Virtual Oases XX
- In a previous post, I invited people to write in with their stories about how having a gay loved one affects LDS families. Here’s one such story: Ana, guest-posting at FMH, writes about her brother’s coming out, his suicide attempt, and the stretching of her own soul: “As for me, most often I feel like I am straddling a great crevasse, one that sometimes seems to be widening. On occasions I have felt better standing with both feet on the church side of that crack, trying to reach across. That’s a more secure and comfortable place to be. But it doesn’t always feel right to me. Family is family.”
- Stephen/Ethesis has written a great deal on his blog about the experience of losing three daughters in five years. I recently came across this beautiful 2002 women’s conference talk by his wife, Win. She doesn’t sugar-coat the experience of grief and adversity; she does speak of faith in moving terms.
- Kristen Cox: LDS woman, BYU grad, legally-blind advocate for the disabled — and candidate for Lt. Governer of Maryland.
- And because it was an interesting article . . . Deborah Tannen in the NY Times: In the face of public groping and sexual harrassment, Greek women tend to fight back: “Whatever the reasons for them, the different ways of responding to public molestation led to different emotional reactions. Though many of the Greek women reported feeling anger and fear, they didn’t talk about feeling helpless.”