Thursday, October 01, 2009

LDS Church-owned Deseret News pulls ad for gay suicide memorial

Above is the most recent ad that the LDS Church-owned Deseret News won't run. It is a memorial service presented by the Foundation for Reconciliation. The memorial, "From Despair to Hope," honors lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) suicide victims as well as "those who have successfully overcome conflicts involving their sexual orientation and the LDS Church." The memorial will be held this Sunday October 4th at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 569 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake Tribune reports:
MediaOne, which handles advertising for both the News and The Salt Lake Tribune , accepted payment from the nonprofit Foundation for Reconciliation, to run an ad, announcing a memorial service this Sunday, in both papers. But on Wednesday, a MediaOne employee told the group's Cheryl Nunn that the ad had been rejected by the News.

"Anything that's related to the church we have been asked to present that to [the Deseret News ] and then they decide," said MediaOne President Brent Low. "This one was directly talking about the church and sexual orientation." Without receiving the discount offered from advertising in both papers, the group asked to pull the blurb from the Tribune , as well, and received a full refund, Low said.

Peter Danzig, a Salt Lake City spokesman for the Foundation for Reconciliation, called the newspaper ad "innocuous." Danzig hopes remembering the "suffering" of those who have taken their own lives because of despair felt from conflict arising between their sexual orientations and Mormon faith and families will "compel" attendees "to create hope for other people."