“I asked him if he could please stand up in General Conference and at least tell parents not to kick their kids out, to love them as is…”
Diane is a mother of three. Her middle child Ross is gay. He came out at age 18. Diane held her sobbing gay son in a darkened kitchen as he poured out years of grief at the secret he had been carrying for 18 years and wondered how he would get to heaven without marrying.
In February of 2015 Diane posed a question to apostle Dallin H. Oaks, who was speaking at a women’s meeting associated with her LDS stake conference.
“I stood up and told him that gay Mormon kids are killing themselves and stalwart families are leaving the church over this. I asked him if he could please stand up in General Conference and at least tell parents not to kick their kids out, to love them as is, because people won’t listen until it comes over the pulpit at conference.”
In the October 2012 conference, Oaks addressed that concern.
“Young people struggling with any exceptional condition, including same-gender attraction, are particularly vulnerable and need loving understanding — not bullying or ostracism,” he said. “With the help of the Lord, we can repent and change and be more loving and helpful to children — our own and those around us.”
Diane is one of the founding members of the Mama Dragons. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Tom. They were married in the Oakland temple. Diane has worked at Children’s Hospital Oakland as a pediatric oncology nurse for 37 years.