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    This website is an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on same-sex attraction.

    What is the purpose of this website?

    This site does not offer a comprehensive explanation of everything related to same-sex attraction, but it does reflect the feelings of Church leaders as to how we should treat each other as part of the human family. The site offers a place where the people whose lives are impacted by attraction to the same sex can find inspiration to work through difficult challenges while remaining faithful to Church teachings.

    Why does the site use the term same-sex attraction?

    Same-sex attraction refers to emotional, physical, romantic, or sexual attraction to a person of the same gender. People who experience same-sex attraction may or may not choose to use a sexual orientation label to describe themselves. Either way, same-sex attraction is a technical term describing the experience without imposing a label. This website uses this term to be inclusive of people who are not comfortable using a label, not to deny the existence of a gay, lesbian, or bisexual identity.

    The most common labels are lesbian (a woman attracted to women), gay (a man attracted to men), and bisexual (a man or woman attracted to both genders). Some women may also use the term gay to describe themselves. People may use other labels, and some who experience same-sex attraction choose not to use a label to describe themselves. How people choose to identify may change over time.

    Why does the website not discuss gender dysphoria or transgender issues?

    Many of the general principles shared on this website (for example, the importance of inclusion and kindness) apply to Latter-day Saints who experience gender dysphoria or identify as transgender. However, same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria are very different. For example, those who experience gender dysphoria may or may not also experience same-sex attraction, and the majority of those who experience same-sex attraction do not desire to change their gender. From a psychological and ministerial perspective, the two are different.

    For information see “Transgender” in Life Help, churchofJesusChrist.org.

    What resources are available in other languages?

    Spanish and Portuguese versions of this website will be available here soon. Translations of selected information about same-sex attraction are available in 37 languages. See links in this PDF.