12 January 2015
Official Statement: The TLC Special and Valuing Our Shared Diversity and Commitment to Jesus Christ
The North Star community is made up of individuals and families around the world whose lives have been influenced by the complicated experience of same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. We are men and women with varied backgrounds and personal narratives. While diverse in experience, we are united by our faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to keep the covenants we have made as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This faith is the foundation from which we strive to love and support each member of the North Star community.
Recently, the stories of a few members of our community have been shared publicly on the TLC special “My Husband’s Not Gay.” We applaud the tremendous courage of these men and women who have opened their homes, their lives to the public. Their stories present a unique perspective that is a relevant and viable lifestyle choice for some individuals who experience same-sex attraction.
That said, marriage is a profoundly personal decision, and in no way should the stories of these men and women be interpreted as the ideal “solution” or “model” for all individuals in our community. As God’s sons and daughters, we have been given the sacred opportunity to commune with Him and receive personal revelation and instruction for our lives. We encourage each member of the community to seek out Heavenly Father’s guidance for your unique situation. As we incorporate His counsel and the teachings of gospel of Jesus Christ into our lives, we will find purpose, meaning, and peace—whether single or married.
North Star Executive Committee
Ty Mansfield, President
Dale Larsen, Vice President
Sarrah Groves, Vice President
Blaine Hickman, Vice President
Greg Harris, Vice President