So the big topic of the week was the SLC Gay Pride Parade, which happened last Sunday. The big news-line was a group of 300 active LDS members that chose to skip church and march in the parade. Outerblogness this week was full of accounts of the parade, as well as photos. There was also a fun poem about Jesus in drag.
As you can imagine, this has left a lot of people with mixed feelings. For some, this has helped heal, for others, there were reservations concerning the motivations of LDS Inc. Some people attended the Parade, others did not. As Alan pointed out in a guest post earlier this week, there was no mention of political causes such as marriage equality. Although some members are in support of marriage equality, although not always for the reasons you would think. All of this controversy has led to a discussion of what it takes to create safe online zones in Mormon blogs.
In a similar vein, my Facebook feed this week portrayed a viral story of a mixed-orientation marriage that works. (Most of my childhood friends are still TBM and have followed the advice of promoting the Church using social media) But as others point out, this approach is a risky one and could end up hurting more than it helps.
In other news, there was discussion of the military mom breast-feeding controversy, musings on what Mormons want, voter controversy in California, the advantages of community, acceptance of the fact that children may not choose the same path as you, and conflicts in church rules that prevent members from doing the right thing, as well as a discussion about the age at which people started questioning. There was also a post about the empowerment of buying a car at a woman-owned dealership. Here is a fun activity to do with your Mormon mom!
In fiction news, there is a serialized fiction story of Pioneer Trek. And Donnas book The Girls of Fourth Ward is now on e-book; this post-mormon girl read the book Friday night and found it to be a firm tongue-in-cheek satire.
And a big shout-out to chanson, who works harder than any of us realize.