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Blaire Ostler
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A dear friend of mine was recently called to her Stake Young Women presidency. She asked for my suggestions on how she and other leaders could be more inclusive of Young Women and LGBTQ+ youth. With the help of some of my peers and friends, I complied a list of practical ways LDS leaders can be more inclusive.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped me put this list together. Your insights have been invaluable and I appreciate that you took the time to share your experiences with me. Sincerely.
15 Ways To Be More Inclusive
15 Ways To Be More Inclusive
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"As life expectancy increases through the emergence of life extension technologies and the accessibility of anti-aging medicines, we will need to reevaluate the usefulness and morality of the power dynamics in a patriarchal gerontocracy."
The Patriarchal Gerontocracy
The Patriarchal Gerontocracy
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I wrote a poem, because poetry brings structure to the chaos of emotions.
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Something funny happened. Someone mistook me for a Mormon apologist, so I thought I’d clarify myself here. I’m not a Mormon apologist. I’m a Mormon enthusiast. A Mormon enthusiast is one who is highly interested in, motivated by, and invested in Mormonism. You might consider this the testimony of a Mormon enthusiast.
The Mormon Enthusiast
The Mormon Enthusiast
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Passing out towels isn’t the problem. The problem oppressing desires to serve and unnecessarily assigning people roles according to their gender.
Passing Out Towels
Passing Out Towels
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In one of my research papers this semester, I argue both women and men need to overcome sexist oppression as comrades in solidarity, not enemies—which means encouraging male participation, understanding masculinity, rejecting anti-male feminism, followed by recognizing male pain.

We must learn to value each other’s contributions to feminist work, independent of one’s gender. The feminist movement should stress the need to embrace our uniqueness, and not fear or hate what is different from ourselves. Without embracing diversity within the feminist movement, we risk birthing new yet reincarnated supremacist attitudes. Embracing diversity in the feminist movement means heightening our consciousness to be aware of how our differences are not a hinderance, but necessity.
Comrades in Solidarity
Comrades in Solidarity
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"Could religion, as currently practiced, be a useful fiction that leads to greater understanding? Could the effects of religious ritual on human bodies be observed, measured, understood, calculated, and controlled through a better understanding of science and the use of better technologies? There is tangible power in fictionalism, we should engage wisely."
Useful Fiction
Useful Fiction
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My latest for Rational Faiths:

Dear Elder Oaks, You don’t know me. We’ve never met, but I’ve listened to you speak from the pulpit since I was a child. You’ll likely never read this, but I feel compelled to express myself anyway.
Dear Elder Oaks
Dear Elder Oaks
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I had the pleasure of keynoting at the 2017 Affirmation International Conference, where I shared my story as a pansexual woman. As promised, here is a copy of my speech with a link to the recording if you’d like to watch it.

“Humans are storytellers. Life is a narrative and we are the authors. The story of Mormonism and Christianity is incomplete without queer voices, and make no mistake Mormons are a queer people. It is time to stop privileging views or theological interpretations that neglect the experiences of queer Mormons. We need your voice otherwise, fear and ignorance wins, and I don’t know about you, but I’m interested in a narrative where love wins. Be a savior. Be Christ. You are a queer Mormon. Make your story the one that lives. Together, I believe we can make love win.”
Make Love Win
Make Love Win
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I wrote a poem.
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