(click on the headline-links to watch the recorded Gatherings)
An on-line survey was conducted in the fall of 2011, under the auspices of Utah State University, which yielded 1612 participants – LGBTQ Latter-day Saints (current and former members of the Church). Responses to the large number of questions produced a wealth of data regarding such topics as sexual identity development, religious identity development, interventions engaged in for the purpose of coping with or changing one’s sexual orientation, mental health outcomes, and religiosity and religious trajectories. Seven published papers reporting this work have now appeared in prominent academic journals, with others in preparation. This was a wide-ranging Online Gathering. Although many in the LDS/LGBT community were excited about their work, this was not just an event for fans. The participants submitted questions to the Doctors about their methods and about why they feel this is a valuable study.
Featuring North Star leadership Gregory Harris, Becky Mackintosh and Kyle Merkley. Topics included (but were not be limited to) North Star’s mission, the themes for this year’s North Star conference happening in Provo on March 18-19, 2016, expected messages from keynote speakers at the conference, and shifts in North Star messaging away from supporting sexual orientation change efforts. This Online Gathering was a great example of vigorous and respectful discussion with input from across the LDS LGBTQ/SSA community.