I’m a Mormon who wants to build bridges with gays and lesbians, says NFL star Steve Young

The former professional football player spoke at a conference this weekend for gay and lesbian Mormons on how faith helped him in football and how he views the LGBT community

I’m a Mormon who wants to build bridges with gays and lesbians, says NFL star Steve Young
16 September 2013 Print This Article

Ex-NFL star Steve Young said he views gays and lesbians as his brothers and sisters.

The married father of four spoke this weekend at a presentation in Salt Lake City, Utah, to 400 people in attendance for the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.

According to the Affirmation website, the group serves to support ‘LGBT Mormons, their families, and allies by encouraging spirituality, providing information resources, and working for inclusiveness and equality’.

The former athlete spoke about how his faith helped him through his studies and his sports career, offering anecdotes of inspiration for the people in attendance.

‘[Faith is the] fundamental fuel for the human experience. If the experience is to return to our Heavenly Father, faith is the fuel from beginning to end,’ he said.

Football taught him to be faithful instead of fearful, Young added.

He concluded his presentation by saying: ‘I am a Mormon, and I want to build bridges of understanding with my gay brothers and sisters. I consider you my friends. Let’s seek to develop more love for each other wherever we can.’

According to the Associated Press, Young also introduced his wife, Barb, as an LGBT ally with a gay older brother who spoke out against California’s Proposition 8, the state’s measure banning equal marriage.

‘More and more people are opening their hearts every day,’ Barb said to the group.

‘You are teaching them about [gays] and Jesus and that his love is infinite.’

‘One of the most beautiful things about this church is that it can evolve. It may not go as fast as everyone wants, but it is evolving,’ she added.

Recent national debates about marriage equality in neighboring states have caused some LGBT-friendly Mormon groups in Utah to come forward to show their support.

This summer over 400 Mormon, also known as the Church of Latter Day Saints, joined tens of thousands of marchers at Salt Lake City’s gay pride .



No thumbnail available

Aussie actor Harry Cook comes out on YouTube

Nearly 35,000 people in less than 24 hours have watched a coming out video posted online by young Australian actor Harry Cook in which he says he had to come out as gay to be true to himself
No thumbnail available

Stonewall: We’ve come a long way but much more remains to be done in business arena

At its annual Workplace Conference, Stonewall’s chief executive, Ruth Hunt, said that the organization’s Workplace Equality Index will now include questions about transgender equality
No thumbnail available

California couples struggle to stay patient

Despite this week's Prop. 8 court decision, battle for gay marriage not over
No thumbnail available

Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson marries Justin Mikita

Over 200 guests attend the New York City wedding of Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita
No thumbnail available

A gay dad protects his kids from extremists who are targeting them

New hate book God Made Dad and Mom tells kids that those with gay parents aren’t natural or in God’s plan for the family
No thumbnail available

Court throws out China's first gay workplace discrimination suit

Plaintiff was outed in viral online video that 'affected the company's image'
No thumbnail available

Colorado gay civil union approved and heads for Senate vote

The Colorado Senate appropriations committee approved the gay civil union act, and now moves to the Senate for a vote
No thumbnail available

British Embassy proudly raises gay pride flag in Tel Aviv

To mark gay pride in Tel Aviv, the British Embassy is flying the gay pride flag to show their support
No thumbnail available

Barry Manilow's recent wedding to manager Garry Kief was 'freeing' for the singer

Close friend Suzanne Somers says: 'They’re married and really happy'
No thumbnail available

Rosie O'Donnell: Not even lesbians would cater their wedding with pizza

Former View co-host: If finances were tough, 'we might have a potluck, we have bring your own chili'