136: Miles and Jim | Giving Ourselves the Permission to Thrive

Miles Hunsaker and Jim White sit down with the Latter Gay Stories podcast to share their individual stories of coming out, finding inner peace and thriving as a couple.

Both Jim and Miles 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.

This episode is also available as a video podcast. You can watch it on our YouTube channel or the interactive version of this episode  available on the LatterGayStories Facebook page.

We invite you to subscribe to this channel and to follow us on social media and our website at www.LatterGayStories.org

135: 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.

In this episode Jenn discusses her TEDtalk: “Loving Outside the Lines”.

The link to that talk is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8H1BDHvbyk

The video version of this episode is available on the LatterGayStories Facebook page and YouTube channel.

You can find more than 100 stories like this online at www.LatterGayStories.org/episodes

 

134: 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 and 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.

Give us an hour to better understand the experiences of the LGBTQ community.

The video version of this podcast is available on the Latter Gay Stories Facebook page, the LatterGayStories YouTube channel and right here on LatterGayStories.org. The audio podcast version is available everywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.

133: 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 episode is the story of her journey after leaving her mission early and making difficult decisions to help her find peace, happiness, and her best future.

Please like, share, or comment on this episode. We also invite you to subscribe to our LatterGayStories YouTube channel and LIKE the LatterGayStories Facebook page.

It is stories like this that help us build bigger and stronger bridges between the LDS and LGBTQ communities.

132: 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). The audio version of this podcast is available everywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.

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”.

But what happens when you can no longer do it all?

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 Relief Society President in her ward. The sisters in her ward threw her a bridal shower, soon after the wedding, her new bishop excommunicated her. But she found happiness in the journey. 

We invite you to share an hour and better understand Laura’s story.

Watch the video on our Facebook or YouTube channel or catch the audio podcast version everywhere you find your favorite podcasts (just search LatterGayStories and click the subscribe button).

#ComingOut #FaithAndSexuality #LatterDaySaint #GayMormon  

 

130: Tyler Lefevor | Four Option Survey: LGBTQ/LDS Research

So, you’ve heard of the 4 OPTION SURVEY, but do you know what it is? We’ve got you covered!

Tyler is an assistant professor of psychology at Rhodes College studying LGBTQ topics specific to Mormonism, his research aims to understand the mental health implications of gender, sexuality, faith, and their various intersections. As a self-identified queer Mormon, he is passionate about creating space for voices of all orientations and life paths to peacefully coexist.

Want to take the survey? Click here:  www.4optionssurvey.com

129: Keindrick Willis | My Personal, Mental and Spiritual Tug-of-War

A convert to the Church from Alabama, Keindrick did everything exactly “Mormon”. While serving a mission to New York he also identified his sexuality.

This story is Keindrick’s journey coming out, attending BYU, dealing with bigotry and finding joy in his journey.

“The pain of living closeted was greater than the pain of coming out.”

Keindrick shares his advice to members and Church leaders, and gives insight into his (multiple) experiences being turned into the BYU honor code office.

Please comment, like or share this episode to help us expand our reach. We also encourage you to rate this podcast episode and subscribe to this channel. 

127: Kyle Ashworth and Justin Utley | LifePlus Logan, Utah Event

Kyle Ashworth and Justin Utley join the Logan, Utah LIFEPLUS group to share their stories, some music and a few laughs. In this episode Justin sings songs from his newly released album, SCARS. Kyle discusses the topic of “belonging” and shares his personal story of coming out and thriving.

Justin and Kyle open the discussion to an audience Q&A—and the inquiries from the audience are powerful! Pay attention to the questions from mothers and fathers of LGBT children, church leaders, LGBT people and allies, and the responses they received from the speakers.

“This discussion was powerful and changed my whole perspective” -attendee