You're at the intersection of sexuality and reality--this is Latter Gay Stories! A podcast and resource blog featuring real people, real stories, and real talk! We discuss life inside and outside of the closet, coming out, and families, religion, dating, and best of all--living your best and most authentic self.
Miles and Jim | Giving Ourselves the Permission to Thrive
Jim White and Miles Hunsaker label themselves as "late-bloomers." They came out later in life: both were married to women, with children. They each held high callings in the LDS Church and both worked to reconcile their religious teachings with what their heart testified to them.
In this episode, Jim and Miles take a deep dive into personal experiences, what they did to navigate the rocky waters of uncertainty, and what led them to each other.
Jennifer and Shaunie | Stepping Across Lines To Embrace Our Happiness
Shaunie Schow was a small-town Idaho woman who served as a Relief Society President and in the Stake Relief Society presidency.
Jennifer Saunders was the complete opposite.
Individually, they navigated their desires to love and be loved. They both worked to do good in the world and to cultivate Christlike attributes.
Together, they found the measure of their creation.
This is story of hope, of love, and of rising above the expectations of a community to live an authentic and honest life.
David Staker and Rob Schopke: Finding Ourselves and Finding Each Other
“We were not only gay. We were not only married. But we were also attending Church—with our children, and the Church didn’t know how to handle all of that. It took a couple of General Authorities to determine the fate of our family…and then November 2015 happened.”
Rob Schopke & David Staker sit down with the Latter Gay Stories podcast to share their journey.
Each divorced from marriages married to women.
Each worked to find happiness and fulfillment.
Each found each other.
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Tiana Matson | How Coming Out to my Mission President Changed My Life
Tiana story is similar to many others in her shoes. She knew from a very early age that she was different. What did that difference mean? And how do you explain something that you can’t define?
Following the path laid for her, Tiana served a mission and it was in a discussion with her Mission President that she acknowledged what that “difference” was.
This is her story about leaving her mission early and making difficult decisions to help her find peace, happiness, and her best future.
Bernie Jessop: From Mormonism to Polygamy: How A Gay Man Found His Path
He was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and in a turn of events Bernie was excommunicated. His excommunication didn’t come because he is gay—that would come later—but because he joined a fundamentalist polygamous church.
How does someone who knows he is gay, decide to enter into polygamy? Watch this episode to find out.
The video version of this story is also available on the LatterGayStories YouTube channel (please subscribe) and online at LatterGayStories.org.
131: Laura Root | My Story of Happiness and Joy
For many it’s a familiar story: active Latter-day Saint, hiding the feelings of same-sex attraction, and doing the things society requires of you to remain “normal”.
Laura Root shares her story of hope, love, pain and progress. Hers is a story of finding a path that is her own and at the same time staying close to her faith and her personal revelation.
Laura came out while serving as a RS President in her ward. The sisters gave her a bridal shower, and shortly after she was excommunicated.
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