it. It has already been enough to get me arrested at BYU. Guess they don’t want to talk about this.

    Keeping it alive,
    Devan

    Comment by Devan Hite — November 22, 2008 @ 7:53 am

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