Final Dixie Forum host presentation on Mormon parents with gay children

ST. GEORGE – Dixie State College of Utah’s weekly “Dixie Forum: A Window on the World” convocation wraps up a successful 2011-12 academic year on Tuesday, April 24, with presentation by Gary and Millie Watts, former co-chairs of Family Fellowship, a support group primarily for LDS parents with gay and lesbian children.

The couple’s presentation, “The Long and Winding Road,” tells their story as a devout and united LDS family with two homosexual children. The Watts are both fifth generation Mormons who were raised in Cache Valley and married in the LDS temple in 1962. They lived the quintessential Mormon dream until 1989 when their eldest son told them he was gay. He was one of six children, a recently returned missionary and the former student body president of his high school. His revelation came as a complete surprise to both parents. The news started the entire Watts family on a journey of discovery and understanding that continues today.

They will tell their story and share a DVD of their son’s discovery of his same sex attractions and his honest response.

Six years after their son’s revelation, their fifth child, a daughter, also came out as lesbian. Through it all, the family has stayed united and has been actively involved in sharing their story in hopes of creating a better and more just world for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered individuals.

The Watts served together as co-chairs of Family Fellowship for 13 years. The Family Fellowship was founded nearly 20 years ago as a volunteer service organization with a diverse collection of Mormon families engaged in the cause of strengthening families with homosexual members.

The Forum will begin at noon, in the Dunford Auditorium of the Browning Resource Center on the DSC campus. Admission is free for all community members, DSC students, and faculty and staff.

For further information on DSC’s Dixie Forum series, please contact DSC Forum advisor Professor Marius van der Merwe at 435-652-7924 or at [email protected].

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  • carolyn April 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    You do know, don’t you, that Family Fellowship does not promote Church teachings of family and marriage? Their comments are to be taken lightly. There are many parents of “gay” children and many “gay” members who do not agree with this group.

  • Not a Mormon April 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Loving your kids no matter what because they’re people isn’t a “church” teaching? I thought we were supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves, and are to always be on the lookout for who is our neighbor? If the moron church is against those things, I’m yet again, glad I’m not a member.

  • David April 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Of course you should love your children! In fact, followers of Christ love everyone. The point carolyn seemed to be making was Gary and Millie Watts are not “devout” Latter-day Saints. They are I am sure loving parents. When you say you are a “devout Mormon” it suggests that you are a worthy member of the LDS Church who support the teachings and standards. I am sure they would agree that they no longer would be considered such and those who listen to their message nedd to know they are speaking for themselves and no way represent church standards.

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