12-year-old girl’s microphone cut off at Mormon church while coming out as lesbian in front of large audience
(Scroll down for video) A girl was humiliated in front of her entire church when her microphone was cut off and she was asked to sit down.
12-year-old Savannah of Salt Lake City, Utah, was speaking at her Mormon Church during a testimony meeting, in which members speak about their feelings of God and their religious teachings.
Savannah decided to use the opportunity to come out as gay. She prepared a speech on how God did not “mess up when he made her gay.”
Towards the end of her speech, church leaders decided to turn her microphone off and they ordered her to sit down. However, one of the participants who recorded the speech, asked Savannah to finish her speech on camera.
The video of the incident and the entire interactions were uploaded to YouTube by NewNameNoah.
After she left the stage, a church leader stood up and said:
“Brothers and sisters. I ask you to recognize that we are all children of God, and we are loved by our Heavenly father.
“I have no doubt that our Heavenly father has made us all unique in different ways and for that I am grateful for all of you that are here today as sons and daughters of God. I’m grateful for Heavenly Father's plans for us.”
Savannah said in her speech: “I believe I was made the way I am, all parts of me, by my heavenly parents. They did not mess up when they gave me brown eyes or when I was born bald.
“They did not mess up when they gave me freckles or when they made me to be gay. God loves me just this way, because I believe that he loves all his creations. I do believe he made me this way on purpose.
“No part of me is a mistake. I do not choose to be this way, and it is not a fad. I cannot make someone else gay and being around me won't make anyone else this way.
“I believe that God wants us to treat each other with kindness, even if people are different. Especially if they are different.
“I know I'm not a horrible sinner for being who I am. I believe God would tell me if I was wrong. I hope someday to go on dates, go to school dances, to hold hands, and to go off to college. I hope to find a partner and have a great job. I hope to get married and have a family.
“I believe that if God is there, he knows I'm perfect, just the way I am and would never ask me to live my life alone or with someone I'm not attracted to. I want to love myself and not feel shame for being me.”
After leaving the stage she read the rest of her speech: “I ask that you all pay close attention to what you say, you never know who is listening. I had dreams of going to temple and getting married, and I was very sad when I found out that would never happen for me.
“Today, I choose to find my joy outside of my old dreams from when I was little. I have new dreams, and I know my earthly parents and my heavenly parents love and accept me just the way I am.”