December 17, 2012
Facing some serious bad press, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has started to change its tune regarding homosexuals: Where the message used to be “Change or go to hell,” now it’s “stay with us.” At least that’s what Elder D. Todd Christofferson said when he launched a new website aimed at improving relations with LGBT Mormons. There are other examples of this apparent thawing: This year, students at Brigham Young recorded an It Gets Better video, and gay and straight Mormons took part in New York Pride in June. And over the weekend, NPR reported on the One Voice Choir, a Mormon chorus open to the LGBT community. The group is not officially affiliated with the LDS church in Utah.

Mormons have been making specific outreaches to the LGBT community, even though it still requires celibacy from LGBT Mormons.