Barb and Steve Young Speak to LGBT Mormons

Even before he opened his mouth Steve Young spoke volumes with his very presence (and his speech was relevant and entertaining). However, Barb brought down the house. She was effusive. She was both well-prepared and spontaneous. She has projected herself into the upper echelons of admiration by LGBT Mormons for her outspoken love, support and passion.

Barb and Steve Young were keynote speakers at the Affirmation convention for LGBT Mormons held in SLC Sep 13-15. For more information about Affirmation see

Steve Young introduced by Carol Lynn Pearson:


Barb Young introduced by her husband Steve:


7 comments for “Barb and Steve Young Speak to LGBT Mormons

  1. ProTruth
    September 17, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I just want to share my testimony with everyone that I know this is True beyond a shadow of a doubt. I am so grateful for the leadership the Church and the LGBT Mormon community is showing the world on this matter. I hope they will find strength in this example. I love the new website, especially the video of the apostles, they are truly men of God and speak to the world His Truth. May all of His children come to know the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in His One True Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

  2. roostergirl
    September 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This was the most beautiful speech I have ever heard on this subject…thank you so much. I share so many of the childhood views shared–I, too, was confused when others looked down on mixed-race couples–I, too, thought it was wonderful to see the blending of us all…Black & white, brown & white, etc.–beautiful combinations of color! And the appearance of the resulting children were more amazing than us all…

    Additional confusion waited for me as teenager before the 1978 Revelation giving all worthy men the Priesthood–attempting to befriend young men and women of color in my high school classes, only to see that their knowledge of our church doctrine concerning their race put huge walls between us that I was not able to overcome. Were they not as good as the rest of us? Why were “us white folks” considered “better” or more worthy?

    Finally–the painful time I spent at a 2-year church college–attempting to learn and grow within my faith and religion–while also trying to comprehend the lack of Christ-like love shown when the campus security actively sent out their interns (many of them friends of mine) to entrap gay young men in the restrooms (many also friends of mine)–so they could make a big scene getting them removed from the school. I tried protesting this practice, but as a shy 19-year old girl from the mid west, had no credibility or voice. I do not know how widespread this practice was, or if it continues to occur in our church schools.

    To see couples like the Young’s come forward to stand up for those who are despised and regarded as “less than”, has reduced me to a puddle made from tears of happiness. Thank you thank you thank you.

  3. ProTruth
    September 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Please help me understand, I am so anxious to read this letter spoken at LDS Church services in Hawaii on Sunday September 15, right after the Youngs expressed the LDS Church support for the Mormon LGBT community. I want to follow the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What should I do? Should I call the politicians of Hawaii like they request and make sure that they include in the language of the legislation these prohibitions? I want to obey, but don’t know what to obey. I’m confused.

    What will others obey? Did the Youngs speak for the Church or themselves? I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the One True Church and is led by a prophet that speaks with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I will do as they tell me through their leaders, their will must be done. It is the straight and narrow way to our eternal exaltation. I am just a bit confused, what message do others here follow?

    • Daniel Parkinson
      September 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      There are a lot of reasons to stay in the church or leave the church. This blog is not about figuring that out, or about trying to promote one or the other choice for any particular gay person or family. Some will stay in the church…some will go. We support all of them.

      You have written here repeatedly pointing out all of your griefs with the church. Although I share many of these griefs, I repeat that we are here to help the LGBT teens who don’t have a choice in the matter. We are here to change the hearts of the people in the wards and communities where these teens reside.

      Can I please request that you not use this blog as a platform for convincing people how terrible the church is. There are plenty of places you can do that. Can you please respect our mission here which is to save the lives of our LGBT youth.

      We can not save their lives if we all leave. Whether I believe or not, I want my loving allies to stay right where they are…in the wards and stakes where they can be available to these vulnerable teens who so badly need them

      • ProTruth
        September 18, 2013 at 12:16 pm

        This is in the mission statement.

        “We are in different places in terms of our relationship with the LDS Church. Some of us are active in the Church and fiercely committed to our testimony and to the Gospel. Some of us wrestle with doubt and/or faith. Some are firmly post-Mormon, though concerned about the state of affairs in LGBT Mormondom. We bring with us expertise as teachers, scientists, writers, coaches, therapists, activists, theologians, and thinkers.”

        We should love all LGBT regardless of religious choices, those organizations that hate them are very damaging to all LGBT teens. Enabling is not the same as protecting, but perhaps you disagree.

        What will Barb Young do about all Hawaiians about to affected the LDS Church policy on homosexual marriage equality. 15 years and counting, first state to be targeted.

        Without a shadow of a doubt, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

        • Daniel Parkinson
          September 18, 2013 at 12:43 pm

          Listen to Barb Young’ speech. Note the part where she talks about how campaigned against Prop 8 and donated money to the NO on 8 campaign?

    • Daniel Parkinson
      September 18, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Meanwhile, it would be really helpful to discuss how people can support the church and also support gay marriage. Although the document released in Hawaii is troublesome, it never tells people directly that they can not support same-sex marriage. Our best bet is to encourage our allies to follow their conscience and ask what Christ would do. Barb Young is an amazing role model for this. If more people can take her approach then we can win this fight for equality.

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