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You're at the intersection of sexuality and religion—this is Latter Gay Stories! A podcast featuring real people, real stories, and real talk! We discuss life inside and outside of the closet, families, religion, dating, and best of all—living your best and most authentic LGBTQ+ self.

Most of our guest have a background in Mormonism and we discuss how a variety of religious backgrounds and traditions influence this journey.

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    • 4.8 • 101 Ratings

You're at the intersection of sexuality and religion—this is Latter Gay Stories! A podcast featuring real people, real stories, and real talk! We discuss life inside and outside of the closet, families, religion, dating, and best of all—living your best and most authentic LGBTQ+ self.

Most of our guest have a background in Mormonism and we discuss how a variety of religious backgrounds and traditions influence this journey.

    Carol Lynn Pearson | Loving My Gay Husband To Eternity

    Carol Lynn Pearson | Loving My Gay Husband To Eternity

    Carol Lynn Pearson is a Mormon icon. In the early 1960’s two monumental experiences happened in her life: she married Gerald, a gay man—and she published her first book.
    From that first publishing—and her relationship with her gay husband—Carol Lynn Pearson forged a path forward for Latter-day Saints to better understand the LGBTQ experience. Her life has been a lesson of love, compassion, understanding and advocacy.
    Escaping the gazing eyes of Utah Mormons, the Pearson’s left Salt Lake City and settled in California to allow their little family the opportunity to embrace the unknown and to grow in uncertainty.
    Through her best-selling book, “Goodbye, I Love You”, Carol Lynn allowed the world too peer into the Pearson family story. For the first time a well known Latter-day Saint family was openly talking about homosexuality, mixed orientation marriage, kindness, advocacy, harmful doctrine and more.
    In this episode Carol Lynn sits down with Kyle to dive deeper into that journey, discuss the impact it had on Mormonism, and how marrying a gay man changed her life.

    #LatterGayStories #CarolLynnPearson #Family #Love #ChurchOfJesusChristofLatterDaySaints 

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Laurie Lee Hall | From Temples to Transformation

    Laurie Lee Hall | From Temples to Transformation

    At age five Laurie Lee Hall knew she was different, but she didn’t have words for what the “difference” was. For her, language—and better understanding wouldn’t come until many decades later.
    Few transgender people have had more influence on Mormonism than Laurie Lee Hall. Prior to (and sometimes during) her process of transition she served as a Bishop, Stake President, and Chief Architect for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She designed numerous temples, chapels, designed the rebuilding of the Provo City Center Temple, and the design of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah.
    Did the First Presidency and other Church officials know she was transgender? Yes! And how they interacted and treated her is part of this interview.
    Laurie’s story is fascinating look at Mormonism, the inner workings of the church, and how honesty and authenticity create incredibly beautiful and resilient people.
    #LaurieLeeHall #LDSChurch #Transgender #FirstPresidency #ProvoTemple #LatterGayStories

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Weston Smith | Gay Mormon Missionary: Survivor

    Weston Smith | Gay Mormon Missionary: Survivor

    Weston Smith came out as gay while his dad was serving as a bishop in the Mormon church. His parents were understanding, but navigating life a gay Mormon teen, trying to better understand your sexuality, and remain the “best” Mormon possible is often a recipe for disaster.
    Weston was no stranger to the turmoil that often comes from being gay and Mormon—a situation, for Wes, that led to serious suicidal ideation. He ultimately decided to serve a mission as an “out” gay Mormon, but even in the mission field the suicidal thoughts persisted. It was there, on his mission, that he resolved to leave the church and live an authentic, happy life.
    After leaving his mission early and finding complete familial support, Weston has thrived. He recently published a memoir titled, ”This Body of Water”, detailing his journey and what the future looks like for him.
    A copy of Weston’s book is available at WestonSmithBooks.com.
    Weston's father, Evan, shared his individual story with LatterGayStories as episode 166 on this podcast. 
    #LatterGayStories #ThisBodyofWater #WestonSmith #Love #Honesty    

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Evan Smith | From Stake Presidency to LGBTQ+ Ally and Beyond

    Evan Smith | From Stake Presidency to LGBTQ+ Ally and Beyond

    Evan Smith met the intersection of sexuality and religion while serving as an LDS Bishop and eventually in a Stake Presidency. It didn’t take long before Evan began to better understand the difficult and impossible restraints the Church’s policies and doctrines place on LGBTQ Mormons.
    In the midst of these dichotomies, Evan, and his wife, Cheryl learned that their own son, Weston, was gay.
    The Smiths learned that understanding and advocating for LGBTQ people takes a sharp turn when someone close to you is directly impacted by this topic. As a result, Evan and Cheryl became allies and advocates for queer Mormons, and Evan used his position in his Stake Presidency to directly discuss this topic with General Authorities and Latter-day Saint congregations.
    In this episode, Evan candidly shares his discussions with Church leadership, what his family has learned having a gay son, his current membership status in the Mormon church, and what we can all do to better understand the LGBTQ experience.
    Evan Smith is also the author of Gay Latter-day Saint Crossroads, a book he acknowledges was written to explain, and hopefully do something productive with the pain that comes from the church’s teachings about sexual orientation and gender identity. The book also explores whether the church’s current position on gay sexual behavior is more reflective of human prejudice than it is of divine truth. Evan also uses the book to try to make amends for any harm he caused in the past as a leader in the church.
    Download the book for FREE by visiting www.GayLDSCrossroads.org
    #GayMormon #LatterGayStories #QueerLatterDaySaint #MormonLeader #GayLDSCrossroads

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Paul Bird | Finding My Balance As a Gay Mormon

    Paul Bird | Finding My Balance As a Gay Mormon

    For orthodox Christians, especially Latter-day Saints, Paul Bird’s life doesn’t fit the mold. He admittedly loves the Word of Wisdom, but loathes the Law of Chastity. And that is where is story blossoms.
    Paul is from Tucson, Arizona. He grew up Mormon and, in the closet. He decided to come out when the exclusion policy was leaked in November 2015.
    Paul shares a candid story about sex, agency, chastity, charity, love, and carving a way through Mormonism that works for him. As an active, non-temple recommend holding Mormon, Paul details where his journey has taken him and the joy he’s found along the path.
    #LatterGayStories #PaulBird #GayMormon 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Josh Morris | An Honest Conversation About Being Gay

    Josh Morris | An Honest Conversation About Being Gay

    Josh Morris was raised in a very small, rural Utah community. Living as a closeted gay teen, in a predominately Mormon town leaves a lot to be desired. The community isn't rich with diversity or opportunity when it comes to understanding your sexuality. In this episode Josh candidly shares his story. He opens up about the good, the bad, the mistakes, and eventually--the successes.
    How do you come out (and thrive) to your Mormon family, who believes in religious and organizational fundamentalism?
    #LatterGayStories #EphraimUtah #Fundementalism #Mormon

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
101 Ratings

101 Ratings

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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.

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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.
Thank you
Mary

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