Alex Blaze

Hot Mormon boy pics! A cause for excommunication

Filed By Alex Blaze | July 14, 2008 5:30 PM | comments

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Tags: boy pics, Chad Hardy, gay Mormons, hot Mormon guys, hot Mormon men, hot Mormon missionaries, Latter Day Saints, LDS, LGBT calendar, Mormon

Here's where I step into Creepsville a little bit...mormoncall.jpg
You know those Mormon mission boys who go through neighborhoods, door-to-door, in their pressed white shirts and black pants, ready to tell you about the Book of Mormon? Well, someone made a boy calendar out of them and then got excommunicated.

I don't know what the LDS Church is thinking. They have to know that when they send out pairs of boys at the age of 18, all around the world in neat clothes, wide-eyed and ready to help, that people are going to sexualize them. Personally, they're not my thing (too young). But I've heard from enough gay men to know that what sorts of thoughts go through their heads when they see the boys out there in the street.

Well, anyway, the LDS Church has some strong teachings on modesty. More on that after the jump.

Chad Hardy, who came up with the idea fo the calendar, described modesty as relative and up to individual tastes. He thinks that the Mormon church's decision was best and doesn't hold any hard feelings:

"I felt like I spoke my truth," the 31-year-old entertainment entrepreneur said. "Bottom-line, they still felt the calendar is inappropriate and not the image that the church wants to have."

mormoncalr.jpg"Men on a Mission," which has sold nearly 10,000 copies at $14.99 each, included pictures of 12 returned missionaries wearing black slacks, but not their trademark white shirts, in modest poses. The men also were photographed in traditional missionary garb and share their religious beliefs in biographical sketches.

Some of the 12 models have also been called to disciplinary meetings, but none were punished.

"I have no ill feelings toward any of those people," Hardy said of the church council. "They did what they believed was right and I really do feel it was the best decision for both of us."

So I'm going to throw a big ol' non-unique on this excommunication. People are already looking at these boys in this way, so what's the point of covering it up? Sheesh, it's a difference between openly using sexuality to entice converts and doing it while in the closet.

(Images via Queerty)


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When I was younger, I used to want to be a Mormon so I could hang out with all the hot young missionary guys. I actually stopped by a temple to find out more. I got the 411 on Mormon queers and hotstepped it outta there. The next week I picked up my first Mormon boy - black slacks and all.

Ah, the memories...

Alex, I'm going to disagree with you on this one. In my opinion, this calendar is like selling a calendar with pictures of nuns or priests partially exposed. When Mormon missionaries go out on their missions, they are performing a religious duty that is no different from a priest committing his/her entire life to God. When Mormons are on their missions, they aren't supposed to call home (except on Mother's Day or Christmas), go to the movies, or even go swimming. They're supposed to be with their missionary companion at all times. And they're only allowed one day a month to do laundry and write letters to home. The rest of their time is supposed to be spent knocking on doors and doing community service. Say what you like about the tenants of Mormon dogma, but I think it's a really noble thing to devote two years of your life (in the case of guys . . . 18 months in the case of women) to serving God.

Granted the men in this picture consented to being photographed. But the dude who is the "entrepreneur" here is a smarmy guy in my opinion. The Mormon church was absolutely within its purview to excommunicate him. He's making money by specifically violating the Church's very strict standards of modesty by asking missionaries to pose partially nude.

Alex, not to mention the fact that the picture shown here has a missionary posing with his name tag on, too.

I get that everyone has their fetish. And I'm certainly not one to blindly defend the Mormon church. I just think that you're being overly critical of the Mormon church on this one, Alex.

Serena, there's a calender out there somewhere of the hot priests of Rome (maybe Italy as a whole?). They are mostly head shots, but saying it is not objectifying them is a bit like saying Mapplethorpe only photographed flowers.

Wow.... do they still have that home delivery program? Where do I sign up?

Serena's argument has its merits; OTOH, for literally decades, our community has tolerated and even reveled with San Francisco's Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence which mocks the Roman Catholic church in similar manner. Few community leaders have majorly criticized the Saint Sisters for not showing "due" respect for Roman Catholic traditions.

My disappointment with the calendar is that the guys still haven't taken enough of their clothes off. I can see this much skin on the average urban neighborhood basketball court. So what's the BFD?

