LGBT Advocates Urge Mormons To Denounce Reparative Therapy

LGBT equality advocates met with members of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City, Utah yesterday to raise concerns about how its policies are “harmful to their community.” The group, Soulforce’s 2012 Equality Ride, “had four specific requests for the LDS Church: to cut all ties with and denounce Evergreen International, which continues to use ‘reparative’ therapy in its treatment of gays; to stop funding groups that are fighting civil marriage equality across the country; to encourage LDS Business College to bring its policies on homosexuality in line with current Mormon teachings; and to add sexual orientation and gender identity/expression to the faith’s policies for church employees.” Soulforce described the meeting as “overall positive” and “very gracious and hospitable,” although LDS Church leadership was not involved in the meeting.