[Note: Some groups may use terms and abbreviations that are unfamiliar to you.  You’ll want to rely on each source to define the way it uses a term.

If we can be of help during this time, contact us at: smithsonjb@gmail.com.——-Jim and Merrie Smithson, LDS parents of a gay son]

  • The official LDS Church website on homosexuality

    has the most recent and comprehensive information about the church’s teachings on homosexuality. There are statements by three of the Apostles and by members of the Church affected by this issue. All of the official publications of the Church for individuals and families wanting to know what the Church teaches regarding these issues can be found and are linked at: www.MormonsAndGays.org .

  • Facebook Support Group for Active LDS Parents with LGBT children (I’ll Walk With You Parent Group)

    is a group of parents who are committed to staying active in the church while supporting and affirming their LGBT children. It is a group that is moderated to ensure that there is no disrespect shown toward the church. This is an excellent group for people who are new to the issue. It is categorized by Facebook as ‘secret’ which means that nobody outside of the group will know you are in the group or be able to read your posts there. It is primarily restricted to parents and grandparents, but other family members are considered as well on a case by case basis. To gain access to this group you must contact one of the admins, and send them a friend request so they can add you. Contact Greg Searle or Christy Searle

  • Family Fellowship

    is a volunteer service organization, a diverse collection of Mormon families engaged in the cause of strengthening families with homosexual members. We share our witness that gay and lesbian Mormons can be great blessings in the lives of their families, and that families can be great blessings in the lives of their gay and lesbian members. (http://www.ldsfamilyfellowship.org)   See also Facebook Family Fellowship

  • Family Acceptance Project

is a community research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease major health and related risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families decrease rejection and increase support for their LGBT children. (http://familyproject.sfsu.edu)

  • Mormons Building Bridges

    is dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to LGBTQI individuals. We support all of our brothers and sisters—those who identify as LGBTQI and those who identify as same-sex attracted—in their life’s path and work to make our homes and congregations warm and welcoming for all our LGBTQI brothers and sisters. (Facebook group Mormons Building Bridges)

  • Affirmation: Mormons, Families & Friends

supports LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and their families, friends and Church leaders in seeking to live productive lives consistent with their faith or heritage. It provides a loving, inclusive community for all LGBTQ/SSA people, regardless of how they identify in their sexual orientation, gender identity, or faith. It encourages spirituality and empowers LGBTQ/SSA Mormons to make valuable contributions within and outside of the Church. It organizes local gatherings and international conferences, provides informational resources, and works for dialogue within the Church. (http://affirmation.org)

 

Affirmation and Northstar are the largest peer based communities for gay/same sex attracted Mormons. Together they represent a wide spectrum of perspectives and a number of varying resources. Both include a number of people working to provide support for LGBT/SSA Mormons and their families and both encourage  maintenance of  LDS values to whatever extent is possible.

  • NorthStar

is a place of community for Latter-day Saints dealing with issues surrounding homosexual attraction where they are encouraged to maintain LDS values and supported in living celibately or encouraged to maintain heterosexual marriages when one in the marriage has same sex attraction.   (http://northstarlds.org)  Facebook group can be accessed after contact with NorthStar.

  • A Guide for Latter-day Saint Families Dealing with Homosexual Attraction

is designed to help LDS families in which a family member experiences homosexual attraction. by Robert A. Rees,  Ron Schow, Marybeth Raynes, and William Bradshaw (The Guide)  See also the associated website of LDS resources for LGBT Mormons and families  (GayMormon Resources.org)

  • PFLAG: Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

supports LGBT people, their families and friends locally and nationally by providing PFLAG chapter helplines, support group meetings and resources … PFLAG also advocates for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on local, state, and national levels. (http://www.pflag.org)

  • The Trevor Project

is a national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth. The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources. (http://www.thetrevorproject.org)

  • Far Between

has a mission to improve the conversation surrounding homosexuality and Mormonism. It hopes to do so by providing first-person accounts of what it’s like to be homosexual and Mormon, tips and tools for how to sustain generative conversations within ourselves, with our loved ones, and in our communities, about how to navigate the tension brought on by the lived experiences of homosexuality and membership in the LDS Church. It hopes that as we commit to holding space for people’s opinions, beliefs, and life experiences that may differ from our own and put empathy first, we will create safety and peace for all who choose to engage in these important conversations and, in turn, heal hearts, homes, and communities.  (Far Between on Facebook)

  • Gay Mormon Forum

aims to shed positive light on the dialogue which is currently taking place in the LDS community on the topic of homosexuality, while fostering Christ-like approaches which encourage and affirm both the spirituality and wholeness of all human beings. (http://gaymormonforum.org)

  • The Lord My Pasture Will Prepare

group purpose is to provide support and fellowship for LGBTQ people who desire to attend the LDS church and are in or seeking a same-sex relationship or are affirming of such relationships. It is a private (secret) group, meaning only members can read the posts and see who’s in the group.   This is not an official LDS group, and it is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is one of several groups created and sponsored by Affirmation, with this group specifically designed for those who desire to attend church.  To join this Facebook group please friend the Prepare group moderator.