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.
Tom Christofferson is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he’s gay and the author of “That They May Be One,” a book detailing his life is a member of the Church and how he navigates his sexuality. In this episode Tom shares his experiences and offers advice to church leaders and to the LGBTQ community from the 2019 Affirmation International Conference.
Jena Peterson is an active Latter-day Saint who identifies as gay and remains married to her husband of 14 years, Todd, in a mixed orientation marriage. In this episode, Jena discusses her personal experiences being gay and the impact it has on her membership in the Church. She shares tips to help church leaders and members better understand the LGBTQ experience.
President Mike Mayfield currently serves as a counselor in the Stake Presidency. He is a former bishop and is the father of a gay child. For President Mayfield, when his daughter came out, he was stunned and surprised by his daughter's revelation. In this episode President Mayfield discusses his experience as both an ecclesiastical leader and the father of a gay child. He discusses the 10 Tips For Parents from MormonAndGay.LDS.org and offers his advice to parents and church leaders in this space.
Seven years ago Josh & Lolly Weed made a quiet blog post announcing to their friends and family that Josh was gay, and together they were navigating life in a mixed-orientation Mormon marriage. The Weed's story erupted into virality with millions of people sharing and weighing in on their experience. In their first sit-down interview since their announcement of their divorce, Kyle Ashworth sits down with Josh and Lolly to discuss the beginning, middle and future of Josh and Lolly’s experience.
Imagine life as a gay man growing up in an ultra-conservative Mormon family—who’s weekend activities included delivering flyers and hosting events aimed at shaming homosexuals. That was the world that Ryan grew up in. This is his story. His story includes the pain of hiding his true identity from his homophobic family, serving a mission in an effort to change his sexuality, self-harm and failed suicide attempts, marriage and divorce—and finally finding drag as an outlet to express his identity
On Mother’s Day, Cher’s son came out to her. From that day forward she fought to protect him and the community he belongs to. In this episode Cher discusses her journey as an LGBT ally and friend to the LDS/LGBT community. She shares the hard parts about religion, society and the traditional views of sexuality. Cher offers advice to parents of LGBT children and what her path looked like during those crucial “coming out” experiences.
Dr. Greg Prince sits down with Latter Gay Stories for a unique one-on-one discussion about the actions and unintended consequences of the LDS Church's history with LGBT people and their allies. Kyle Ashworth and Greg Prince take a deep dive into the history of LDS tradition, history, and the messaging behind a topic that could be the most polarizing subject in the history of the Church. Greg's book is titled: Gay Rights and the Mormon Church.
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