Barb and Steve Young speak to LGBT Mormons

Sep 15, 13 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 fine 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 Affirmation.org

Steve Young introduced by Carol Lynn Pearson:

Barb Young introduced by her husband Steve:

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Born and raised in Northern California, Paul received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in Spanish, minor in PE Coaching. Paul served his LDS mission during the years 94-96 in Rosario, Argentina. He now runs a skate shop in Provo, UT. He's married and has 4 boys. He is currently inbetween callings ;).

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  1. Steve Young says “gay” once. At the end. Very disappointing.

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    • Michael /

      I have to say Barb outshined Steve on this one for sure.
      But I am not as cynical about Steve’s talk. I think it is
      significant that he would even appear to speak, since he is such a
      high-profile Mormon. I wondered if his stories about throwing
      blindly weren’t applicable to that very moment – where he may not
      even be that comfortable speaking to this particular audience, but
      he is trying to make a positive contribution anyway.

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    • Ryan – C’mon, he is one of the biggest names in Mormondom. Just his support and his presence speaks volumes. He is a hero to every BYU football fan and to every football fan in gerenal. He is VERY visible in the public eye both in and out of the church. Because of his presence many people will read and listen to the message and rethink their position on homosexuals. “Very disappointing” I think is a pretty harsh judgement.

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  2. It’s emotion over truth. Does she cry happy tears when the love between a married man and some other woman triumphs over his wedding vows? Or when an unmarried couple’s feelings prevail over the law of chastity?

    I sympathize with the challenge it is to be an active obedient gay Mormon and the staggering sacrifice involved, but emotions do no nullify commandments from God.

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  3. Paul Barker:
    I’m sure she rejoices when all people are able to share their love.

    And if Steve finds love with some other woman, do you think she’ll rejoice over that too, or if one of her kids breaks the law of chastity?

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  4. Entering a gay marriage is every bit as immoral as sex outside of marriage is.

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  5. EOR:
    Ugh.What an abhorrent comment.

    If you can provide sound reasons to dispute the truth of it, please do. I’ll listen.

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  6. ProTeuth /

    P.A.:
    First, this is a conversation I’m having with fellow Mormons.

    Third, a person becomes a Mormon when they are baptized into the church and we keep as good a count of it as we can.They don’t stop being a member of the Church just because they are not in the pew on Sunday morning.The church is growing quite well, building new chapels and temples all the time because they are needed.

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    If I am am one of the 14.7 million shouldn’t I be allowed to comment, as soon as Mormons start subtracting members that don’t want to be members from their count then we can have that conversation, but I’m one of the 14.7 million!

    There are comments from an Elder’s Quorum President about how the Mormon church required him to operate when accounting for people who were on his membership roles and didnt want to be Mormon. He commented on the Mexican census link I provided. He was not allowed to tell them how to remove their names when they told him they returned to Catholicism or that they did not believe in Mormonism and wanted nothing to do with them.

    The point of the example was to try and find something you can recognize as a deception from the leaders of the Church. If you refuse to recognize that the Church misleads about its’ membership count with over 2 million people rejecting Mormonism in Mexico and Beazil it shows your commitment to deception. It is not a good moral quality and should be considered as serious a sin as you consider homosexual sex. Bearing false witness is in the 10 commandments, homosexual sex is not.

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    • Failing to check a box on census form doesn’t revoke your membership, nothing dishonest about that.

      If you want out, go put it in writing and send it to your Bishop, it’s that easy, and it is no secret. I bet you already know that though. You want to have a stick to beat on the church with. Go ahead, wear yourself out. We’ll move on without even noticing your tempter tantrums. Ten years from now you’ll be saying the same thing, except you be saying it’s ‘only’ 10 million, not the 25.6 million they report in Gen Conf.

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  7. First, this is a conversation I’m having with fellow Mormons.

    Second, saying a particular action is immoral isn’t bigotry, it is a moral standard. If you disagree with it fine, but it is only about an act, not a person.

    Third, a person becomes a Mormon when they are baptized into the church and we keep as good a count of it as we can. They don’t stop being a member of the Church just because they are not in the pew on Sunday morning. The church is growing quite well, building new chapels and temples all the time because they are needed.

    Fourth, name calling and off-topic false accusation are along way off from being sound reasoning.

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  8. I’m sure that adulterers feel the same emotions for each other that are felt between a husband and wife in a good marriage. That doesn’t make adultery moral though. Emotion doesn’t create morality and just because you want something doesn’t mean you have a civil right have it. As I said before, all this is is putting emotion ahead of truth.

    I reject the notions that gay marriage is a civil right, that idea was invented out of the clear blue sky and in fact it runs afoul of freedom of religion which is a basic human right.

    Bigotry is assuming that a certain type of person is inherently inferior and I’m not doing that. Everybody is a sinner. I’m rejecting ideas I consider false and holding as best I can to standards I consider true. I ask very nicely if somebody can give me sound reasons to change my mind and you throw at me is a lot of personal hate and anger, name calling etc.

    You are the one displaying bigotry, bigotry towards Mormons or anybody else who disagrees with your ideas. Another case of when you point a finger there are 3 pointing back at you.

    It seems clear to me that you have nothing productive to contribute to this. Have a good day.

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