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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  
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In 2007, when the Soulforce Equality Ride, a Christian youth group that travels to Christian colleges to protest discrimination against glbtq students, made a stop at Brigham Young University, they were not allowed on campus, and several protesters were arrested.

Several films and plays have explored the subject of gays and the LDS Church, including most notably Tony Kushner's Angels in America, which opened on Broadway in 1993 and was made into a Mike Nichols film in 2003, and Latter Days, a 2004 film directed by C. Jay Cox. Both examine LDS culture through stories of love between Mormons and non-Mormons.

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Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons website:

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website:

Crapo, Richley H. "Mormon / LDS Chronology of Involvement in Same-Sex Marriage Politics." LDS (1997):

DeCaro, Frank. "Mormon Fuzzy." The Advocate (February 3, 2004): 50-52.

Johnson, Sonia. From Housewife to Heretic. New York: Doubleday, Wildfire Books, 1981.

Krakauer, Jon. Under The Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. New York: Doubleday, 2003.

"Latest Latter-day Saint." The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 11.5 (September-October 2004): 8.  

"The LDS Church and Transgender People." (2007):

"Mormon Equality Rider and Mother Arrested at BYU." Soulforce website (2007):

Neff, Lisa. "Mormons on a Mission." The Advocate (April 12, 2005): 50-57.

Quinn, D. Michael. . Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1996.

Restoration Church of Jesus Christ website:

Robinson, N. A. "The LDS Church & Homosexuality." ReligiousTolerance.Org (2007):

Schow, Ron, Wayne Schow, and Marybeth Raynes, eds. Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1991.


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    Author: Gianoulis, Tina  
    Entry Title: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2007  
    Date Last Updated November 29, 2008  
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