Mormon Church says it’s OK to be a little gay, as long as you suppress and deny it

So the notoriously restrictive Mormon Church says it will accept gay people now, which is great news, right? It’s a sign of the times and all that? Wrong (I need a loud, obnoxious “wrong” buzzer-widget). Like, sooooo wrong. The Mormons say it’s OK to be gay, as long as one denies it and suppresses it — basically what gay members have been doing since forever. Now they’re just talking about it.

In videos on the Church of Latter Day Saints’ website called “Mormon and Gay,” there are testimonials from members who are afflicted (they don’t say that really, but that’s the vibe) with “same sex attraction.” This attraction is how the church gets around not being totally terrible (it’s all terrible) because it differentiates between being attracted to the same sex and homosexual behavior.

So, you can be gay, you just have to resolve to never act on your queer feelings and marry someone of the opposite sex, or stay celibate. If you can watch the videos and not start throwing things, good for you. It gets even worse when the family and friends of gay Mormons chime in on the video testimonials. Imagine being a mother and asking your child to pretend to be something they’re not. It’s not healthy for anyone.

The whole point of the video is to say same-sex attraction is “in and of itself” not a sin. But according to church elder D. Todd Christofferson, “Homosexual behavior is contrary to [church doctrines] and can never be anything but transgression. It’s something that deprives people of those highest expectations and possibilities that God has for us,” as he says in the campaign. That’s some sneaky semantic legwork to continue to repress people while pretending you aren’t. And talk about a “fascination with sex.

Correct this self-identified straight woman if she’s wrong, but “homosexual behavior” isn’t just sex. It’s also about love and intimacy and connection. Just like my heterosexual behavior involves being physically attracted to the opposite sex, but also falling in love with someone of the opposite sex or wanting to raise a family with the opposite sex and connecting with someone on an intimate level. Or it can just be about sleeping with as many men as possible and living alone with a bottle of wine. But, still, there’s more to heterosexual and homosexual behavior than actual fucking.

This new campaign by the Mormons is pretending it’s progressive and open to all. Look, the church even gave up on fighting against gay marriage a few years ago. But listen to Josh talk about being celibate in this life because he is attracted to men and can’t act on it. He explains how the church preaches that if you are celibate, you get to be with a “woman” in the afterlife and how he thinks that’s “gross.” Now Josh talks to God and tries to figure out if maybe he can bone a dude in the afterlife instead.

It should be telling that there’s a special tab on the Mormon and Gay website for “Depression and Suicide” that notes “same-sex attracted” individuals are at a higher risk of injuring or killing themselves. Uh, yea. There are tips for parents and hotlines to call, and then there’s this:

“Trust in God. Hold on in His love. Know that one day the dawn will break brightly and all shadows of mortality will flee. Though we may feel we are ‘like a broken vessel,’ as the Psalmist says, we must remember, that vessel is in the hands of the divine potter.”

The only reason someone would feel like a “broken vessel” is because they’re growing up in a community that tells them they are.