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You Might Think You Know What This Mormon Woman Is Going To Say About Gay People, But Just Watch

This announcement isn't a complete 180 for the church. Mormon leaders aren't changing the church's doctrine. But! They *are* admitting that the way LGBT people have been treated and discriminated against because of the Bible is wrong. So while they aren't changing the word of God, they *are* formally and publicly saying: "Stop discriminating. Stop that right now."And that, my friends, is a really big deal.

You Might Think You Know What This Mormon Woman Is Going To Say About Gay People, But Just Watch
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The Mormon church, like many others, hasn't been known for a particularly warm and welcoming attitude toward the LGBTQ community.

But seeing a massive organization take even a small step forward by announcing support for LGBTQ nondiscrimination laws is always good news.


Baby steps.

At a rare press conference held on Jan. 27, 2015, to talk about the church's decision, Sister Neill Marriott of the church's Young Women program explained the LDS church's thought process.

Why they aren't changing the church's doctrine:

"The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints believes that sexual relations other than between a man and woman who are married are contrary to the laws of God, this doctrine and commandment comes from sacred scripture and we are not at liberty to change it."

How they're still making some very significant progress:

"God is loving and merciful. His heart reaches out to all His children equally and He expects us to treat one another with love and fairness. There's ample evidence in the life of Jesus Christ to to demonstrate that he stood firm for living the laws of God, yet reached out to those who had been marginalized, even though he was criticized for doing so.

Racial minorities, women, the elderly, people with physical or mental disabilities and those with unpopular occupations ... all found empathy from the Savior of mankind.

It's for this reason that the church is publicly favoring laws and ordinances that protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing and employment."




And what about people who say it's not enough?

But also, I can't wait for them to hit next-level progress:

Hari Kondabolu is right. Tolerance is a low bar for humanity.

In the spirit of praising progress wherever and however it's happening, let's cheer for the church's significant step toward tolerance today and hope acceptance and love aren't too far behind.

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Growing up in Virginia, Dominique Meeks Gombe idolized her family physician — a young Black woman who inspired Meeks Gombe to pursue her passion for chemistry.

While Meeks Gombe began her career working in an environmental chemistry lab, after observing multiple inefficient processes in and around the lab, she took the initiative to teach herself to code in order to automate and streamline those issues.

That sparked her love for coding and imminent career shift. Now a software engineer at Capital One, Meeks Gombe wants to be a similar role model to her childhood mentor and encourage girls to pursue any career they desire.

"I'm so passionate about technology because that's where the world is going," Meeks Gombe said. "All of today's problems will be solved using technology. So it's very important for me, as a Black woman, to be at the proverbial table with my unique perspective."

Since 2019, she and her fellow Capital One associates have partnered with the Capital One Coders program and Girls For A Change to teach coding fundamentals to middle school girls.

The nonprofit's mission is aimed at empowering Black girls in Central Virginia. The organization focuses on designing, leading, funding and implementing social change projects that tackle issues girls face in their own neighborhoods.

Girls For a Change is one of many local nonprofits that receive support from the Capital One Impact Initiative, which strives to close gaps in equity while helping people gain better access to economic and social opportunities. The initial $200 million, five-year national commitment aims to support growth in underserved communities as well as advance socioeconomic mobility.

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Often, parents of children with special needs struggle to find Halloween costumes that will accommodate medical equipment or provide a proper fit. And figuring out how to make one? Yikes.

There's good news; shopDisney has added new ensembles to their already impressive line of adaptive play costumes. And from 8/30 - 9/26, there's a 20% off sale for all costume and costume accessory orders of $75+ with code Spooky.

When looking for the right costume, kids with unique needs have a lot of extra factors to consider: wheelchair wheels get tangled up in too-long material, feeding tubes could get twisted the wrong way, and children with sensory processing disorders struggle with the wrong kind of fabric, seams, or tags. There are a lot of different obstacles that can come between a kid and the ability to wear the costume of their choice, which is why it's so awesome that more and more companies are recognizing the need for inclusive creations that make it easy for everyone to enjoy the magic of make-believe.

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From babies to adults and adaptive to the group, shopDisney's expansive variety of Halloween costumes and accessories are inclusive of all.

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This year has been tough for everyone, so when a child gets that look of unfettered joy that comes from finally getting to wear the costume of their dreams, it's extra rewarding. Don't wait until the last minute to start looking for the right ensemble!


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