"To label as sin a person's sexual orientation is an act of spiritual violence. It defines the personal core, the very essence of a...person's identity, as sinful. Believing you are a sinner because you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender creates severe emotional and mental anguish, especially for young people. Not knowing whom to trust or talk with about it, and feeling alone with the struggle to be who you are, creates a deeply personal crisis. Low self-esteem, self-hatred, and fear of exposure often result in ruined lives, broken families, depression, and, much too often, suicide."
(From Jimmy Creech, "Homosexuality is Not a Sin," Crisis: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay in America, Mitchell Gold, ed., with Mindy Drucker, p. 322.)