not in Primary anymore

part 7: building up a queer zion

This blog post is the last section of a seven part essay called “Finding the Queer Christ in Mormonism.” 

(You can read the first section of this essay here, the second here, the third here, the fourth here, the fifth here, and the sixth here).

“We must fight for ourselves (no one else is going to do it) and if in that process we bring greater freedom to the world at large then great…Let’s make every space a Lesbian and Gay space. Every street a part of our sexual geography. A city of yearning and then total satisfaction. A city and a country where we can be safe and free and more.”

-Queer Nation Manifesto

 

“Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed.”

Apostle Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

“And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.”

-Moses 7:18

 

Some people believe that full acceptance of LGBTQIA folk is going to bring about the end of the world.

I hope they’re right.

When we live in a world where LGBTQIA youth are being disowned by their parents, bullied and harassed in schools, and led towards risky behaviors including suicide while their adult counterparts are being fired, evicted from their homes, denied full equality, raped and murdered–I hope that queer liberation is the end of this cissexist, heterosexist, patriarchal world we live in.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the Fall of the Patriarchy

I hope that queer liberation is the fire that burns down the Cis-Het Empire Babylon so that we can rebuild a New Queer Zion.

For me, Queer Liberation is the rock that’s been cut out of the mountain without hands, rolling down growing bigger and bigger until it smashes the metal man that is the Oppressive Patriarchy–the Patriarchy that screws over the femme, the poor, the queer, the non-monogamous, the disabled, the non-white, and so many other marginalized communities.

Queer Liberation makes us rethink love, gender, identity, relationships, freedom and families. It allows us to deconstruct the core of our culture and reconstruct something more inclusive and beautiful than we’ve ever had before.

Shall we not go on in so great a cause?

And what are we doing to move this cause forward? What are we doing to prepare our immediate communities for that moment when those that mourn shall be comforted and those that hunger and thirst for social justice shall be filled?

What are we doing to tear down the Oppressive Babylon we live in to build up that Queer Zion that we dream of?

What are we doing to prepare the world for the Second Coming of our Queer Christ?

My queer siblings, sisters, and brothers, I testify to the power of activism , of hope, of caring, of listening, of acceptance, of studying, of evaluating, of second guessing and criticizing oppressive systems, of reaching out to those who are victims of these systems, of hitting the streets and having these difficult conversations with others, and of the fight for a more inclusive world.

May the radical love of our Queer Christ guide us in every step of our lives. May we find that Queer Christ in the hearts of every queer person fighting for full inclusion in this messed-up world.

These things I leave with you in the name of our most holy, gender-bending, patriarchy-destroying, passionate, loving Savior(s), Amen/Awomen/Apeople.

 

Suggested Readings:

Queer Liberations Activist Connell O’Donovan who grew up Mormon shares his search for Zion.

Queer Activist and feminist Dani tells YMF about why continuing in the fight for freedom and love even against seemingly impossible odds is so important.

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