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The Church has now posted a set of localized materials to their Mormon & Gay resource site. The materials translate the notice which was originally sent to local Church leadership in English-speaking areas of the Church; the Frequently Asked Questions section of the site; the Church Teachings section of the site; and the Same-sex Attraction gospel topics essay.
Additionally, a password-protected ministering resource is currently available for a sub-set of those languages: 中文, English, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, 日本語, 한국어, Português, Русский, and Español.
I’m disappointed that the resource is buried in a PDF on the English site. There is no indication that the notices—now having been translated into 30+ languages—have been sent to leaders who speak these languages. And a casual perusal of language-specific search results leads me to believe that these resources are still not available to members who rely on these sites.
So what we have is a resource that English-speaking members can send to their friends who speak these other languages—or that members who speak these other languages (with insider knowledge) can share with their compatriots. We don’t have resources that a French-speaking teen or a Spanish-speaking father will find in their desperate search for answers.
I don’t imagine that will change unless and until the entirety of the Mormon & Gay website is localized. Until then, non-English-speaking Saints will have to make-do.
Be a savior on Mount Zion: share these resources with Church members you know who speak these languages.
To my progressive friends: this isn’t what we’re all praying for—but for the 14-year-old in Colonia Juarez, it could be a life-saver… for the family in Côte d’Ivoire, it could be a game-changer.