775-776: Mormon Stories Interviews Fired BYU-I Professor & LGBT Ally Ruthie Robertson

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Ruthie Robertson ignited a nationwide firestorm when she revealed she was fired as an adjunct professor at BYU-Idaho for an LGBTQ-supportive Facebook post on her private page.  During these episodes …

770-773: Laurie Lee Hall – Standing in my truth, Walking in my faith

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In these episodes of Mormon Stories, we interview former LDS Stake President and LDS Chief Architect Laurie Lee Hall. Laurie Lee’s story is fascinating on many levels: Laurie Lee worked …

759: The Courage of Savannah

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In this episode of Mormon Stories we interview Savannah and her mother, Heather.  Savannah recently generated international media attention when she came out as gay to her Mormon ward (congregation) in …

754-756: Jen Parkinson – Living in a Mixed-Orientation and a Mixed-Faith Marriage

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We are excited to release an interview with Jen Parkinson that has many fascinating components, including: Her devout LDS upbringing and bout with perfectionism while a youth and as a …

743: London Flynn – Transitioning from male to female as a post-Mormon teen

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Concluding our series on Transgender/Intersex issues within Mormonism, we interview London Flynn.  London discusses her transition from male to female as a post-Mormon teen, including: Her desires and behaviors she …

740: Alex Autry – Transitioning from female to male as a post-Mormon teen

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In this episode of Mormon Stories, we continue our series on Transgender/Intersex education within Mormonism by interviewing Alex Autry.  Alex discusses his transition from female to male as a post-Mormon …

739: Mormon Transgender Experiences

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In this episode, John and Margi interview four individuals who are transgender and either active LDS or former LDS.  Our panelists for this interview are Kimberly, Ann, Emmett, and Augustus.  …

735-738: Kimberly Anderson’s Journey from Living 45 Years as a Mormon Man to Living Openly as a Woman

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Kimberly Anderson is a self-actualized woman who has made the change from living for 45 years as a Mormon man to living openly as a woman.  Before her transition, she …

731: Meg and Jake Abhau’s meeting with LDS Apostle D. Todd Christofferson about LGBT issues

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As part of our series on meetings with Mormon General Authorities, we interview Meg and Jake Abhau as they relay the story of their September 2013 meeting with Mormon Apostle …

727-730 Nicki and Lance Miles’ epic Mormon transition and their meeting with Elder Marlin K. Jensen

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As part of our series on meetings with Mormon General Authorities, we interview Lance and Nicki Miles. Lance and Nicki’s story four-part story has so many compelling (and epic!) components, including: …

721-722: Utah’s Escalating Suicide Crisis and LDS LGBT Despair

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Panelists Wendy & Thomas Montgomery and Daniel Parkinson delve into topics related to Utah’s escalating suicide crisis and the feeling of despair that many LDS LGBT individuals experience. Part 1: …

701-704: Kim Sandberg Turner, Founder of WOCA – Navigating a Mormon faith transition as a grandparent

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Kim Sandberg Turner is the founder of Women of a Certain Age (WOCA) – a network of support communities for 40+ post-Mormon women.  In this four part episode, Kim discusses: Part …

680-681: Stephen Urquhart – Former Utah State Senator on LDS Church Influence in the Utah Legislature

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Stephen Urquhart was raised in Houston, Texas, where he and his family converted to the LDS church after the suicide of his older brother.  After serving an LDS mission in …

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 …

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

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Jacob 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. …

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 …

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 …

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.     …

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 …

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 …