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.
Cole and Kent | Our Real Life Gay Mormon Love Story
They're back! Cole Rasmussen (episode 145) and Kent Carollo (episode 142) sit down together—as a couple to share their story of dating, connection, and engagement.
Where do gay Latter-day Saints learn to date? Where do they learn how to navigate the world of feelings, connection, and the very real desire to be loved?
In this episode Kent and Cole describe their experience coming out, accepting and honoring their divine creation, and finding each other in the process.
Mormon Parents of a Gay Child: When Dogma Collides With Ignorance
There isn’t a manual or Sunday school lesson that teaches us how to prepare for our child’s coming out experience. For parents you often feel wholly unprepared for the news.
For many Latter-day Saints avoid this topic because we are convinced it isn’t relevant to us—because something like this doesn’t happen to families like ours. Right?
In this candid and honest episode, Glen and Sandee share their mistakes, their successes, and the experiences they’ve learned as they navigate this jou
James Kent | Aloha to Authenticity and Love
In this special outdoor episode, we sit down with James Kent in the beautiful Iao Valley on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
James shares a stunning history of Hawai'i including the native Hawai'ian’s respect to the topics of sexual orientation (aikāne) and gender identity (māhū). He also shares a tender story of his own journey. His is a message of coming out, joining Affirmation, watching his friends succumb to the AIDS epidemic, and how he has found aloha in his journey.
Aloha ia O'Koa Pa'ulo
Tommy Francesco | The Kiss That Kicked Me Out of BYU
As a convert to the church, Tommy Francesco wanted to do what was right. He studied with the missionaries, obeyed the word of wisdom, served a mission and generously gave of his time and talents—but Tommy was gay and that reality met him at every intersection in Mormonism.
One weekend at BYU, a kiss with another man changed Tommy’s life forever.
That kiss was a violation of BYU’s Honor Code. Within days, Tommy had been stripped of his academic credits and expelled as a student at BYU.
Brandon Spevak | Rearranging Everything That Was Comfortable in My Life
Brandon Spevak's life was familiar to many Latter-day Saints. He served in LDS leadership callings, he married his wife in the temple, and together they started to raise their young family.
In the midst of that journey, feelings within Brandon’s heart and soul began to expand. As he reached into the darkness his world opened up into beautiful rays of light. It led to an increase of happiness and a brand-new future.
This is a story about doing what is right and letting the consequences follow.
Tate and Kara: Our Mixed Orientation Marriage
Latter-day Saint leaders encouraged mixed orientation marriages as the only best option available to gay Mormons. Many gay Latter-day Saints used these types of marriages to diffuse their feelings of same-gender attraction.
Tate and Kara share their experience in a mixed orientation marriage. They discuss the four essential characteristics that help to make a marriage like theirs successful: open communication, a high level of personal commitment, adaptability, and a nuanced religious position.
This podcast has been a lifeline for me. So well done. Thank you.
I love hearing these stories. I truly believe as we share and listen to each other’s stories, we can learn to love and respect even those who live and believe very differently than we do. As an LDS woman I am really gaining a lot by better understanding The LGBTQ+ community. This podcast is one of my go-tos for learning and understanding better what me lgbtq brothers and sisters in the gospel are experiencing.
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We stumbled upon this podcast after seeing a post on Facebook. This message is so desperately needed. As allies to the LGBT community, we support you 100%.