A 12-year-old Mormon girl, Savannah, recently came out to the members of her church. Savannah came out to her parents a day after her birthday on June 22nd of last year. Her parents and her friends had learnt to accept her, and Savannah decided that she wanted to come out to her community as well.

At her church, Savannah speaks about how God didn’t mess up when he made her. He didn’t mess up when he made me gay, she said, in a video that was filmed as she spoke.

“God loves me just this way, because he loves all his creations,” she said in the speech. “I do believe he made me this way on purpose.”

“I hope to find a partner and have a great job. I hope to get married and have a family,” she said. “I know these dreams and wishes are good and right. I know I can have all of these things as a lesbian and be happy.”

She was interrupted in the middle of her speech and was told to take a seat, by an adult male leader. Later, a bishop at the church told CNN that the church welcomes her.

Savannah wants people to know that it is possible to be Mormon and gay.

According to the Mormon church, one can be gay, but gay members will not receive blessings till they reach adulthood. They will also be asked to remain celibate and can never marry their partners.

Savannah’s mother, Heather, has left the Mormon church because of its views on gay people. Savannah and her father remained members of the church.

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