Category: Gay Mormon

214: That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family: Tom Christofferson

Tom Christofferson is gay and he’s Mormon.  His recently published book ‘That We May Be One’ is a touching memoir of love, loss, and faith.  We discuss the story within his story that our life’s journey be underscored by a demonstrative,…

213: How Did the Mormons Get So Vested in the Political Battle over Homosexuality?: Kendall Wilcox

Filmmaker, Kendall Wilcox and I delve into the question of why the LDS Church has poured so much legal and political energy into the preservation of heterosexual marriage and its corollary debates over religious freedom.

211: How to Research Mormons and other Stories from the Oakland First Ward: Amiee Flynn-Curran

Amiee Flynn-Curran is a non-Mormon ethnographer who did her PhD fieldwork in the Oakland First Ward of the San Francisco Bay Area. Amiee’s was interested in finding out how a conservative Christian church community negotiates the question of gender and…

194: Dancing Like No One’s Watching: John Bonner

John Bonner (clinical social worker, singer and grower of flowers) joins me to talk about his growth into manhood as young and gay in one of the most religiously conservative areas in the Mormon corridor.  He shares his story of…

172: When Young Mormons Question: Isabella Parker

When 17-year-old Isabella Parker was a Mia Maid she submitted a profile to Ordain Women because she noticed gender inequality in the church.  She had also  joined her school’s Gay Straight Alliance Club and was very active in social advocacy.…

169: Finding Renewal, Wisdom and Peace Post-Election: Wotherspoon, Colvin and Money

Dan Wotherspoon, host of Mormon Matters and Kristy Money, host of Mormon Transitions join me to discuss, in a non-partisan way, the importance of intellectual clarity, healthy emotional inwardness and consciousness, and embodied action in dealing with this drastically altered…

163: Mormon and Gay: A Response to the New LDS Website

In late October 2016 and after  a two year development phase the Mormon and Gay website was launched at LDS.org.  Previously ‘Mormons and Gays’ was the go to place to get a sense of the church’s position on homosexuality –…

162: Suzy Benson Gillies: After the Shelf Broke – Divorce, Transition and Rediscovering Self

For Suzy Benson Gillies everything about her Mormon life seemed perfect and right.  Her family was ‘that’ family.  Stable, happy and devout.  When a belief crisis struck their family everything that gave her meaning and confidence collapsed.  She found herself negotiating…

155: Liz Johnson: The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project

The Mormon Women’s Oral History Project is based at Claremont Graduate University and seeks to build an archive of ordinary Mormon women’s stories.  Claudia Bushman – the founder of the project states: “If we want to live forever in the…

153: Daniel Parkinson & Tom Christofferson: LGBTQ Mormon Youth Suicide: A Discussion

In the last week the LDS community has been devastated by the suicides of several LGBT youth.  Because of the closeness of many in our community to the grieving families there has been an outpouring of anger, frustration and powerlessness at…