Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation

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Mormons embrace the term "peculiar people" as a badge of honor. It represents pride in being God's people and therefore different from the rest of society. The term is equally applicable to gay Mormons who experience misunderstanding, guilt, and derision, often at the hands of fellow parishioners for whom discrimination is now a distant memory.

In Peculiar People, a wealth of resources chronicles the experiences of LDS homosexuals. Those who have chosen celibacy are occasionally...

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Salt Lake City, UT Paperback New 1560850469 Brand new softcover book! Never been read! ; AWARD FOR PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE, ASSOCIATION FOR MORMON LETTERSMormons embrace the ... term "peculiar people" as a badge of honor. To Latter-day Saints it represents their status as God's people, with reference to the pride of their ancestors in being different? the persecution early Mormons endured for defending polygamy, new prophecy, and the political Kingdom. The ironic reference to individuality and group consciousness is equally applicable to gay and lesbian Mormons who experience misunderstanding, guilt, and derision, often at the hands of fellow Mormons for whom discrimination is now a distant memory. In Peculiar People, a wealth of resources chronicles the successes and failures of contemporary LDS homosexuals. Those who have chosen celibacy are occasionally admitted into full church fellowship. Others, fearing censure and humiliation, conceal their orientation. But many, perhaps a majority, have decided that th Read more Show Less

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Mormons embrace the term "peculiar people" as a badge of honor. It represents pride in being God's people and therefore different from the rest of society. The term is equally applicable to gay Mormons who experience misunderstanding, guilt, and derision, often at the hands of fellow parishioners for whom discrimination is now a distant memory.

In Peculiar People, a wealth of resources chronicles the experiences of LDS homosexuals. Those who have chosen celibacy are occasionally admitted into full church fellowship. Others, fearing censure and humiliation, conceal their orientation. Many decide that they "will not go where they are not welcome" and drift away from the community that once nurtured them.

The church views same-sex intimacy as sin, though stops short of advising homosexuals to marry heterosexuals. For some time now church clerics, social workers, theologians, and sociologists have been engaged in debate about what place such people should occupy in the church community and what remedies or consolations should be offered them. To this discussion, Ron and Wayne Schow and Marybeth Raynes contribute their wide professional experience and bring a range of perspectives to this volume.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781560850465
  • Publisher: Signature Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1993
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2000

    A must read

    A very complete look at the issue of homosexuality in mormon culture. I enjoyed the varied points of view and the large amounts of reference material provied. Anyone personally dealing with or who knows someone who is dealing with the issue of being gay and LDS must read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Most Comprehensive Book on Gay Mormons

    This book serves as a compilation of the writings of several important viewpoints on Mormon homosexuality. From the former head of the University of Utah LDS Institute, to individual accounts from parents and church leaders, this book provides valuable guidance to people struggling with being gay and being Mormon. The perspective is non-offensive and very supportive of those who find themselves deciding to live as gay Mormons. It provides valuable advice to parents on how to relate to gay children. It is definately an important work in the canon of gay religious material.

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