Here are some popular Google searches that pull up my blog as well as additional resources.
Annotated church membership records
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church, aka Mormons) “annotates” (places an “asterisk” on) membership records of gay members for various reasons one of which, purportedly, is to protect children from the gays. John Dehlin interviewed Benji Schwimmer about it here and there’s more about annotations of membership records here. If you want to watch full two-hour interview with Benji/John, you can find that here or click the image below.
Ty Mansfield’s blog
Ty Mansfield is a gay Mormon (married to a woman) who co-authored In Quiet Desperation. As far as I know, he deleted his personal blog. He writes frequently on the Northern Lights Blog and has a Facebook page and profile. He recently launched the Voice(s) of Hope video project and there’s also a book called Voice(s) of Hope.
Thomas S. Monson is a pedofile
I don’t think this is true… Thomas S. Monson, however, is the current president of the LDS Church. This search probably relates to the idea that Mormons are/were polygamists and married lots of young girls back in the day.
If same-sex marriage is legal then few babies will be born
Mathematically this doesn’t make any sense — providing rights for gay couples probably won’t change whether they’ll go out and have babies and it definitely won’t change whether straight couples have babies. If anything, legal protections will result in gay couples raising more children. This also sounds like the idea that if you “put all the gays on and island and they’ll all die out”. That may or may not be true, but at least you’ll move us some place awesome.
Bisexual LDS RM discussion boards, gay Mormon couples
I grouped these two popular searches together because it sounds like closeted gay Mormons looking for support groups or something along those lines. So… here are some support groups and resources for gay Mormons. The only one I participated in is North Star. The concept of North Star is unique and works for a lot of people — create a social network of gay Mormons who can support each other and create a community. The bad thing about it is there’s a lot going on behind the scenes (i.e., romance, exploration, etc.) that makes it a little volatile and is not the place for anyone who disagrees with the LDS Church’s stance on marriage equality.
- LDS Resources
- Gay Mormon Reconciliation
- Mormons for Marriage Equality
- Gay Mormon Forum
- The MoHo Directory
- North Star
Gay hangouts in Logan Utah, gay men in Logan Utah, gay clubs in Logan Utah
This is a little creepy, but there’s a blog out there with a geographic map of gay Mormons — MoHos (Mormon homosexuals) as they’ve been termed. One of the three people on the map listed their blog (http://agaymormonboy.blogspot.com) and email address (email@example.com).
Even more creepy is the new Facebook search feature. You can search for gay people in geographic locations. Here’s a search “men interested in men who go to Utah State University” and “men interested in men who live in Logan Utah“. From these searches you’ll find people like Vote USU and presumably straight men pictured with their wife in front of temples who like Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Donnie Osmond, and Mitt Romney (someone should probably tell this guy he should take a closer look at his profile, although Donnie Osmond makes sense). So, before you ask any of these guys out, just make sure their wives are okay with it. And hey, it’s not really creepy if Facebook enables you to use your stalker skills.
One place you’re sure to find gay people — Cafe Ibis. I’ve heard gay people get together every Sunday around noon and call it “church”. If there are no gay people there, you’ll at least get to listen to live music and enjoy a cup of awesome coffee. Or you can just people watch and check out the counter culture on Federal Avenue. There’s a great sandwich place there too: The Italian Place so if you don’t like coffee or counter culture, you can get a good sandwich.
And if you just want to know where the nice people are in Logan, Utah, check out this Facebook group or follow John Dehlin on Facebook — he posts regularly about gay issues and get togethers. Ironically, a lot of allies have left the LDS Church or have mixed views on LDS history. It’s hard to find “faithful” or “true believing” Mormons who are okay with the gay.
For those of you Googling things like “gay sex in Logan Utah” or “gay missionaries in Logan Utah”, there’s an app for that.
And unfortunately there are no gay clubs in Logan, Utah. However, there is a gay club listed on FourSquare named Jordan but Google street view pulls up an elementary school. Someone has a sense of humor.