056: Edward Jones | Part 1: Coming out, drug addiction, recovery, leaving and returning to Mormonism

In part 1 of 2 Edward Jones sits down with Gay Mormon Stories podcast to discuss his journey from being a believing Mormon, coming out and leaving the church, drug addiction and how Heavenly Mother rescued him. Edward also shares … Read the rest here

055: God’s Affirmation: Featured presentation at the 2013 Affirmation Conference

As I have been conducting interviews for Gay Mormon Stories, I have been impacted by a phenomenon that has been striking and consistent: if we are open to it, God will affirm us as LGBT individuals and give us a … Read the rest here

054: Matt Salmon | Part 2: Forced out of the church, finding resolution with his family, and pursuing medicine

In part 2 of 2 Matt talks about feeling unwelcome at church, and the impact of Prop 8, his research into church history and his loss of belief, his resolution with his family, his pursuit of a career in medicine, … Read the rest here

053: Matt Salmon | Part 1: Reparative therapy and ecclesiastical abuse and finally confirming God’s acceptance

In part 1 of 2 Matt Salmon discusses his Mormon upbringing in a political family in Arizona, his intense efforts to conform to his religion, the ecclesiastical abuse that included disqualifying him from serving a mission due to his homosexuality, … Read the rest here

051: Sam Noble | Part 2: accepting his homosexuality, coming out, and assessing his religion

In part 2 of 3 Sam Noble shares with Gay Mormon Stories podcast his journey of self-acceptance, coming to terms with his sexuality, coming out to his family, and his realization that God wants him to pursue a same-sex marriage.… Read the rest here

050: Sam Noble | Part 1: on growing up Mormon, dealing with his sexuality, his mission and BYU

In part 1 of 3 Sam discusses his adolescence as a young gay man in Mormonism, his mission, and his BYU experience, and Sam dives into a discussion focusing on the unusually positive experience he had with church leaders and … Read the rest here

048: Justin Utley | Part 2: on difficulties of coming out, dealing with suicide, accepting himself, moving forward

In part 2 of 3 Justin discusses some very difficult experiences including the suicide of his boyfriend, bad guidance from bishops, losing his job due to discrimination, his own suicidality, finally coming to terms with himself, moving forward, and moving … Read the rest here

047: Justin Utley | Part 1: on growing up Mormon, his struggles, his early music and his involvement in Evergreen

In part 1 of 3 musician/song writer, Justin Utley, talks about growing up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his difficulties dealing with his orientation, his mission, and his very early success in the … Read the rest here