A 12-year-old Mormon girl courageously stood up in front of members of her Utah church to tell them she was gay – only to have officials cut off her microphone and tell her to sit down.
Savannah revealed to churchgoers in Utah County, south of Salt Lake City, last month that she was a lesbian and told them she was proud God had made her that way.
Standing behind a lectern in front of her congregation, Savannah read her prepared speech, telling the crowd: ‘I believe I was made the way I am, all parts of me, by my heavenly parents.’
‘They did not mess up when they gave me brown eyes, or when I was born bald. They did not mess up when they gave me freckles or when they made me to be gay.
‘God loves me just this way because I believe that he loves all his creations. I do believe he made me this way on purpose, no part of me is a mistake.’
Savannah could be seen collecting her speech and walking away as the two officials whispered together frantically.
One of the men then stood up and addressed the congregation. Miraculously, there was no issue with the microphone when he took to the lectern.
The church leader made no mention of Savannah’s speech and continued to lead the congregation in prayer.
The ordeal left the 12-year-old in tears.
‘She came off crying to me. We both walked out to the hall, and I held her face in my hands and told her over and over that she is perfect and good. That there is nothing wrong with who she is, that she is brave and beautiful,’ her mother Heather told
In an interview with the podcast I Like to Look for Rainbows following the incident, Savannah said she embarrassed having to return to her seat, but was both ‘sad and happy at the same time’.
‘I was sad because I wanted to finish it, and I felt like what I was saying should’ve been heard by everybody else,’ she said.
‘I was happy because I could finally get out to everyone and show that gays aren’t weirdos.’
‘I only had a couple more sentences of a paragraph to read out loud and I got cut off by my microphone being turned off by the stake president.