“I’m just a sweet transvestite from transsexual transylvania…..” Alright, no dressing up as Dr. Franknfurter this Halloween according to a Mormon church in Sandy, Utah. The LDS Church is facing at least one angry parent- if not more- over the flier that they issued saying that no one should show up for the Halloween ‘trunk-or-treat’ event scheduled for Saturday night wearing cross-gender costumes or masks.
The event is sponsored by the LDS local church, and it is where kids show up at the parking lot of a local stake center and get candy. The local FOX Affiliate notes that “It is unclear if the Crescent 16th Ward has a problem with cross-dressing costumes or simply wants to promote what it deems is appropriate dress at the event. But the flier angered one mother in Sandy.”
Raquel Smith told Fox13 “It has everything to do with not loving your fellow man because they choose to dress a specific way.” She is not a member of the Mormon church, but says that this sends the wrong message to children. She stated that “I think definitely a child as young as a toddler can understand when a parent says ‘no honey, you can’t be Spiderman or Harry Potter because you’re a girl and that’s a boy.’ I think that immediately tells your child their decisions are wrong.”
The family of LDS Bishop Dennis Toone, who leads this event, said that a young women’s group created the flier before hundreds went out to the community. Toone has defended the flier saying that “I thought it was church policy. I’ll defend the church and anyone who doesn’t like it doesn’t have to come.” Toone has not wanted to appear on camera due to a loss in his family.
LDS spokesperson Scott Trotter, though, contradicted that saying that the church does not dictate anything about the event except that there be a no-mask policy. Cross-dressing is not banned, but is up to the discretion of the bishop or church members. He feels that the language used was intended to promote “appropriate dress”. There are others in the community who aer upset with one saying that “I don’t think anyone should be excluded. I think if you’re a Christian-loving person. I think everyone should love everybody. To exclude somebody is not fair.”
Well, darned, there goes the plans to dress the nephew as Hermione Granger for Halloween.