What is it like to be gay? Am I alone in this journey? How do I reconcile my faith and my sexuality? Is leaving my religion to find happiness even possible?
Welcome to Latter Gay Stories! We're a podcast featuring real people, real stories, and real talk! We discuss life inside and outside of the closet—and living your best and most authentic LGBTQ+ self. You are not alone. You are not broken. And your best days are ahead.
Most of our guests have a background in Mormonism and we discuss how a variety of religious traditions influence the queer journey.
Dan and Sara Fisk | Being Prepared for Allyship
In 1998, the Fisk family faced what some might call a dilemma. A relative of theirs came out. Having been raised orthodox Mormon, Dan and Sara grappled with numerous questions: How should they navigate this news? What would the future of their relationship with their loved one look like? How could they move forward without sacrificing their standing in the Church?
As you listen, you will learn from the Fisk's story.
For the Fisk family, Mormonism had always been central to them, then everything changed in 2017 when someone even closer to them came out: their daughter.
What happens when you allow yourself to lift, support, and love someone different than you?
The Fisks share their story.
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Jacob Lambert | I Came Out by Inviting People In
Jacob Lambert's story is about finding support from those around you. Raised in an active Latter-Day Saint family, Jacob’s world view shifted when he began to figure out that he was gay at 16 years old.
Despite his awareness of his sexuality, Jacob felt inspired to serve a mission and attend BYU. Little by little, as he let people in he felt more comfortable and confident in his identity and eventually decided to come out on Instagram in June of 2021.
As his religious views began to shift, Jacob decided that part of living authentically and honestly would involve transferring out of BYU and being more open about his beliefs. Throughout his journey, Jacob decided to let people in and received mixed responses, but decided to listen most to those who loved him unconditionally.
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Cameron Call | Breaking Out of Mormon Expectation
Cameron Call grew up in Queen Creek, Arizona. He served a mission in Nashville, Tennessee—the same mission as his father. He married a woman in a Mesa Temple and has three children. He came out to his wife in 2018 after ten years of marriage and they decided to divorce in 2019.
He and his ex-wife are helping their kids discover the beauties of life both in and outside of the Mormon church. This is his story of trying to meet the expectations of religion, life and society—and learning that there is happiness and joy in all the places he was promised it didn't exist.
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Richard and Josh | A Love Story
In the final episode of our three-part story, Josh and Richard share the couch as a couple! They talk about dating, separating religion from their reality, family, navigating a vulnerable part of their lives, and MARRIAGE!
They reflect on what they have learned through this journey, how their lives have changed, and what they hope for the future.
Catch episodes 181 and 182 to hear Josh and Richard’s individual stories.
Josh Castro-Mitchell | From the Philippines to Utah: Finding My Happiness
Josh was thriving as a young, out, gay teen in the Philippines, but Mormon missionaries knocked on his door and he and his family ended up joining the Church. Soon after, his mother married a man from Utah, and Josh found himself living in a small religious town in Northern Utah.
His life went from being openly gay and accepted to hiding his sexuality and being an ethnic minority in a community of opinionated Mormon farmers. Utah forced him to hide inside a “shell” because he found it impossible to live who he really was. In this interview Josh shares what he experienced as a convert from Catholicism to Mormonism, how he navigated homophobia in a small Utah town, and where he’s at today—including his intergenerational, interracial, same sex marriage.
This is part two of a three-part series beginning with episode 181.
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Richard Mitchell | When A Mormon Bishop Comes Out
What happens when a former Mormon bishop can no longer stay closeted and hidden? He grabs the door-handle, walks through that door and into a world he’s avoided his whole life.
Richard Mitchell was a very active, stalwart Latter-day Saint. He married a woman, had children, served in the church (including as Bishop) and tried to use the promises of Mormonism to “change” his sexual orientation. But was the “Mormon Message” sustainable for him?
In this three-episode series, Richard shares a candid look into his journey through church leadership, marriage and divorce, navigating life outside of social and religious expectations, and so much more!
Part Two of the series is Richard’s husband Josh and Part Three will be the couple sharing their stories as married men (including some juicy details about their wedding!)
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Black Menaces, such an important perspective
Amazing to hear from the Menaces. Thank you for sharing your perspective.
This podcast has been a lifeline for me. So well done. Thank you.
ETA: I’m still eagerly awaiting new episodes whenever they drop, three years later. Such great content. Really makes me feel less alone.
Appreciation from a parent
Thank you for your willingness to be venerable and open about your experiences.
One of my young kids is more than likely trans (he likes to dress feminine and relates to female characters (he won’t have anything to do with most male characters). In his play he always chooses to be a female character. He has autism and communicating complex abstract ideas and opinions is very difficult for him.
Episode 158 with Chris helped me understand a little better what he might be feeling on the inside and how to phrase questions to him and relate to him from a more educated point of view so I can better understand who he is on the inside and support him in being his (or her) most authentic self.