Latter Gay Stories
Summary: 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.
We often hear stories about the first four letters of the L-G-B-T community, but rarely do we have the opportunity to hear stories from those who identify with the other letters, like A as in asexual. In this episode we sit down with Chad and Matt to discuss their sexuality and their reality. Their interview is genuine, wholesome and rich in continual nuggets of shared wisdom and experience. Join the online conversation on our Facebook page: Latter Gay Stories
Deb Asper is a marriage and family therapist specializing in LGBT therapy and LGBT trauma. She’s a gem—and an asset to the community. Her dedication to seeing that the LGBT community thrives is evident in her actions. She loves you. She wants to see you succeed, she’s in your corner. In this episode Deb cuts through a lot of life's rhetoric to help you begin healing from the difficulties of your situations. She is an expert in EDMR therapy used for mitigating trauma.
Nathan Kitchen is the current President of Affirmation and Laurie Lee Hall serves as the Senior Vice President of Affirmation. The duo discuss their vision for Affirmation and their hope for the future of LGBT people. Laurie Lee Hall, the former Chief Architect for the Church is a modern day miracle. The spaces she created for the LDS church include the newly constructed Provo MTC, the historic Tabernacle, chapels, temples, and even the famed Provo City Center Temple.
102: Greg Barnett | The vital role of love, inclusion and understanding the journey each of us navigate. Greg Barnett sits down with the Latter Gay Stories podcast to share his experience navigating life as a gay man—in and out of the LDS Church. Greg was asked to give an LGBT themed talk in a sacrament meeting. He shares that talk in this episode, what he’s learned along the way and what each of us can do to make the intersection of LDS Street and LGBTQ Avenue a friendlier place.
Jody Hansen is a suicide prevention educator sharing the QPR program to wards, stakes, and community groups throughout the state of Utah and beyond. In this episode, the Latter Gay Stories Podcast sits down with Jody to discuss ways to better educate against suicide and what we can do to help prevent this epidemic from further reaching into our families. Additionally, we discuss the LDS Church’s rescission of the 2015 Policy of Exclusion and the impact it made to the LGBTQ community.
At age three, Tyler knew he was different. His family knew he was different. Fourteen years later, Tyler and his dad sit down with Latter Gay Stories to share their journey as a trans family. Tyler talks about bathrooms, boys, church dresses, therapy, coming out, and bishop’s interviews. Drew share experiences advocating for the LGBT community even before his then daughter—now son transitioned. He shares the difficult parts of religion and what we can do to better understand this topic.
Aaron & Marie Jones, the parents of a lesbian daughter share a raw and candid discussion detailing their personal journey through sexuality and religion. He’s a former bishop, she’s an educator and wife in a rural, conservative, Utah community--factors that make any coming out experience difficult, at best. The Jones’ discuss their journey with the LGBT community, their own 'coming out' experience, and what they want the LDS community to know about the power of loving people, unconditionally.
Kyle and Reece Jacobson join the Latter Gay Stories podcast to share their journey and story! Kyle discusses his experience with the Journey Into Manhood (JIM) reparative therapy program, he gives advice to church leaders, what authenticity feels like and how he’s found happiness. Reece talks about his mission, trying to find his place in life as a closeted teen, and swiping right on Tinder—an experience that would change his life forever. Catch the FB page or YouTube channel for bonus vid
Just when you think it is impossible to be gay and an active LDS, you find a person like Devin. He’s gay, he’s a future doctor, a primary teacher in his LDS ward and he’s busting the mold of what it looks like to be Latter-day gay. Devin has chosen to do what feels right, even if it defies the norms—and sometimes the rules.
From time to time, I like to produce a quick 10 minute or so QuickCast that shares a few thoughts I have had during the week, or a lesson I picked up as I have interviewed guests who are featured on this podcast. On this episode I reflect on a flight I took with my son, 7 years ago. We both love to fly around in little airplanes. And on this flight we wanted to watch the sunset on Split Mountain, a rock face at Dinosaur National Monument in eastern Utah. We learned a little about perspective!
In this touching and inspiring episode of Latter Gay Stories, Kelsey Jones and Mekael Simmons share their journey as lesbian women. Both were married to men, came out to their husbands and followed their intuition forward into a path of authenticity and honesty. Now partnered, they share their candid story, their love, and their advice to others who are in a place similar to where they began.
In January of 2018, Paul Augenstein, bishop of a Riverton Utah LDS ward, and his wife, Susie opened their chapel doors one Sunday to welcome a message of hope, inclusion and love. In this podcast episode we discuss what compelled the Augensteins to reach into the LGBT community, their call to meet with LDS Church leaders in Salt Lake City, what the Augensteins are continuing to do within the LGBT community, and ideas to help you create a program similar to what they have created.
Welcome to season 8 of the Latter Gay Stories podcast, formerly the Gay Mormon Stories podcast! In this episode we welcome our new host, Kyle Ashworth and get a glimpse into his personal life, what to expect in season 8 of the podcast, and more!