Sunday, November 6, 2011

Active LDS Bishop Kevin Kloosterman Speaks on Homosexuals in the LDS Church

This is LDS Bishop Kevin Kloosterman's talk on homosexuals in the LDS Church that was given on 11/6/2011 during the Mormon Stories "Circling the Wagons" conference in Salt Lake City, UT in support of our LDS LGBT brothers and sisters.

Mormon bishop says church responsible for gays’ emotional wounds

The way gays are treated and perceived by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an “atrocity,” an LDS bishop from Illinois told a group of gay Mormons Sunday.
“If you leave here not remembering what I have to say, remember this: I’m sorry,” Bishop Kevin Kloosterman said at an interfaith service held at the First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City.
Kloosterman spoke at the final event of a weekend-long seminar dedicated to exploring gay Mormon issues, titled Circling the Wagons. He said he recently became aware of LGBT issues and had a “mighty change of heart.”
Hundreds of gay Mormons, their friends, and their family will meet in Salt Lake City this weekend for a conference on gay issues called “Circling the Wagons.” Utah State University conducted polling on the experience of gay and lesbian Mormons and found some interesting results. Nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the 1,600 responded had tried to change their orientation and 86 percent said that church counseling that sought to end their same-sex attraction was not helpful, somewhat harmful, or severely harmful. The Mormon Church started to offer some acceptance of LGBT people last year, but still provides ex-gay therapy through church counseling.

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