Yes, it is admirable that some Mormon boys set aside two years to serve God in their own way, but so do young Burmese Buddhist monks (among other sects of Buddhism) and this hasn't garnered much respect of Buddhism from the Mormons.

Speaking of Asian Buddhists, one last thing I'd like to say about the Mormon boys on this calendar is ... Suay mak mak! (Thanks, Robert, for teaching me that ... and I hope it catches on!)

tobyhannabill | July 15, 2008 3:01 AM

And I assume no one here has ever seen the movie "Latter Days".

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | July 15, 2008 5:37 AM

Kop Khun Kop Allen! (thank you)

Suay means beautiful, but usually in the feminine manner. I would say these boys are definitely Lor mak mak meaning masculinely handsome. Although, it is perfectly fine to call a young gay Thai man Suay! In fact they would be complimented.

Mai pen Rai! (it doesn't matter) is the ethos of Thailand.

Oh, and Buddhist monks and boys that are sent to the monastery for training in religion (two months, six months or a year) are...celibate.

I think part of the appeal of this calendar is the zone of lusting after what you cannot have. Unless you are Bil of course :) You will note he said "first" Mormon boy. How many others? I have to live vicariously.

And Kop Khun Kop to you too, Robert! (Are the K's always capitalized in the Thai "thank you"?)

To me, the Thai expressions have a personality and charm all their own --- yet more for me to stuff into my aging pad Thai noodle!

As RG said above, lusting after what you cannot have is the appeal. Claiming celibacy is throwing down the gauntlet. During my years in the priesthood, I could sense that I was a fantasy sex object for a wide range of parishioners simply because of my status as a religious leader who was supposedly above the grip of ordinary appetites. Everyone thought about having sex with the priest. Grandparents, teenagers, men, women and everything in between. It was clear to me that their desire was based mostly (despite the fact that I looked pretty good in those days) on my proclaimed inaccessibility. It was a useful and powerful tool to maintain authority. That is why the Catholic clergy don't want to give it up. It is part of the "smoke and mirrors" that makes the medicine man revered in his tribe until the day some doctor without borders arrives with aspirin.

3 - Although 2 came together (pun not intended)

My God, I loved Bloomington. The Mormons up here are so darn staid and, well, religious.

Call me creepy if you want but I "dated" those mormon boys before.

They were peddling on the street and I walked by and "let myself" tempted by their spiel. As we were all pressed by time I gave them my phone number.

A week goes by then we set a time to meet up and talk. I told them upfront that I wasn't going to convert but I was interested in their missionary work (uh huh). We spent 1 hour at the farmer's market then went our separate ways. They gave me a booklet and never called me again :(

There's at least 5 sets living in my neighborhood because the lord likes to keep my supplies fresh!

I think Serena has a point. I didn't notice the name tags. I guess it's kinda like police officers or firemen doing something like this - they don't use a uniform that identifies their particular bureau or city.

Alex, that's my point exactly. You don't have to agree with the standard. But the fact is that there is a standard of behavior when you are in uniform representing an organization. It's a part of your "employment contract," so to speak. And if you violate the terms of that agreement, you deserve to be dismissed.

Ya'll can joke all you want about how cute these boys are. But the fact of the matter is that the guy who designed this calendar is a sleezy dude who got his comeuppance.

They were not at all upset in the beginning, but (IMHO) when they saw the tee-shirt on sale on the calendar website (I HEART MORMON BOYS)with a male model wearing it, they got the gay willies.

I say he should do another one -- ex-Mormons (but please, more flesh this time).

i am gay men who was a mormon once and asked to leave the church and now i wish to go back to the church can anyone help me

John Watson | May 19, 2010 8:22 PM

Just go to http://maps.lds.org/ to find the nearest LDS church to where you live. The site will give you times for each ward's sacrament meeting. I would say just show up and after the meeting ask to speak with the Bishop.

well..you must go back to the church becoz we dont know when will the second coming..its not too late brother...

I THINK GAY SEX IS COMMON IN MORMON MISSIONARY .

gayteenboylover gayteenboylover | June 2, 2011 9:48 PM

I used to seduce lots of sexy Mormon boys as a teen living in Utah. Popped a lot of Mormon cherries, brought out the gay in a lot of Mormon boys.