Guidelines for Participation
You can participate in the Mormons Building Bridges Facebook group. Please read the entire guidelines for participation below and then click HERE to join the group.
IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW AND ABIDE BY THE GUIDELINES
In accordance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Mormons Building Bridges is primarily a community of faithful Latter-day Saints who are dedicated to conveying love and acceptance to all those who identify as LGBTQI and those who experience same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. To this end, the MBB community asserts that all our sisters and brothers are inherently worthy of love and belonging in our homes, congregations, and communities – no matter where their life path may take them – and we pursue specific initiatives to promote this message. We base our efforts on the testimonies of gay, transgender, and straight Latter-day Saints who all seek a Christ-centered life as their authentic selves. The Mormons Building Bridges community is not a movement built around a single leader but simply is a vehicle for thoughtful dialogue and innovation that is available to all LDS people as they approach the question of how to help LGBTQ/SSA people to thrive. Any Mormon who wants LGBTQI/SSA people to feel that they are loved and belong, is a Mormon building bridges.
- Heated debates – doctrinal or political – are not allowed. Posts and comments should encourage empathy and compassion around the intersection of the LDS church and the LGBTQIA/SSA experience. All participants are asked to speak from personal experience only and to not condemn others’ personal feelings, choices, beliefs, or experiences nor prescribe any particular life path for others. The MBB Facebook group is not an appropriate place to advocate for church boycotts, petitions, resignations or self-excommunications from the LDS Church.
- Please approach this conversation with a commitment to two basic guidelines: to be LGBTQ/SSA-affirming and LDS Church-affirming at the same time. This means no LDS Church bashing and no LGBT pathologizing (characterize as unhealthy or abnormal), while still maintaining space for thoughtful analysis of both the LDS Church and the LGBT experience/culture.
- Avoid generalizing statements like “we all know…” or “everyone tends to…” Try to empathize with one another by intentionally being curious and asking open and honest questions to better understand one another. Do not try to fix, save, persuade, debate, teach, counsel, challenge or change others.
- Though the group is “open” (anyone can see what is said on the group wall) do not share anything said by others in the group with anyone outside the group.
- Threats, vulgarities, sexually explicit, sexually harassing, coercive, demeaning, derogatory, foul language or mean spirited rhetoric will not be tolerated. Additionally, all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, intimidation, personal attacks, aspersions, or invasive name-calling are not allowed. MBB does not encourage “open opposition” to the church in policies or doctrine. Instead, MBB encourages dialogue and respect.
- Participants are asked not to explicitly campaign for or against or debate over same-sex marriage on the Facebook group, however, comments about same-sex marriage that are incidental to a personal story or feelings will be allowed.
- The MBB Facebook group is not a general interest group for all LDS/Mormon related topics. Announcements for topics, organizations, or events peripheral to the mission of this group (i.e. improving the relationship between the LDS and LGBTQI/SSA communities) will be removed. It is not an appropriate forum for promoting membership in other religions. Announcements or advertisements for for-profit businesses or petitions or fundraisers of any kind are not allowed.
Safety and privacy:
- Anyone suspected of engaging in behavior that puts other group participants at risk will be removed. Reports and allegations of abuse, particularly of children or adolescents, will be taken seriously by the group moderator and will be referred to proper local authorities. Participants found guilty by proper authorities of abuse of children are subject to immediate removal from the group.
Violation of guidelines:
- It is your responsibility to know and abide by the guidelines. If you violate the group guidelines, the moderators may comment or privately message you explaining why your behavior, post, or comment is out of compliance. The moderators may ask you to either rectify your behavior, edit or remove the post/comment or it will be removed for you. If a participant consistently violates the guidelines and/or demonstrates a clear disregard for the goals of the group, they will be removed. If you would like to discuss the guidelines for participation, please communicate directly with the moderators. If for any reason, a prospective participant or existing participant blocks the group moderator, that individual will not be added to the group or will be removed from the group.