In 1966, 26-year-old David-Edward Desmond founded a break-off from the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Denver, Colorado. The United
Order Family of Christ was for young gay men only, ages 18 to 30. Because they
practiced a uniquely Mormon form of communalism in which they held
"everything in common", Desmond affirmed that the Family was "not for the great
majority of the Gay LDS" [Latter-day Saints]. The United Order Family of Christ
lasted at least until 1972.
David-Edward Desmond was born Oct 24, 1940, in Spokane, Washington, to
Leonard Kruger and Joyce Betty Grasty. It is not known why his surname is
different from that of either of his parents. He died in May 1983, location
(This information provided by Connell O'Donovan. Sources: D. Michael Quinn,
Same-Sex Dynamics among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example,
University of Illinois Press, 1996, p .382 and footnote 81; and http://familysearch.org for vital statistics
Biography Date: July, 2004
Mormon (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) | Activist (religious institutions)
“David-Edward Desmond | Profile”, LGBTQ Religious Archives Network, accessed February 28, 2021, https://lgbtqreligiousarchives.org/profiles/david-edward-desmond.