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Rising Suicide Rate & Our LGBT+ Members Part 1

Rising Suicide Rate & Our LGBT+ Members Part 1

Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Dr. Daniel Parkinson, a psychiatrist who was raised Mormon and left the church partly due to being gay, and Thomas Montgomery, Mormon father of a gay son and husband to Wendy Montgomery who helped found the Mama Dragons. Both men recently collaborated on some articles they decided to publish on the same day, Utah’s Escalating Suicide Crisis and LDS LGBTQ Despair on Rational Faiths and Rejection and the Family on No More Strangers. They discuss the alarming increase in suicide rates in Utah — a trend that has been apparent since the Church’s involvement in Prop 8, increased focus on anti-gay rhetoric in talks over the pulpit and the “November 5th policy” which specifically calls out homosexual marriage as a sin worthy of excommunication going as far as disallowing children who reside in such marriages to participate in Mormon ordinances. Many from within church activity dismiss this type of “anecdotal evidence” stating that one can not blame the Church or any one reason for something as complicated as suicide. Both interviewer and interviewees challenge this type of thinking and call on leaders and members alike to take note and be alarmed at the harm that is being done to LGBT+ members across the age spectrum. With the April 2017 Ensign having yet another anti-LBGT article being published just this coming month… these types of podcasts sharing valuable information can be life-saving to many within our midst. Please listen.

 

097: Rising Suicide Rates & Our LGBT+ Members Part 1

EAST IDAHO NEWSMAKERS: MAMA DRAGONS DEBBIE GLENN AND LORI EMBREE

EAST IDAHO NEWSMAKERS: MAMA DRAGONS DEBBIE GLENN AND LORI EMBREE

Posted 3/12/2017 by East Idaho News http://www.eastidahonews.com/2017/03/east-idaho-newsmakers-mama-dragons-debbie-glenn-lori-embree/

Debbie recently visited east Idaho and sat down with Nate to talk about Tyler, the Mama Dragons and her membership in the LDS Church.

Debbie joined Lori Embree, a Rigby mother who has been a member of the Mama Dragons for years. Lori is a lifelong member of the LDS Church and has two children who are bisexual.

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Acceptance Speech at the 2016 Equality Utah Allies Dinner:

Acceptance Speech at the 2016 Equality Utah Allies Dinner:

Text of the acceptance speech at the 2016 Equality Utah Allies Dinner – By Neca Allgood

Thank you! We are humbled and overwhelmed by this recognition.
Mama Dragons, and our sibling organization the Dragon Dads, are relatively new groups. Long before we were taking our first tentative breaths of fire there were other parents who stood up for their gay kids. We want to give a special shout out to the parents of PFLAG, and to Mormon parents like Bill and Marge Bradshaw, Millie and Gary Watts, and Marsha and Clair Nielsen who, long before there were support groups on the internet, chose to love their gay kids.
We started about three years ago from a message thread created by Gina Crivello, who was searching for how she could support a LGBT student at her neighborhood high school.
In the last year alone we have grown from 450 members to 1000, and while that growth is wonderful, we would ultimately like to not exist at all. We look forward to the day when a kid coming out to their parents is as ordinary as them announcing they have a date to prom.
And while the Mama Dragons had great growth this year we have also had some tough losses. Suicide is the leading cause of death for young people in Utah. LGBTQ young people are at particular risk, and so we call on our fellow citizens and our state government to get serious about this REAL public health crisis.
Finally, we know we are not perfect parents. Fortunately, children don’t need perfect parents, they need good-enough parents.
Thanks to our kids for being patient with us as we work to become good-enough parents, working to create a good-enough state, a good-enough nation, and a good-enough world, so our kids, and every kid, can shine.

LDS mothers of LGBT+ called ‘Mama Dragons’ share stories of love

LDS mothers of LGBT+ called ‘Mama Dragons’ share stories of love

LDS mothers of LGBT+ called ‘Mama Dragons’ share stories of love

 by   – Kimberly Anderson presented her yearlong work, “The Mama Dragon Story Project,” at Writ & Vision, a bookstore in downtown Provo on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The project contains photos and essays written by women who refer to themselves as “Mama Dragons.”

“Mama Dragon” is the the name that LDS women who are mothers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other children gave themselves. The idea behind Mama Dragons is that they love and support their children no matter what, and they protect their children from those who may not demonstrate kindness or understanding.