I haven’t really discussed this with anyone before. However, I have been following your movement and it has sparked memories of being ask questions about masturbation during bishop interviews in the 80’s and 90’s. I was very ashamed to have to confess to having sexual feelings and to have acted on them in private. My bishop told me as a young man he too had this issue and he told me to pray for strength to overcome my desires “because the natural man is an enemy to God” His sharing his experience was so uncomfortable for me.
This was a time in my life where I was suffering with extreme depression. My mom took me to an LDS social services counselor. I felt that the root of my depression was that I was unworthy because at 12 I had read a sexual explicit book (one of my dad’s novels) which stirred up sexual feelings. I couldn’t bring myself to tell the counselor that. I felt I was evil. I sunk into an even deeper depression and felt I would rather die. I didn’t date as a teen because I was too fearful of my “natural man”. I dated very little. I went on a mission and came home and still dated very little. I married a gay man (uknowningly) because he was so “ respectful”. He didn’t try to force an intimate relationship while dating.
The teaching of the church warped my ideas about sex. I have been in therapy in regards to this issue. An issue that started with being asked about Masturbation in a bishop’s interview when I was about 12.
If I were in Utah I would march with you even though I am no longer an active Member.