Welcome to North Star
The purpose of North Star is to be a spiritually uplifting resource for individuals and families dealing with these complex issues. It is also to empower individuals to help educate themselves, their family, friends, and Church leaders as they strive to become integrated more fully and lovingly into the Church community.
We hope you will find something here that will be meaningful for your life—that it will be a place where you can connect with others, share your experiences, and learn from the experiences of others. The resources provided here are intended to be spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and socially supportive. You are not alone in your desire to find balance, knowledge, and support.
“We hope you will find something here that will be meaningful for your life—that it will be a place where you can connect with others, share your experiences, and learn from others. “
Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and the LDS Church
Homosexuality and gender dysphoria (i.e. transgender feelings) are sensitive and complex issues that Church members and leaders alike are learning to face with increasing openness and candor. Few issues are proving to be as difficult to understand and as difficult to respond to.
We at North Star believe God would have us respond by balancing heartfelt compassion, unfeigned love, emotional sensitivity, and open-mindedness with an uncompromising devotion to eternal principles and to our eternal identities and potential as His sons and daughters.
In a world where the stories of those striving to live gospel standards become lost in the turbulent sea of sexual and gender politics—scientific, social, and religious—and where secular perception is such that if you experience homosexual attraction, the only apparent way to live true to who you are is to pursue lifestyle paths inconsistent with the doctrines and teachings of the Church, we at North Star claim positive and balanced alternatives.
For those who experience gender dysphoria, we know that it is possible to live your life in harmony in the gospel as you manage your dysphoria. We support and promote the choice to live in harmony with the gospel of Jesus Christ concerning the eternal nature of gender, sexual expression, marriage, and family.
And yet, we are a diverse group.
Our stories are individual and unique. We represent many ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Aside from our efforts to live the gospel and apply the atonement of Jesus Christ in our lives, we come from different places and perspectives concerning homosexuality and gender dysphoria.
For some, sexuality and gender identity are largely a non-issue; others still struggle to find resolution. Some have never acted on their attractions or been involved in same-sex relationships; others have left the Church at one point and have since returned or are returning. Some are married; others are single.
Some choose to self-identify as gay or lesbian or transgender; others don’t.
Despite our differences, we feel united in our faith and commitment to live true to the commandments of the Lord. Wherever you fall in this spectrum of experience or in your journey on the path of discipleship, you’ll find a safe place here.
Welcome to North Star.
Who We Are
North Star is a grass-roots, peer-led, and community-driven organization. We are successful because of the efforts of many individuals who contribute their time, talents, and hearts to its mission.
Help for You
Explore our “Help for You” sections. There is great information to be found in each. We hope that you will dig around and find the resources that best support your situation.
We sponsor a variety of discussion groups, via email and Facebook, intended to provide a moderated forum where you can post and read messages of support, compassion, and encouragement.