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Watch: Mormon Official Cuts Off 12-Year-Old Girl as She Comes Out in Church

Monday Jun 19, 2017

A brave 12-year-old girl attempted to come out as gay in front of her Mormon church community last month but was cut off by a church official, The Huffington Post reports.

Savannah delivered a moving and personal speech, saying she identifies as lesbian and believes God made her that way. Unfortunately, she wasn't able to get through her entire message because she was interrupted.

In a video, Savannah is heard saying:

"God loves me just this way, because I believe that he loves all his creations... I do believe he made me this way on purpose. No part of me is a mistake. I do not choose to be this way, and it is not a fad. I cannot make someone else gay and being around me won't make anyone else this way. I believe that God wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different."

Eventually, a church official asks the young girl to "sit down," which she does. After some back-and-forth with another church official, a man gets up and addresses the congregation.

"Brothers and sisters, I ask you to recognize that we are all children of God, we are loved by our Heavenly Father," he says. "And I have no doubt that Heavenly Father has made us all unique in different ways and for that I am grateful."

Savannah's mother Heather spoke with HuffPo, explaining her daughter first came out in 2016, telling her she "felt alone in her thoughts, that the other girls all had crushes on boys but she didn't, she liked girls." She responded by telling Savannah she loved her and she's perfect.

Heather said her daughter wanted to share her story in front of her church since January and let other possibly closeted churchgoers know she was a friend to them. Commenting on Savannah's speech, Heather told HuffPo:

"She is brave and courageous. I would have been terrified to get up and say something so close to my heart for fear of what people think. I'm proud of her, even now, she doesn't want any of this to be about her, she wants it to be about protecting other LGBT kids. She wants her story told so that this doesn't happen to other kids. She said she is both happy and sad about the whole thing. Happy because she 'feels free' happy because part of me can look at her as a gay person, and see she's no different than anyone else. She's sad because she was going to share a story where the church accepted her with no question."

Last October, the Mormon Church told gay and lesbian members in a new website that attraction to people of the same-sex isn't a sin but said acting on those feelings by having se violates the church's beliefs and that will not change.

Watch Savannah's video below.


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