Category: Homosexuality

650-652: One Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Mormon Transition

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In this epic, three-part interview with Paul, Lisa, and Kyle, we learn about one ordinary Mormon family’s extraordinary Mormon transition. Topics covered in this episode include: Living as an orthodox Mormon family in rural Utah. Dealing with a crisis of…

648: Missionaries Pt. 6: Jacob Hampton – Sent Home Early for Cuddling with Zone Leader

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Jacob Hampton realized he was gay only a few months before he left for his LDS mission. He served in the San Jose, Costa Rica mission from August 2012 to September 2013. While serving in Costa Rica, a zone leader…

645: Missionaries Pt. 3: Mike Woodruff – Gay, Abused on Mission, PTSD, Early Return

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Mike Woodruff knew that he was attracted to men by age 14. After consulting with his LDS bishop, he was told that his “same-sex attraction” would “resolve itself” once he served an LDS mission. His LDS patriarchal blessing also assured…

637: The Mama Dragons and the Mama Dragon Story Project

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The Mama Dragons group consists of almost 1,000 Mormon, post-Mormon, and now never-Mormon women who are dedicated to: Loving their LGBT children. Preventing LGBT youth suicide. Supporting parents of LGBT children to better love and support their children. Rescuing rejected…

635: Mormons Respond to Tyler Glenn’s Controversial “Trash” Music Video

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In this episode five Mormons (Dr. Jana Riess, Samy Galvez, Dr. Kristy Money, Derrick Clements, and Samantha Louise Shelley) discuss, explore, and interpret Tyler Glenn’s new and controversial music video entitled “Trash.” Trash Lyrics.     Trash Video:

631-633: Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees

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Tyler Glenn is best known as the lead singer of the multi-platinum alternative pop band Neon Trees. Tyler was raised LDS/Mormon in Temecula, California.  After discovering a love for music in high school and serving an LDS mission, Tyler moved to…

625-626: Surviving Reparative Therapy with Alex Cooper, “Saving Alex” Author

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This is a recording of my interview with Alex Cooper recorded on March 16, 2016 at Velour in Provo, Utah.  Alex Cooper, along with Dr. Joanna Brooks, are the co-authors of the new book Saving Alex.  Alex was accompanied in…

623: Elizabeth Grimshaw – Facing LDS Excommunication for being Same-Sex Married

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Elizabeth Grimshaw was raised Mormon. She knew she was lesbian as a teenager, but spent her early years (teens and 20s) attempting to date men and to marry a man. In her early 30s, after many failed attempts to be…

620: Pathways to Health and Healing for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Mormons – A Study of 1612 LGBT Mormons

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This episode is a re-broadcast of the Mormons Building Bridges Community Conversation featuring Dr. Bill Bradshaw and Dr. John Parkinson Dehlin as they summarized the major findings from their 2011 survey of LGBTQ Latter-day Saints.   The discussion was recorded…

BONUS: Dallin H. Oaks Addresses the Mormon LGBT Suicide Epidemic

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Note: If you or anyone you love is at risk for suicide, please refer to these valuable tips on preventing LGBT suicide. Speaker: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: The Free Exercise of…

BONUS: Elder Dallin H. Oaks on Religious Freedom (and Mormon LGBT Suicide)

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Speaker: Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Apostles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Title: The Free Exercise of Religion in Our Time Date: February 9 2016 Location: Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies Description: Freedom of religion is…

597-598: Mindy and Dustin Gledhill, and their New Project — Hive Riot

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In this three-part series we interview pop artist Mindy Gledhill and classical pianist Dustin Gledhill regarding their new electronic synth-pop project called Hive Riot. In Part 1 we explore Mindy and Dustin’s respective stories as Mormons, along with their careers as successful musical…

BONUS: Ken Jennings Denounces LDS Church Policy on Same-Sex Relationships and Children

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On today’s Savage Lovecast (hosted by Dan Savage), Jeopardy champion and active LDS Church member Ken Jennings publicly denounced the recent LDS Church policy changes regarding same-gender relationships and children.  He also explained why he remains LDS in spite of disagreements he…

586-587: Responding to the LDS Church’s Clarification on its Same-Gender Marriage and Children Policies

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Today the LDS Church released a clarification to the new policies on same-gender marriage and children.  Michael Otterson (Managing Director of LDS Church Public Relations) also released a memo entitled “Understanding the Handbook.” To analyze the clarification and memo, have have assembled a…

585: Eric Reeves, Son of LDS Relief Society General Presidency 2nd Counselor Linda S. Reeves, Encourages Open Opposition to LDS Church SGA Policy Changes

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Eric Reeves is the son of LDS Relief Society General Presidency Member Linda S. Reeves and former LDS mission president Melvyn Reeves. In this episode Eric discusses: His early years in the church, his loss of faith in the LDS church, and how…

584: RadioWest Discussion of The New LDS Church Policy on Same-Sex Families

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News broke last week that the LDS Church was adopting new policies aimed at married same-sex couples and their children. Mormons in a same-sex marriage will now be considered apostates and could be subject to disciplinary hearings and excommunication. Their…

583: Changes to LDS Policy Regarding Same-Gender Relationships and Children

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In this episode we discuss the recent changes to LDS Handbook 1 regarding LGBT members who enter into same-gender relationships, and their children.  Panelists include Natasha Helfer Parker, Dr. Kristy Money, Dr. J. Nelson Seawright, and Dr. John Dehlin. A…

559-560: Michael Adam Ferguson, J Seth Anderson, and their Fight Against Gay Conversion Therapy

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J Seth Anderson and Michael Adam Ferguson were catapulted into the public spotlight when they became the first same-sex couple to be legally married by the state of Utah. Seth and Michael both grew up in LDS homes, completed full-time…

541: LDS Church is Now Excommunicating Legally Same-Sex Married Members – Taylor Knuth-Bishop

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Taylor Knuth-Bishop was an active LDS Church member and seminary graduate who considered himself “heterosexual with same-sex attraction” until he met the love of his life, Sean Knuth-Bishop. Taylor and Sean fell in love and were eventually legally married during…

518-519: Clark Johnsen – From BYU to Broadway’s Book of Mormon Musical

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In this hilarious and touching episode of Mormon Stories, John Dehlin interviews Clark Johnson, an original cast member in the hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon. In part one, Clark shares his experience as a young gay Mormon coming from a conservative…