Date: August 04, 2019 05:23AM
I rarely watch tv, but the other night I did and came across a Dutch show where the host (a lesbian) travels the world to explore what it's like to be gay in different parts of the world.
She was in Utah... commenting on the high suicide rate amongst young gays in the state. She tried to film an interview of a young photographer in front of the SLC temple. ..
Lo and behold..church security showed up really quick and told them to stop filming...
I was quite shocked at the attitude of those guys.. they were far from friendly. Threatening was be a more accurate description.. asking them for I.D. and ordering them to stop filming..
Next segment: A diner and a young woman who apparently is the face of the church in an anti gay campagne.. she is lesbian but claims God made her this way on purpose and it is her test in this life to overcome those feelings... Saying how she struggles every day with feeling lonely and longing for love, but she won't act on it because that's a sin...and she is perfectly happy and loves god and the church.... (huh??)
Then in march two missionaries... (I had forgotten how young those boys are!!) and they start giving the whole crew books of mormon... the tv show host asks them where it says in the book about the gays and none of them could point it out!!!
They also tried to talk to someone about the gay treatment centre but were stonewalled pretty harsly. Nobody was going to say anything, and they could not get near the facility with camera's..
I"ve been out of the church for 25 years.
I have been to Utah twice in my life.. (I live in the Netherlands)
I was pleased to see this exposure on tv, right after an item about being gay in China, and 2 days before the Pride Amsterdam event.
I can't quite shake the shock of it at the same time though. The attitudes, the mannerisms, the language.. and mostly the threatening demeaner of those security guys...