Boyd Packer has damaged ALL Utah families
Most of the reaction to Weber State University’s decision to name their Center for Family and Community Education after Boyd Packer has been about how offensive this is to the GLBT community here. The more I think about it, however, the more I realize how much harm he has done over the years to all the families in Utah. Because of his words, faithful Mormon families believed they should reject their GLBT family members. As a result, Mormons who realize they are gay have left the church, left the state, and too often committed suicide. Almost nothing is more traumatic to a family than a suicide, particularly when it is a young person.
Virtually every Mormon has gay relatives. With one of the highest birth rates in the country, and many families having 5 or more children, the odds are great that every LDS person will have at least one child or one sibling who identifies as GLBT. Then there are all the aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins who families have ostracized because of Packer’s words.
To lift him up as someone who has supported families is just wrong.
Sign the petition below to have Weber State reconsider this decision. There is also a link to a news article about this.
- Gay is Great! 6/2/2013 (theresauuco.wordpress.com)