ABOUT NORTHERN LIGHTS
Northern Lights is the official blog of North Star International. It was created by several established bloggers who are believing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and who have first-hand experience with questions surrounding homosexuality or gender dysphoria/transgenderism. Then and now, Northern Lights aims to be a place where we and our readers can openly explore and discuss topics and issues of interest to the LDS community—and particularly as they relate to homosexuality and gender identity in Latter-day Saint faith and culture—in an edifying and uplifting manner and within the framework of commitment to the beliefs and ideals of the Church.
In the fall of 2005, a group of Latter-day Saints concerned with issues around same-gender attraction — both individuals and family members — discussed the need for something more than what was currently available as resources for those who were committed to living the teachings of the restored gospel and Church of Jesus Christ. In that conversation was sown the seeds for what later became North Star. Later, in the spring of 2006, that group started working more heavily on the actual planning and creation of North Star — applying for 501(c)3 non-profit status, organizing, planning a website, etc. The idea of North Star was not just to try to connect people with useful information, but rather to connect people with people — to foster a supportive and spiritually encouraging community where committed Latter-day Saints could learn from one another and have a forum where they could share their ideas, feelings, beliefs, and experiences.
Around that time — during the summer and fall of 2006 — North Star organizers connected with the small community of LDS bloggers discussing issues around homosexuality and Mormonism from a faithful perspective. As they got increasingly engaged with this ongoing discussion, the idea was born to have a group blog — similar to others in the larger LDS bloggernacle — that would foster open and extensive discussion about sexuality within the framework of commitment to the beliefs and ideals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
From that beginning, Northern Lights was launched by several established bloggers who were believing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and who had first-hand experience with issues surrounding homosexuality. Since that time, we were also joined by individuals who experienced gender dysphoria and who were faithful Latter-day Saints dealing with transgender issues. Northern Lights aspired then and now to be a place where we and our readers could openly explore and discuss topics and issues of interest to the community of Saints — particularly as they relate to sexuality, gender identity, and the Church — in an edifying and uplifting manner and within the framework of commitment to the beliefs and ideals of our faith.
For nearly two years, Northern Lights was an active force in the community of those blogging about issues related to homosexuality and the Church of Jesus Christ and then, as the result of a variety of factors, the blog became less active following the events around California’s Proposition 8 in 2008. In 2012, with the launch of a newly redesigned website, Northern Lights was relaunched with new and returning bloggers to continue our exploration into issues related to sexuality and the faith of members in the Church of Jesus Christ. Then again, in the fall of 2014 and 2019, the Northern Lights website has been redesigned and relaunched with an additional group of new and returning bloggers.