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  1. Shawn (reply)

    June 9, 2019 at 8:26 am

    How familiar so much of your journey is, know that a loving God loves you exactly as you are!! I was married for 24 years and sadly it did not end well, she asked me why I could not continue to fake it for another 24 years and then when I told her I could no longer live a lie her reply was “ I will destroy you!” It has not been easy but living free of dishonesty has been so worth it, for the first time in years I am free of guilt and depression. Some important relationships in my life were severed but I cannot force others to accept me. I didn’t come out spewing rainbows and glitter, I am who I am and having that realized by those who truly care about me has not damaged those relationships at all. Most importantly, my kids were far stronger, loving and accepting than I gave them credit for and my relationship with each of them is inseparable. Be you and be true to who you are, know you are of great worth!!

  2. Marc Drebing (reply)

    June 9, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience, even though it has been, and is painful. Being a straight man, I cannot imagine what you are going through, and I’m feel so much sorrow from the lack of support and understanding from those closest to you. I know how important it is to be, and feel connected to those we love. I am thankful for Latter Gay Stories and the hope and help it is offering to the LGBTQ community and allies like myself. These genuine “stories” help remind me that I need to show more love and more kindness to all human life! Hang in there, and if you need a family and support, we are all here for you, including my family!

  3. Laura Pulsipher (reply)

    June 9, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Thank you for sharing your story. I am sorry for the pain you are going through. You are right, you cant go back in the closet. I think it is selfish of your wife to expect you to do so. Maybe if she could read or listen to others stories she would have a better understanding of what you are going through. My hope for you is that you come out all the way. You don’t need permission to be who you are. You are loved you are strong. We are all here for you.

  4. Eden Gillespie (reply)

    June 9, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for your story. I am in quiet, sheltered Bountiful too. Count me as one resident who welcomes you! 🙂 My ward has quite a few welcoming people in it. (Also some who are not, of course.) I finally put my pride flag on our flagpole this year — one of our home health aides said, “Boy, I bet you’re driving your neighbors nuts with that flag,” but my neighbor across the street (active member) texted me out of the blue to compliment it.

    I’ve been in Bountiful my whole life minus 12 years I was in other states. BHS class of ’88. Grew up in Bountiful Central Stake, now in Bountiful South. I’m a lifelong church member, straight, cis female; Mama Dragon in spirit. Latter Gay Stories can give you my email address if you want to chat.

    I hope you’ll be able to join LGBT+ activities soon! I’ve wanted to volunteer at the Pride festival for years but things always happened to stop me. This year things piled on worse than ever– the day after I signed up for a volunteer shift, I was given advance notice of a once-only event I felt I *had* to be at to support someone. I had to change my shift twice, and when I finally went it was to clean up the day after the festival ended, but I finally made it!! I hope you will too, sooner than you think. 🙂 You’re a strong, strong person to have made it this far. And you’re still going. Well done!

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