Bryan Michael Egnew did his Mormon mission at age 19, got married in a Mormon temple, had five kids and served for years in his local Mormon congregation.
But last month when he came out at age 40, his wife drove off to Tennessee with his kids , most of his family stopped talking to him and the church excommunicated him because he wouldn’t renounce his homosexuality. On September 10, he killed himself.
Now Pride in Utah is asking, “How long will the Mormon Church continue to let their members die before they decide that LGBT people are worth being treated as equals?”
Sadly, after Egnew died, his family scrubbed any mention of his being gay off his Facebook page, blocked any friends who might tell Egnew’s story and made sure his obituary didn’t mention his sexuality.
We already know that the Mormon Church regularly sends its gay members to ex-gay therapy. But the church would rather its gay members stay closeted—or take their own lives—than help them to live good lives as openly gay men and women.
Until it does, the Mormon church is partially to blame for the suicides of its LGBT members.
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