Mormon bloggers, including one with an active Facebook account, will launch a new Facebook page that will focus on black and queer issues and topics, as well as the Mormon church’s position on homosexuality.
The page, called “Mormon Black Lives Matter,” will be a response to the 2016 shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Black Lives Matters was created in January, according to the Mormon Church’s official Facebook page.
The group will also launch a podcast.
A few prominent Mormon celebrities, including singer Ariana Grande and rapper Jay Z, have also spoken out against the church’s stance on homosexuality and racism.
On Wednesday, the church posted a message on its official website saying, “We welcome the efforts of Mormons and those who seek to build communities of understanding.
However, we also reject violence and discrimination.”
The message continues, “While we are deeply troubled by the events of the past few days, we are also disturbed by the efforts by some of the world’s most powerful religious leaders to divide our country.”
The LDS church has long had a troubled relationship with the LGBT community.
In 2014, the LDS church officially banned gay members from church property for life, and the church has faced calls to end its long-standing ban on same-sex marriage in the U.S. Mormon missionaries have been accused of sexual abuse against children in the church, and former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leader Thomas S. Monson is now serving a 40-year prison sentence for sexually abusing minors.
The Mormon Church also recently announced plans to move its headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah, to New York City.
The LDS Church said it would relocate its headquarters to Salt Lake, but critics have argued that it would create a climate of religious intolerance that could undermine the church.