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A collection of RadioWest conversations about LDS history, faith, and culture.

LGBT Suicide and the LDS Church

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Last week, an advocacy group made headlines when they said there’s been a startling increase in suicides among LGBT Mormon youth. They blamed LDS Church policy which labels members in same-sex marriages as apostates. It’s hard to get a line on those statistics though, and while the anecdotal numbers are problematic, they still raise serious concerns. Tuesday, we’re asking what we know about depression and suicide in gay Mormons and whether the Church’s vocal stance contributes to that risk.

If you need help:

  • LGBT Youth Crisis & Support Lifeline, The Trevor Project
    www.thetrevorproject.org
    Trevor Lifeline: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
  • Utah Pride Empathy Line 
    1-800-GO-PRIDE 
    24 hours a day 
  • SafeUT App
    Call Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
    The SafeUT Mobile App is available in the Apple and Google Play stores by searching “P3 Tips” and selecting “SafeUT.”
  • Utah Suicide Hotline
    Valley Mental Health
    Crisis Line, 24 hours / 7 days
    (801) 261-1442
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, www.afsp.org
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.