A reader pointed me to this link over on Dan Savage’s blog:
I can relate to being bullied for, among other things, being Mormon. True, for some reason, Mormons were over-represented on our student council, but I wasn’t exactly one of the popular crowd. So, yeah, having Mormonism used as an insult would have made things worse for me.
As for the rest of the letter, is Mormon family support conditioned on obedience? I would say so in a lot of cases. I can also relate to the guilt and shame mentioned in the letter, as I struggled with both for many years, not because I had done something horrible, but because I had been taught to feel that way about myself.