HBO’s VICE News crew recently tagged along with our team during a Mormon Stories Retreat and live interview as part of their story on LGBT Mormons and the LDS Church’s views on same-sex marriage.  We’re excited that the work of the Open Stories Foundation was highlighted as a valuable resource to help Mormons deal with the most difficult aspects of walking away from Mormonism, as well as the Mama Dragons who promote healthy, loving, and supportive environments for mothers of LGBTQIA children.

We invite you to watch the documentary below!  Our efforts would not be possible without the generous contributions of our supporters and we’re excited to help elevate this important subject in the national conversation.


  1. Rebecca Jensen January 4, 2018 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Outstanding. You are making a profound difference. I salute you and support you. Please keep fighting the good fight. Thank you.

  2. Kimo January 4, 2018 at 11:14 pm - Reply

    Well done John! Thanks for your efforts.

  3. Elder Van Halen January 5, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Great news story John. Your consistent work and connections with other groups (like the Momma Dragons) is helping to introduce a more compassionate point of view for many Mormons and post Mormons who struggle with the church’s stand on several important societal issues, including the policies for LGBT. I only found Mormon Stories in 2015, but am glad to be a donor for a full year now and hope to help in any way from my pseudonym mask since I am navigating a mixed faith marriage.

    Thanks for a great Mormon Stories year in 2017. Looking forward to more to come in 2018!


  4. Mansfield January 5, 2018 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Vice? The New York Times ran a lengthy article last month on Vice:

    Cutting-Edge Media and Allegations
    of Old-School Sexual Harassment

    A media company built on subversion
    and outlandishness was unable to create
    “a safe and inclusive workplace” for
    women, two of its founders acknowledge.

    By EMILY STEEL DEC. 23, 2017

  5. Dwayne January 6, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Straight people do not want romantically approached by gay people. If there were a way to fix that, I think most of the problem would disappear. I know many will attack my opinion with hate speech directed toward me but I stand by this. It’s not a cure all fix but it would be a positive step.

    • Doubting Thomas January 7, 2018 at 5:50 pm - Reply


      I’m not attacking you when I say that is the craziest thing I’ve read in a long time. Unless you are just one incredibly handsome, sexy, and charismatic man, I can’t imagine that ANY gay man has approached you romantically. Seriously, if this has happened, how many times has it taken place to make you feel this is the major cause of discrimination against LGBTQ individuals?

    • Holly January 8, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      There is actually a fix already in place . When someone hits on you and you are not interested in them, please reply: No thank you. I am not interested. Another option is to stop dressing like walking pornography. That rainbow belt is sending a conflicting message.

    • RLeeG January 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Is this a situation you find yourself in a lot Dwayne? If so, I’d take it as a compliment.

    • Wondering Wanderer January 9, 2018 at 9:41 am - Reply

      You say you are having trouble with unwanted advances from men? No one believes you? No one thinks such a problem exists? If they believe it does exist, people say, “What’s the big deal?” or “Oh, well, boys will be boys.” Welcome to the everyday life of a woman, Dwayne.

  6. beth January 7, 2018 at 8:00 am - Reply

    Well done Jon, you’re doing a wonderful job, thanks for all of your efforts.

  7. Trent January 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Honest and sincere questions here. How fluid should the Church be in it’s policies? Of those of you who have left, would you return if the Church changed the policy on same sex marriage and allowed same sex couples to be sealed in the Temple? How do you view those that do not believe in same sex relationships/marriages.

    I truly try to have empathy and understanding for those in this situation because I can only imagine the conflict, heartache, and all those other emotions churning inside , and because I have hard time accepting that gay is a choice. But yet, I simply don’t believe it to be right. Because I don’t believe in it, does that make me a “hater”? Does it make me “confused”? I have no intention of accepting it, but I have every intention of being as respectful as I can. So does this make me a bigot?

    Not trying to stir things up and I’m not trying to be disrespectful to anyone, just wanting to understand differing views.

    • cl_rand January 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

      Trent asks, “How do you view those that do not believe in same sex relationships/marriages.” I ask, what does belief have to do with sexual attraction? At what point, Trent, did you “choose” who you were attracted to and what do my “beliefs” have to do with it?

      • Trent January 23, 2018 at 2:52 pm - Reply

        Your reply makes absolutely no sense. Maybe you should have read my post a couple of times and given it some careful thought before responding.

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