Who says there's no good news? There is great stuff going on with gays and Mormons in Utah.
Mormons Building Bridges blew people's minds when 300 active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marched in Salt Lake City's Gay Pride parade this year.
Now there are 2,000 members. They're joining with Ogden OUTreach to help homeless gay LDS youth.
OUTreach Director Marian Edmonds figures half the estimated 1,000 homeless youths in Utah are gay, driven from their homes. She sees about one a week, and their stories break her heart.
"I had this young man who's really ... he looks kinda queer," she said, meaning somewhat effeminate.
"He can't pass. Some can walk down the street and you can't tell, but this guy, he can't pass. His family just hates that. They hate that he seems feminine. They hate that.
"They would tell him 'Straighten up! Straighten up!' and he'd try. Then, one day, they told him, 'Get out of here, put some stuff in a backpack and be gone by morning.'
"So he showed up at OUTreach. He had a little suitcase with him, and he was just stunned and shell- shocked. He said, 'I don't know what to do, I don't know where to go.' "
She gave him food and supplies but was frustrated at how little else she could do.
"He showed up a week later, saying he'd been assaulted at a friend's house, and he was going to find another friend, and I haven't heard from him since."
Marian decide to find LDS homes where kids like that could go.
Erika Munson, one of the founders, believes Mormons are ready to publicly accept gays.
It started with Proposition 8, the California marriage amendment. Gays were offended by it. Mormons who disagreed with it felt bad for staying silent.
"Enough time has gone by that the gay people that were so enraged are at a place where they are willing to listen to a Mormon talk," she said.
"The Mormons are feeling like, 'I really want to love gay people, not hate gay people. If someone will just give me permission to love people and stay in the church, I'll feel good about it.' "
MBB wants to work with Marian "because teen homelessness and teen suicide are such a sad component of the gay experience within the LDS Church," Erika said. "If there's something we can do to mitigate it, we want to."
Plans are still preliminary. They need money to hire a caseworker and set up a formal program.
"We want to make sure from (Marian's) end that it's well-organized, safe, best practices, vetted -- all that stuff," Erika said.
MBB wants to work within the church to find families having trouble with gay children and head off the problem. This fits in with MBB's plans for next year's Pride Parade.
"We want families with gay individuals to march in support of their family member," she said. "There are a lot of families that have been torn apart by this, parents who thought that, if their children came out to them, they had to kick them out.
"We want to make it clear that is not church policy. We are doing our thing, and we are using the values of our religion and the teachings of Jesus to do our thing."
Erika doesn't give out her phone number, but anyone who wants to help, or join MBB, can contact her at email@example.com. MBB is on Facebook.
You can call Marian at Ogden OUTreach, 801-686-4528.