Date: November 28, 2017 08:25PM
The Deseret News has happily trumpeted the achievements of Mormon church member and Pixar animator Emron Grover:https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865693070/BYU-animation-grad-Emron-Grover-is-the-digital-tailor-for-Pixars-Coco.html
But in a public Facebook post, Carol Lynn Pearson tells the rest of the tale--
"MEET ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL, CREATIVE, MARRIED GAY MEN THAT MY CHURCH HAS NO ROOM FOR. I love this great story in the Deseret News about the animator who designed the digital clothing for all the characters in the new hit movie, 'Coco.' When I reached Emron by email yesterday I found him in Bangkok about to do a presentation at a conference on the graphics in 'Coco.' I asked and received permission to share a different part of his story.
Emron and his husband and two adopted sons live in a Mormon ward in my stake and have loved their experience there. Their ward loves them and has showered them with tremendous warmth. A few years ago in a sacrament meeting, their two boys each received a name and a blessing. Emron, as a gay man in a relationship, could not perform the ordinances, but he stood beside his father and held the microphone while his father pronounced the blessings on his grandsons. Emron and his husband looked forward to raising their sons in the LDS Church.
But that changed two years ago with a new official church policy that barred children of gay parents from receiving church ordinances and automatically placed the parents in the category of 'apostate.' Emron ended his email to me with, '…haven’t been back to church in a while :( .' For a story like this one the 'sad face' symbol was invented. I have a sad face as I write this. What a loss for my church community. If we exist 'that we might have joy,' surely that means all of us. May it be so."https://www.facebook.com/clpauthor