In what’s been called a “historic” gift, the Mormon church gifted $25,000 to an LGBT group.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints donated the money to LGBT Mormon organization Affirmation which will go toward suicide prevention training for staffers.
“Over the past decade, we have really spent a lot of time building a productive relationship with the LDS Church to create a safe space for LGBTQ people,” Affirmation President Carson Tueller told The Salt Lake Tribune.
The Mormon church is not known for being LGBT friendly — according to LGBTQ Nation, they were a major backer of Proposition 8 to repeal same-sex marriage rights in California. They also claimed masturbation turned boys gay and cut ties with the Boy Scouts of America after they accepted LGBT scouts and girls, according to the publication.
But when it comes to suicide prevention, Affirmation and the Mormon church are on the same page.
“This is one of those places where our missions overlap and mesh. This is a good steppingstone [sic] and shows a certain amount of trust that has been built,” Tueller said.
“We can’t do this alone. Only by working together can we begin to reach everybody who needs to be reached both in and out of the church.”