I'm tired of "compassion" and "empathy" from well-meaning Mormons toward gays ("New Mormon church website has softer tone on gays," Tribune, Dec. 6). I'm tired of people trying to show love for me in my struggles and pains. I don't feel struggles and pains in being gay. I like my life.
I don't want solace. I want to be treated just like my straight friends. When a straight man yearns for love, we don't say, "Let me hold your hand while you endure this temptation that you mustn't act on. It must be very hard for you." No, we rejoice in his hopes for love and companionship.
I'm tired of Mormon "friends" wanting to share my (nonexistent) pains; share my joys. Life is happiness, love. None of that was in the report on the new Mormon gay website. Instead, there was loads of "compassion," "empathy," "understanding" a lot of pain.