LDS Church says LGBT members are ‘loved, valued and needed’

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In response to recent media inquiries about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ donations and support of community efforts related to suicide, bullying, and homelessness, the Church released the following statement:

“We remain committed to support community efforts throughout the world to prevent suicide, bullying, and homelessness. Every young person should feel loved and cared for in their families, their communities, and their congregations. We can come together, bringing our perspectives and beliefs, and make each community a safe place for all.

“God’s message is one of hope, and we want our LGBT brothers and sisters to know that they are loved, valued, and needed in His Church.

“So much good can be done when a community comes together to address important issues. We appreciate the sincere efforts of many who are trying to prevent suicide, bullying, and homelessness among vulnerable groups, including LGBT youth. We are grateful to be a part of the work to find solutions.”

The church earlier this month donated funds to Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends for its efforts to combat what they call a suicide epidemic among Mormon youth. Dan Reynolds, frontman of Imagine Dragons, also hopes to raise $1 million for LGBT youth suicide prevention efforts through the Love Loud music festival. Reynolds said he has been in contact with church leaders since the first festival last year.

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