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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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Introduction

The purpose of this website will be to provide information regarding transsexual, transgender and intersex issues as they affect members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These are clearly sensitive subjects and we will seek not to sensationalize them, but ignoring them may also be hazardous. This site will not advocate one clear cut path for people affected by this issue to follow, but will strive to gather together in one place all the information we have now, and we hope it will be seen as a level-headed resource for members dealing with this issue, members not dealing with this issue but desiring to understand it and to support those so affected, and church leaders. Without belaboring the point it must be stated from the outset that these issues are entirely separate from those of same-sex attraction.

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