This broke my heart.
It broke my heart at least partly because these students are all Mormon, and are less capable of questioning their religion than they are capable of questioning their peers or the gender roles proscribed to them, and partly because they faced such disapprobation at the hands of others that shared their faith.
I wish these kids would understand that they can have peace and help others without this religion, that produces homophobia as a matter of course to the point where 74% of gay students at BYU contemplate suicide. That’s… just disturbing. I wish it would result in a crisis of faith in these kids, but I’m willing to consider it a minor victory if these kids reconcile their faith with their gender identity.
It’s a good thing, of course, that there’s this group to help kids who are in the same situation. I have to pick my battles on this one. It’s better, in this case, that these kids support one another in realizing they have self-worth despite their religious teachings and the prejudices they face daily.
If you kids ever read this, and you ever find yourself backed into a corner where you need your religious cohorts or true supporters of your gender self-determination, come look one of us atheists up. Or, at least look me up. I promise I’ll try to help, without also trying to divest you of your religion. My contacts are on the right, in the Contact Me box.