Conversations about the religious and spiritual life on the other side of fundamentalism
194:  Dancing Like No One’s Watching:  John Bonner

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

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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 trying to make sense of his young self in a religious and social context in which his kind of burgeoning manhood was daily rejected.

His story is heartbreaking but coloured with moments of delight as he gradually learns to accept, understand, and love himself notwithstanding a faith tradition that has shown how little it values him.


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