019: Alex Shafer | Part 1: on repeated efforts to overcome same sex attraction with reparative therapy and entering a marriage

In part 1 of 2 Alex talks about his normal childhood and adolescence becoming less normal when he starts trying to overcome same sex attractions.  This shapes his late adolescence, college and mission years as he repeatedly attempts different efforts … Read the rest here

018: Curtis Cloward | Part 2: self-destruction, on the shame of excommunication, on divorce, starting over and regaining his family

This series continues with Nathan and Jefferson’s father Curtis Cloward. In this episode, pt. 2 of 2 with Curtis, he discusses his on-going battle to overcome homosexuality, following counsel of Bishops and BYU therapists to marry as a means to … Read the rest here

017: Curtis Cloward | Part 1: Learning to to compartmentalize and trying to “fight the gay” as a youth and as a missionary

This series continues with Nathan and Jefferson’s father Curtis Cloward. In this episode, pt. 1 of 2 with Curtis, he discusses how his happy childhood rolled over into a very troubled adolescence marked by shame and fear about his sexuality, … Read the rest here

013: Nathan and Jefferson Cloward | Part 2: Our dad is gay, managing their faith crises and moving forward with stronger family ties

The next few podcast interviews at Gay Mormon Stories will feature a gay man, his ex-wife and 2 of their adult sons. The first installment is a 2 part interview with brothers Jefferson and Nathan Cloward.  In part 2 they talk … Read the rest here

012: Nathan and Jefferson Cloward | Part 1: Growing up Mormon with a gay father and their mission to save him

The next few podcast interviews at Gay Mormon Stories will feature a gay man, his ex-wife and 2 of their adult sons.  The first installment is a 2 part interview with brothers Jefferson and Nathan Cloward.  In part 1 they … Read the rest here

011: Cary Crall | Part 3: on affirming and pushing limits at BYU, moving on to Harvard and engaging in activism

In part 3 of 3 Cary Crall talks with Gay Mormon Stories about his last year at BYU where dating was dangerous, watching his other gay friends succeed or fail, and noting the role that family acceptance plays, starting medical … Read the rest here

010: Cary Crall | Part 2: on Prop 8, speaking out and media attention, coming out gay at BYU

In part 2 of this 3 part series Cary Crall talks about meeting other gay men while at BYU, developing his gay identity, coming out to friends and family, dealing with Prop 8, and writing a letter to the editor … Read the rest here

009: Cary Crall | Part 1: on his successes and demons as a youth, a mission and as a BYU student

In part 1 of this 3 part series, Cary Crall discusses his trouble-free childhood, his adolescence where he turned his internal turmoil into a drive for achievement and acceptance, his mission, and his BYU experience where he tried to make … Read the rest here

08: John Gustav Wrathall | Part 4: Return to Mormonism, and his surprising path to parenthood

In part 4 of 4 John discusses with Gay Mormon Stories two surprising turns in his life:  returning to Mormonism as a gay man in a gay marriage, and his unexpected role as a foster father to a gay teen. … Read the rest here

07: John Gustav-Wrathall | Part 3: on living as a gay man, his gay marriage, and acceptance by family

In part 3 of 4, John talks about embarking on his life as an openly gay man, dating, finding love and living in a gay marriage, completing his dissertation on the YMCA, and finding love and acceptance from his very … Read the rest here