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Threatened by Cancer, Cushing’s and Expenses

Moms for Equality Founder and LGBTQ Activist, Linda Stay’s future is being threatened by aggressive Breast Cancer, Cushing’s Disease and the lack of funds needed to have victory over them.  Please contribute what you can today and encourage others to donate also so Linda can have the best lifesaving outcome today as well as the best quality of life in the years to come.

We are only at 29% of our fundraising needs. Please donate at her site today:
http://www.youcaring.com/lindaLindaUSA

2015 Southern Utah Equality Celebration



Because of Linda’s health, she was not able to make the trip to our daughters graduation at the University of Utah the day before the event, so the universe conspired and got a picture of Mylinda, giving her mom the “I Love You” sign, on the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune.
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She was able to pace herself well and be at the 300+ person event she was in charge of Fri & Sat nights. Saturday’s evening event started with a 30 minute downpour, but as soon as Linda arrived and we took this picture, the sun came out, a rainbow appeared, I wiped the moisture off my glasses & we ditched the umbrella.
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It was an inspiring and successful event, that included her favorite spoken word artist, Andrea Gibson, followed by a beautiful Mothers Day on Sunday with 6 of our 9 children in town. 10685539_1613845505494331_1905122218061464523_n 11259207_10206569419896156_9018479227147918716_n10924770_1613845735494308_4408774886880475050_n

Tuesday was her 2nd round of chemo, after doing her 1st IV immune boost on Monday. Thanks to your generosity, she had two more immune boost this week.
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She’s feeling a bit tired and nauseated but is still her optimistic self and we are committed to keeping her out of the hospital this round.

If you feel the pull to assist us financially in giving Linda the best lifesaving outcome today and the best quality of life in the years to come, please visit Linda’s fundraising website at www.YouCaring.com/linda

Thanks again for all the love and light we feel shining our way.

With Love, Steve

15 Minutes of Fame on FoxNews.com

We are amazed at how powerful FoxNews.com makes Linda sound, a mom standing up for her kids, in this article.

Be sure to check out the venomous comments about Linda by Fox News readers.  We keep looking for one by Glen Beck.  Add one of your own!

We love who you are,

Steve & Linda

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New Documentary Exposes Mormon Church’s Alleged Secret Involvement in Passage of Proposition 8

By Hollie McKay

Published July 16, 2010

| FoxNews.com

Linda Stay joined forces with filmmaker Reed Cowan to detail the prominent role the Mormons played in the reinstatement of Prop 8 in the new documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition.”

Following a lengthy investigation, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission ordered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints last month to pay a $5,539 fine for failing to accurately report $37,000 in contributions to the victorious effort to pass Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in California in 2008.

One of the key figures behind exposing the Church was Linda Stay, whose ancestor was a founding member. But Stay parted ways with the Church in 2008, and later joined forces with filmmaker Reed Cowan to detail the prominent role the Mormons played in the reinstatement of Prop 8 in the new documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition”, which is narrated by Oscar-winning “Milk” writer, Lance Dustin Black.

“The documents we exposed really started a lot of activity; I believe that certainly the film did play a part in bringing to light what the Church did. Audiences have been shocked – members of the Church knew it was involved in so many ways, but they had no idea about the extent of the involvement,” Stay, who has a gay son and lesbian daughter as well as seven other children, told Pop Tarts. “I hope this sends a message loud and clear.”

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church said they had not seen the film.

“We have not seen ‘8: The Mormon Proposition.’ However, judging from the trailer and background material online, it appears that accuracy and truth are rare commodities in this film,” Kim Farah, a representative for the LDS Church told us. “Clearly, anyone looking for balance and thoughtful discussion of a serious topic will need to look elsewhere.”

In their defense, the LDS Church stated that the violations were unintentional and that the Church mistakenly overlooked the daily reporting requirement and instead reported those contributions together in a later filing.

Cowan initially intended to make a documentary on the issue of gay homelessness and suicide in Utah, but soon realized that, in his opinion, the homophobia that propels otherwise loving parents to kick their teens out of home is deeply entrenched in Mormon ideology.  He and Stay have also sought to illuminate what they believe to be hypocrisy embedded in the Church’s act of funneling money in the campaign to fight the legalization of same sex marriage.

“As a Mormon, I knew the Church’s stand on homosexuality,” Stay said.  “We weren’t expecting them to change that, but for them to aggressively promote and create ads preaching that religions would lose their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, that they would have to marry gays in their temples, swayed the whole proposition.”

After a limited theatrical release, “8” was released on DVD this week, and Stay is now urging Mormons to stand up to the Church and its strong stance against marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

But, not surprisingly, a number of members are less-than-impressed with the documentary.

“The director has certainly received some hate mail,” Stay said.  We’ve received some derogatory statements from people. And that’s to be expected.”

But negative feedback is no deterrent for Stay, who has set up her own website MomsForEquality.com and is in the process of writing a book in the quest for “spiritual equality” across the entire nation.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/07/16/new-documentary-follows-mormon-churchs-involvement-passage-proposition/

After 8:, What do we do now?

We have been on a whirlwind tour with 8: The Mormon Proposition to Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake City

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and tomorrow, San Francisco for the screening on June 18th.  The response has been remarkable.  The press is very interested with the timing of the ruling against the LDS Church and the resumption of the federal case on Proposition 8 it appears the universe has a mission for this film.

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The most asked question at film festival Q&A sessions is “What can we do now?”

If we are going to hold the Mormon Church and other religions accountable, we must share this information exposed in this film.  Knowledge is power.  We hear it again and again, “I had no idea this was happening.”  Voters need to be educated.  It doesn’t matter where you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The fact that a powerful coalition was able to sway a vote and stay completely anonymous should be illegal and is certainly unethical.

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Join the Facebook Event page and commit to sharing 8:  The Mormon Proposition.  Start planning to personally share this film with those closest to you, and talk about it afterwards! See it together at the theater or in your homes through Video on Demand starting June 18th. Please share your ideas and results.  It is creating dialogue that leads to understanding which leads to change.  Change is good!


Opening June 18

Atlanta – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Boston – The Coolidge Corner Theater
Chicago – Gene Siskel Film Center
Dallas – Angelika Dallas
Ft. Lauderdale – Gateway
Honolulu – Kahala 8 Theater
Houston – Angelika Houston
New York City – Village East Cinema, Chelsea Clearview
Los Angeles – Laemmle’s Sunset Five
Palm Springs – Camelot Theaters
Scottsdale/Phoenix – Harkins Camelview 5
Salt Lake City – Tower Theater
San Diego- Reading Theater- Gaslamp 15
Spokane – Magic Lantern Theater
Washington, DC – AFI Silver Springs

Opening June 25

San Francisco – Presidio Theater
San Francisco – Sundance Kabuki Theater
Berkeley – Rialto Elmwood Berkeley
Santa Rosa – Rialto Cinemas Lakeside

Opening July 2

Denver – Film Society at Starz Film Center

I Love You, It’s OK. I Love You.

It’s been reported by the America Psychological Association that up to 1 in every 10 people identify as being gay? What should a parent do if their child is that one?

This is my experience of discovering my oldest son Tyler’s secret, and how it impacted my life.

10 years ago, for some unusual reason I awoke at 2 am, picked up the phone, and heard two male voices, one of which was my sons, obviously talking to someone he had met online. I was horrified, devastated, and angry!  My ‘knee-jerk’ reaction was to storm down the stairs to scream and shake some sense into him.

Here I was in the midst of a horrific divorce, having recently fled our small town in Idaho, literally taking my children from their beds at 4 am to escape a volatile situation, while at the same time fighting a life threatening brain tumor.  How could Tyler do this to me?

Through my 18-year abusive marriage, Tyler was my right hand, my rock.  He was kind and tender to the younger children, bright, talented, an over achiever who excelled in everything he did.  He had sacrificed so much when we drove away that night, leaving his senior year leadership position, the starring role in the play, the jazz choir and his Latin ballroom partner and coach with whom he held a world ranking.  He was a model child, what every mother would hope for in a son….  I knew he was different.  He had an amazing spirit and I was sure God sent him to me as my angel.  I believed he would someday be the prophet of my church.

What do I do?  As an extremely devout, proud, 5th generation Mormon, I could not recall ever being taught how to deal with this situation. So in my moment of terror, I fell to my knees.  “God, help me find the words.  Please don’t let me screw this up.  Do not let me say the wrong thing…  You had better intervene here because I just want to tear into him!”  I was reeling; my body was shaking as I made my way down the stairs.  The instant I opened the family room door, he turned, his face full of fear as he abruptly hung up the phone.

I motioned for him to come to the couch.  As we sat down a peaceful feeling took over.  I felt loving arms embrace us both and I heard someone else’s words   saying, “I love you. It’s okay.  I love you.”  We sat together, with what every fiber of my being knew was God, enfolded in His arms.  We cried.  Engulfed in the purest love I had ever experienced, that moment lasted for hours… with the only words spoken, “I love you, it’s okay, I love you.”

I wish I had I completely transformed in those moments, with total acceptance of my son’s homosexuality.  No, Tyler endured days, weeks, and months of my probing, bombarding him with,Are you sure it’s not a phase? What about your girlfriend? Is this because of your dad?  Did I rely on you too much?  On and on I tried to make some sense of it… to make it fit, but there was no place in my religious reality for it to go.  Yet I kept remembering Gods words, I love you, it is okay.  He knew my son … all of him… and now, so did I.

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Linda Williams Stay is currently working on a new book, that will share her emotional journey as a former devout Mormon mother of two gay children who becomes an avid accidental activist for their rights.  Her family is featured in the documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition” which has put on the heat to get the book done.  Subscribe to her blog www.MomsForEquality.com, to stay posted on her progress, receive new content and updates about the documentary.  Please share this post in its entirety.