Instagram post by @jenatkinhair Hairstylist + Brand Founder

I don’t talk about this a lot (sorry Mom + Dad) but i just watched @danreynolds #BelieverDoc on @HBO and learned about the high rise of suicide in Utah. One of the reasons I decided to leave the Mormon church was their stance on being LGBT. I know it took the church leaders awhile to come around to not practicing Polygamy (once it was outlawed thru the US) and to allowing black men to hold the priesthood (not until the late 1970s). I know they have the power to adjust their beliefs, they’ve done it in the past. I hope one day they will truly “love one another” and accept LGBT members for not just who they are but also teach that they too can love who they love and still be allowed in heaven with everyone else. Congrats to those members standing up and making an effort to wake the old powerful men in the church up.🏳️‍🌈❤️ (artwork by @kiiarens)

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  • 5w ago lanaseegmua lanaseegmua

    @jenatkinhair it will ❤️❤️❤️ thank you for being the most amazing role model 😩❤️ i hope I get to change peoples lives like you do!

  • 5w ago cinddaayylou cinddaayylou

    I love your unconditional love 🌈

  • 5w ago malinirao13 malinirao13

    @chelsea_cortese Am sorry to hear you had to go through that... I am not Mormon but even the Hindu religion has moronic people who think like that... sadly all religions do, as is evident from the comments on this post. It’s so sad. We’re in 2018 and with all the advances we have made as a species and the fact that our brain has actually evolved, it’s so sad our minds haven’t... sounds like you’re in a good place in your life - don’t let narrow minded losers ruin it for you - Many congratulations to you and your partner and loads of happiness always ❤️

  • 5w ago davinnstagram davinnstagram

    I love this

  • 5w ago lalahoov lalahoov

    @lanaseegmua sending you a BIG HUG! ❤️

  • 5w ago hairbyjohnd hairbyjohnd

    That’s what’s up! I stand right there next to you! 💗❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

  • 5w ago crambert crambert

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • 5w ago jes.seli jes.seli

    Thought this was @jvn

  • 5w ago fgallar03 fgallar03

    @jvn @jvn @jvn omg thought that was you!!

  • 5w ago elizabethkott elizabethkott

    @kiiarens 💖💖💖

  • 5w ago katieharden katieharden

    @joshjorgz

  • 5w ago joshjorgz joshjorgz

    @katieharden OMG. Need this!! 😍 thanks for sharing!!

  • 5w ago realloganwalker realloganwalker

    My stepfather introduced me to the Church and I left when I was 19. After hearing about the hypocrisy and plain hateful attitudes by some in the church, I felt like I had no other choice. Being in the public eye like you are, and a businesswoman in such a image conscious industry, your bravery in talking about your past is something we could all take a lesson from. I love you even more now 😭💕

  • 5w ago karissalaura karissalaura

    completely unrelated but at first I thought this was a painting of @jvn 🙈💘

  • 5w ago stardustwomann stardustwomann

    honestly thought this was a pic of @jvn

  • 5w ago tina.766 tina.766

    I legit thought that was an artistic pic of @jvn

  • 5w ago lucero_la_ lucero_la_

    you are seriously the most woke person in the industry that clearly is learning and growing, carelessly, on your own merits. thats dope! keep it up! the journey is never ending. Xo❤️

  • 5w ago rachelcolleen80 rachelcolleen80

    ❤️ I feel the same as you. I’m having a crisis of faith. I feel like God doesn’t care if you go to church on Sunday. God cares about your heart and what you do for others. Thank you for being so open and willing. ❤️

  • 5w ago michaeldickson1 michaeldickson1

    This made me so happy. Love ya

  • 5w ago _alexis_salon_ _alexis_salon_

    🙏🏼

  • 5w ago luzelm luzelm

    One day old men won’t be in charge of Churches anymore - but people who know that Jesus loves EVERYONE!!!

  • 5w ago rajesh_bhorle rajesh_bhorle

    Hiii

  • 5w ago naydoobay naydoobay

    @stardustwomann came here to say the same thing!

  • 5w ago tracylin14 tracylin14

    I thought this was @jvn 😬

  • 5w ago beccabu beccabu

    Love this post & have to mention that at first I thought it was a pic of @jvn which only makes it better

  • 5w ago iamtheresajoy iamtheresajoy

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • 5w ago stoney_k_rodewald stoney_k_rodewald

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • 5w ago okay_ness okay_ness

    Thank you so much Jen for speaking up on a topic that not a lot of people want to talk about! Truly inspiring 💖

  • 5w ago m1fitch m1fitch

    Same same regarding the Catholic Church!

  • 5w ago rachelinreallife rachelinreallife

    Thanks for posting this, @jenatkinhair

  • 4w ago didimonjar didimonjar

    a big reason i left too. need to watch this. 🙏🏼🌈💓✨

  • 4w ago nichole_atoa nichole_atoa

    It truly is so sad that people of the LGBTQ community in Utah and other places have felt hate from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is no excuse. We need to love one another, be kind and respectful. It is okay to have different beliefs. I am LDS and though I believe that God intended marriage to be between a man and a woman doesn’t mean that I have the right to treat people poorly because they may believe differently.
    The members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are NOT PERFECT, it is important to raise awareness about the suicide rate in Utah. However, please do not judge or hate us all just because you’ve have a negative experience with some members.

  • 4w ago kateynodine kateynodine

    @maskelmr need this picture for my next apt

  • 4w ago sunniebrook sunniebrook

    I kept meaning to send this to you and say you will love it!!!! So proud of him and the awareness he has brought to the church and community! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • 4w ago alfina_swu alfina_swu

    @got2bjill i love your statement 😘😘

  • 4w ago got2bjill got2bjill

    @alfi_kerong thank you💗

  • 2w ago croseban croseban

    I agree though the Mormon culture needs to change especially in Utah, there is a lot of silence and shame when one does something not in line with church teachings. This is why there is so much suicide. Many need to actually follow the doctrine and not be shameful every time they do something wrong

  • 1w ago makeupby_flynn makeupby_flynn

    This is amazing, thanks for sharing!

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