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Family Acceptance Project Pamphlet

This pamphlet, “Supportive Families, Healthy Children: Helping Latter-day Saint Families with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Children,” was recently brought to my attention that was published by the Family Acceptance Project that helps Mormon parents approach the situation if they find out that their child is gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I have been told that this pamphlet was published with approval of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints although the pamphlet itself does not seem to indicate that. One author is a non-LDS social worker affiliated with San Francisco State University and the other co-author is a lifelong member of the Church who has served in many callings, including bishop. It does quote the Proclamation on the Family, President David O. McKay, President Ezra Taft Benson, Elder Dallin H. Oaks and other important Latter-day Saint sources. Its main thrust seems to be to try to get through to LDS parents that “finding out your child is LGBT” is not a good reason to disown them.

While most of the pamphlet lumps “LGBT” all together it does, near the end, make the important distinction between sexual orientation and gender identity. And the pamphlet closes with the promise that there are additional materials forthcoming.

To get the pamphlet, go to http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications. Under the second category (Faith-based Family Education Information) you can download a “Latter-day Saint (Mormon) Version” of the pamphlet.

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3 thoughts on “Family Acceptance Project Pamphlet

  1. This pamphlet definitely has some good advice for parents in it. However, I worry that showing this pamphlet might actually further the confusion that already exists between being homosexual and transgender/transsexual because of how it lumps the issues together. Honestly, I think it’s bad enough that the conditions of being transgender and being trassexual have been lumped together. They are different issues and I think we need to start treating them as such.

  2. I agree with Christi; while it’s certainly a nice first step, I fear associating Trans issues with LGB issues risks confusing people into thinking of them in similar ways.

  3. Yes, this same concern was implied in the body of the article. Hopefully this same group can create a separate ‘T’ pamphlet sometime.

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