February 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Moms of Mormon gays track teen suicides
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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A group of LGBT-affirming mothers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are alarmed because they say youth suicides in the church are up since leaders condemned LDS gay couples in November, KUTV reports.

The group is called Mama Dragons and member Wendy Williams Montgomery began tallying the numbers after messages and calls from Mormon parents whose children had committed suicide. The numbers were posted online by another member, KUTV reports.

Montgomery reports that since the LDS church policy was announced, calling gay LDS couples apostates and banning their children from baptism until they are adults and denounce gay marriage, 34 LDS/LGBT youth between the ages of 14 and 20, have committed suicide. She said 28 of those suicides happened in Utah.

Dale Jones, an LDS public affairs officer, said in response that, “We mourn with their families and friends when they feel life no longer offers hope.”

“I think it’s important that we realize the shame and hurt we are putting on the gay community as members of the church,” Jill Hazard Rowe, a Mama Dragon, who lives in Utah, told KUTV. She is Mormon and has a gay son.

2 Comments
  • The Mormon church is controlled by an elite group of conspiring and vicious men, who, terrified that it’s members will view lgbt members as good decent, honest people, are absolutely determined to clear the church completely of these loving and law abiding members, regardless of the human misery and tragedies it is causing.
    There needs to be a public outcry and full investigation at the highest levels, concerning this vicious anti lgbt policy by the Mormon church.
    It is an absolute outrage that these cruel church leaders are not being held to account for these tragic young deaths.
    The blood of these young innocent people are on each of the leaders hands and conscience.

  • Mama dragon, you made me want to pray about this matter and ask god what he thinks! After all, if there’s a god, he will answer me
    So, I invite you mama dragon and everyone struggling with this issue, to go and pray. Even ask god what he thinks about Mormonism?
    I’m not a sheep, I’m a man, and I’m not going to follow the hatred and accusations
    I feel very strongly in my heart that Mormons are wronged, and this seriously bothers me

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