I Was Wrong…
A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post and then a follow-up post in which I basically was airing my grievances with what I felt was insufficient support for LGBTQ issues on the part of Mormon celebrities. In the posts I specifically called out Steve Young and Marie Osmond.
Those posts were born of a frustration that I still have in that Mormons are largely unaware of many of the celebrities they look up to and respect that are supporters of LGBTQ rights and causes. While I feel that my frustration was, and still is, valid, I should not have called out Young and Osmond in the way that I did. It is not their responsibility to follow-up with all Mormons to make sure they are aware of what they are doing.
Since writing that post and receiving some pointed constructive criticism from people that I respect, I have been reflecting on whether or not I was actually in the wrong.
And I was.
In the case of Steve Young, even though I felt like the vast majority of his activism was done too much behind the scenes, I came to realize that I don’t really have the right to demand that he advocate in a way that I want him to. Additionally, my criticism undermined all of the great things he has done and continues to do for the LGBTQ community. That was not my intention, but it was definitely one of the consequences. My regret was solidified this morning as I read that he and his wife have a visible role in the upcoming LoveLoud Festival. This is obviously only one of the many things the Youngs are currently doing in support for the LGBTQ community.
For Marie Osmond, I still do not know what, if anything, she does to help this community, but it does not matter. Even if her support is done completely outside of the public eye, it is a good thing.
I do not know nor have I ever interacted with either celebrity. It was unfair to hurl such harsh judgments towards them under the circumstances.
I am still frustrated by the lack of awareness on the part of the average Mormon when it comes to them knowing who is advocating for LGBTQ causes and who is not and I always think we can do more. But everything we do, no matter how big or small should be applauded. One thing that has become abundantly clear to me since my original post is that people like Steve Young do help in huge ways and my way is not the only way.
I doubt Steve or Marie saw my original post, but, in the off chance they did, I hope they can accept my sincerest apologies.
Ryan McKnight has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from UNLV. He is a regulatory auditor for the government, an Adjunct Professor at the local Community College and the founder of MormonLeaks.io.