I have a few friends who belong to the North Star - and other related - Facebook groups. I have also stalked these pages a time or two. Which means, I'll get sponsored ads on my feed from said groups. Recently, I've seen ads for the Reconciling Faith and Feelings Conference in Utah. Apparently, it's this weekend. (And goes from 9am to 6pm. Sheesh. What a waste of a Saturday.) But one thing stood out to me. The people in the flyer (or is it flier?) are so.... pretty. Young, attractive, clean-cut, good-looking men and women. (And then there are a few old dudes tossed in just for grins.) Here is the flyer in question:
I'm not going to assume this is the actual demographic that will attend the conference, but I will assume the following. (This is where the humor part comes in, please bear with me.) :-)
I assume this is how the meeting between the Faith & Feelings Committee and graphic designer went:
Member of committee: Ok, let's build a flyer for this thing so we can get tons of people to come!
The key word is -- PRETTY! Use one of the cute girls as the spotlight, because we gotta get these single gay guys attracted to the ladies!
Make sure everyone looks so happy (especially the wives), despite all their "struggles."
Go ahead and put in David Mathe$on so he can $$promote$$ hi$ Center for Gender Wholene$$, and while you're at it, to$$ in a couple other therapi$t$ a$ well.
Make sure everyone is against gay marriage. (Sorry Josh Weed, guess you didn't make the cut.)
Don't forget Ty Mansfield, because he just screams pretty.
Just remember: stick with the "pretty" and "happy" theme.
Perfect teeth is vital.
And with whatever space you have left, add the old dudes.
Pop in Moroni and you're done!
Yep. That's exactly how that meeting went. :)
My attempt at being funny is just a sidetrack from a future serious post of how groups and meetings like these are damaging to gay Mormon youth and men/women. This is NOT an assumption. I know this thanks to all the private conversations I've had with other gay Mormons who are afraid or not ready to be that voice. The future post is still being written in my head.
In the mean time, I kinda wish I could attend the conference just for all the eye candy. ;)
And a special shout out to the flyer dude two to the right of (Gay) Mormon Guy: If you ever change your mind: