A recent event occurred in Gilbert where Felix Bermea, his partner Roy Messerschmidt, and their four children have been enduring anti-gay motivated harassment.
This harassment started with swear words scratched on their cars and graffiti on the exterior of their home. This escalated to people banging on the windows at night then yelling anti-gay remarks. Bushes in their yard were lit on fire. Last week the family came home to find their house broken into. They entered to find anti-gay remarks graffiti-ed throughout their house and on their belongings.
The fear and feelings of hate this family is being the victim of is not OK. Something has to be done about this. We, as a free people, do not tolerate hate and have proven time and time again that we will and can fight against those who harm individuals who look different, who act different, and who are sexually different. It is our job to show those who are LGBTQ that we love them and support them for who they are.
I am now asking you to do what needs to be done to protect the Bermia-Messerschmidt family. It is your job to reach out with unconditional love and supportive actions within your homes, congregations, and communities in a way that will stop these hate crimes from happening.
Co-Head of Mormons Building Bridges, Boise, Idaho