Melinda Hannah says she is grateful for being raised Mormon. As she grew older and attended BYU, however, her perspective shifted.
"It was really painful for me," she said.
Hannah feels for gays in the Mormon church, especially since a policy change late last year. The change states that same-sex couples can be excommunicated from the Mormon church. It also states that the children of same-sex couples must disavow their parents after they turn 18 in order to be allowed to stay in the church.
"These are beautiful people who are precious and deserve to be here," says Hannah.
Hannah is currently painting 20 portraits of LGBT Mormons to bring out their "beauty and dignity." The project called "Heroes Journey" will go on display next week at a Mormon conference in Provo, Utah. After that, it will be shown for six weeks at the Schack Art Center in Everett.
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