Is LGBT Youth Suicide in Utah Linked to Utah’s Culture
The article “Is Utah’s youth suicide rate linked to Utah’s culture surrounding LGBT?” by Heidi Hatch addresses the high suicide rates involving two communities in Utah. The LDS has been held responsible for harming several LGBT community members. Significantly, the exclusion and lack of support shown by the LDS community towards the LGBT youth has raised concerns in the Health Department sector and social media influencers.
The emphasis made on the causes of suicides among the LGBT community and how this is related to the Mormon church is that members of the LGBT youth have been feeling rejected by both parents and the church regarding their sexual preferences. Furthermore, the article’s effectiveness on the reader is the high level of emotions. Especially the personal stories told that successfully make the reader perceive the issue’s magnitude.
However, the way the author presents evidence is regarded as pathos because of the intention to connect to the audience through the personal stories of people affected by the issue. Despite the use of emotions, the author’s lack of evidence and facts regarding the Mormon church and its involvement in the high suicide rates among LGBT youth is a significant part that understates the issue discussed.
The author shares at the beginning of the article the data collected in the past years about the suicide rate among the LGBT youth and the connection between the religious culture in Utah and right after Hatch includes a famous story from a social media influencer that addresses the relation between the LDS community and the LGBT suicide rates.
As a result, the audience is persuaded to discard the facts and continue focusing on personal stories with a high level of sympathy. Additionally, the author continues to talk about the social media influencer which share the personal stories of members of the LGBT community that were affected by the LDS policies and their journey through the struggle and rejection from the Mormon church.
The emotions evoked from this article are strictly involved in presenting personal stories that try to reach out to several communities, especially the ones that are not informed about the issue of the high level of suicides. With this in mind, this text attempts to relate to people by using social media influencers concerned about the topic. In addition, Heidi Hatch provides statistics about the connection between LDS policy and the high suicide rates when over 80 Utah youth took their own lives from 2012 to 2014 during the LDS church announcement in November, when the LDS church added same-sex marriage to its definition of apostasy.
Even though the author revolves the article in one pathos appeal and its high effectiveness in implementing sympathy to the victims and families, logos is found when a specific suicide rate is given to the reader. In fact, by presenting statistics about the suicide rate and sharing personal stories, the author’s purpose shifts from informative to persuasive to gain compassion for the victims.
Due to the high controversy, the author gives the reader a statement made by the spokeswoman of the Mormon church Kristen Howey regarding the issue and which states that “The Church is actively pursuing ways to help, including online resources and local leadership training, and we encourage communities to continue to partner on prevention and intervention.
Every soul is precious.” However, one of the author’s sources discusses the rejection of family and community towards LGBT members and their high risk of taking their own lives when they come out. Moreover, the author intends to raise awareness among the public about how community values affect the youth through several sorts of neglect.
Additionally, the stories told have a high level of emotions that make the reader emotionally connected to the members affected and make them aware of the struggles that they have gone through. Honestly, the author analyzes both personal experiences and statistics to build a connection between the high suicide rates in Utah and the religious culture.
Although, the absence of clear data that links the Mormon church to the high suicide rate among the LGBT community makes you question how the author approaches the topic and the real intentions of the presentation of data. Hatch’s last resource to build any connection to the suicide rate is to show different health associations to give credibility to the article, such as the Utah health department that had the duty to search for a more practical reason for the youth that has taken their own lives.
The causes could be several. According to the Utah health department, social media, higher elevation, how often families move, and the availability of guns in homes are some of the causes that may have increased the suicide rate. Notably, the factions shown by the author are an attempt to link the Mormon Church to the high suicide rate among the LGBT community but fail miserably with the excessive use of pathos in every paragraph and showing limited data in favor of the community that the author distinctly supports.
Overall, this article presents a notorious issue in Utah, where concerns have been raised by the Health Department and two communities in the state. The effectiveness of this article is highly based on the emotional context of personal stories and detailed information that creates a link between policies and statements made by the Mormon church and how they affect the LGBT community members that are or were part of the LDS community.
The inspirational anecdotes told in the article are the charmer that creates a web of compassion and understating around the reader. However, the lack of evidence and the use of a few references makes it vain for the highly used pathos rather than pathos that could build a stronger and more successful article.