Being a gay twelve-year-old girl would be difficult enough, but being a gay twelve-year-old Mormon girl would be even more difficult, given the church's attitude towards the LGBT community.
A Pew Research study found that only thirty-six percent of Mormons believe homosexuality should be accepted by society at large, so they're not exactly welcoming you with open arms.
Just ask twelve-year-old Savannah, who revealed to churchgoers in Utah County that she was a lesbian and told them she was proud God had made her that way.
via: YouTubeReading from a prepared speech, she told 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."
People can be heard murmuring as Savannah continued to open up about her sexuality...until she literally couldn't be heard anymore.
The confused girl could be seen quickly tapping the microphone, clearly assuming it had broken mid-speech and not that officials had turned it off.
Officials had turned it off, and then they told her to sit down. Savannah can be seen collecting her speech and walking away, still confused and humiliated."She came off crying to me," her mother Heather told Daily Mail. "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."