Brave little girl who came out during church service has her mic cut

By Kim Abrahams
19 June 2017

"God loves me just this way because I believe that he loves all his creations.”

A little girl, who took the brave step of coming out during a church service, had her microphone cut and was promptly ordered to sit down.

Savannah Ward, a 12-year-old Mormon, took to the stage of the church in Salt Lake City, Utah, to boldly tell the congregation that she is gay.

In her speech, the pre-teen says she believes she was ‘made this way’ by what she refers to as her ‘heavenly parents’.

“They did not mess up when they gave me brown eyes, or when I was born bald,” she says in a video that was taken of her courageous speech.

“They did not mess up when they gave me freckles or when they made me be gay. God loves me just this way because I believe that he loves all his creations.”

She impassionately continues to express her desire at finding love and happiness when she is older one day.

“I hope someday to go on dates, go to school dances, to hold hands and to go off to college. I hope to find a partner and have a great job. I hope to get married and have a family.

“I know these dreams and wishes are good and right. I know I can have all of these things as a lesbian and be happy. I believe that if God is there, he knows I am perfect, just the way I am and would never ask me to live my life alone or with someone I am not attracted to.”

Savannah continues for a bit until her microphone suddenly stops working.

Confused, she taps it at first, thinking it might be faulty, but soon realises it had been purposefully cut.

The 12-year-old is then ordered by one of the church officials to take her seat.

Savannah made the decision to come out during the church’s monthly Fast and Testimony service.

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According to her mother, Heather, Savannah had been begging her for months to share her testimony.

“My husband and I both were reluctant to let she share her testimony because of the potential rejection,” Heather told “She asked to do it in January, we finally agreed in May.

“She had worked so hard at perfecting it so that it would portray exactly how she felt. We decided to let her do it because we thought it would be more harmful to silence her or give her reason to feel she is wrong in any way.”

In an interview with I Like To Look For Rainbows following the incident, Savannah said she had felt a mix of emotions when she was ordered off the stage.

“I was sad because I wanted to finish it, and I felt like what I was saying should've been heard by everybody else,” she said.

“I was happy because I could finally get out to everyone and show that gays aren't weirdos.”

The video, which was taken by someone in the congregation, saw many speaking out in support of the 12-year-old.

‘Amazing’ and ‘brave’ were amongst the words used to describe the little girl, while others praised her parents for being so supportive of their daughter.

“She came off crying to me,” her mother explained of the ordeal. “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.”


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