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Same Gender Attraction (aka Same Sex Attraction) is not a mental illness. These terms are used to describribe an individual who is struggling with their sexual orientation. The Counseling Center offers a safe and confidential place for individuals who are looking for help with sexual orientation concerns.
"People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are" (Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71).
Let's assume you are the family member or friend of someone with same-gender attraction who comes to you for help. What do you say? What do you do?
I'd begin by recognizing the courage that brought your son, daughter, sibling, or friend to you. I'd recognize the trust that person has extended. Discussing the issue with someone of trust is a healthy first step to dealing with confusing feelings, and it is imperative that these first steps be met with compassion.
Next, if you are a parent of one with same-gender attraction, don't assume you are the reason for those feelings. No one, including the one struggling, should try to shoulder blame. Nor should anyone place blame on another-including God. Walk by faith, and help your loved one deal the best he or she can with this challenge.
In doing so, recognize that marriage is not an all-purpose solution. Same-gender attractions run deep, and trying to force a heterosexual relationship is not likely to change them. We are all thrilled when some who struggle with these feelings are able to marry, raise children, and achieve family happiness. But other attempts have resulted in broken hearts and broken homes.
(Excerpt taken from Jeffery R. Holland's ensign article entitled, "Helping Those Who Struggle with Same-Gender Attraction")
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Evergreen - "The SSA voice of faithful Latter-day Saints"
North Star is a place of community for Latter-day Saints dealing with issues surrounding homosexual attraction who desire to live in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the values and doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Elder Jeffry R. Holland - Ensign October 2007
"In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction" by Fred & Marilyn Matis
"Voices of Hope" by Ty Mansfield