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The Purpose of the Study is:
To understand the effect of family reactions to their gay and transgender children, researchers from the Family Acceptance Project at San Francisco State University undertook a major study to provide families with accurate, up-to-date information to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children. They were motivated to undertake this study by listening to young people who felt afraid of how their families would respond to their identity or whose families had condemned or rejected them because of it. They had also seen families who supported their LGBT children and wanted to understand the range of family reactions and the impact of these reactions on their children’s health and well-being. This study, which included children and families from a range of social and religious backgrounds, including Latter-day Saint families, revealed that parents’ attitudes can have a dramatic impact on their gay and transgender children’s lives. Below, we discuss the outcome of this research and its implication for families.
2. Far Between:
Our mission is to improve the conversation surrounding homosexuality and Mormonism. We hope 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 is our hope 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.