A former student of mine once turned in a writing assignment in which he outed himself as having same-sex attraction. He was responding to a news article on bullying, and he had experienced more than his share.
Because of the type of school where I teach, this is actually not uncommon, but this student’s anguish needs to be shared. When I told him that a person’s goodness had nothing to do with genetic traits that determine sexuality, he was floored. He had been repeatedly taught by society and members of his church that having same-sex attraction made him a creature to loathe; something evil to be hated.
I do not assume that this teaching was intentional, but it was real. Mormonism needs heroes like John Dehlin, who will stand up for those who are marginalized and work as Christ did to strengthen all.
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