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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, families, religion, dating, and best of all--living your best and most authentic self.

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, families, religion, dating, and best of all--living your best and most authentic self.
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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, families, religion, dating, and best of all--living your best and most authentic self.

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Episodes

118: Picnic In The Park | Latter Gay Stories, Let's Love Better & Peculiar

8/11/2019
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Let's Love Better: Susie Augenstein, Peculiar: George Deussen and the Latter Gay Stories Podcast teamed up for a Picnic In The Park to help the LGBTQ+ community, their friends, and allies share an evening of food, fun and friendship. For those allies, church and community members who are looking for ideas to better understand the LGBTQ+ experience, events like this are monumental. We become better people when we understand and involve ourselves into unfamilar situations. This short...

Duration:00:22:01

117: A. Todd Jones | Navigating My Marriage, Coming Out, And Helping Others

7/25/2019
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In this interview we sit down with A. Todd Jones as he shares his story of living in a mixed-orientation marriage, dating, coming out, finding authenticity and what he’s doing in his life now to help the LGBTQ community. A. Todd Jones dives deep into his coming out story—a story very relatable to the many who struggle to understand who and what they are. The video version of the podcast and others are available on our Facebook and YouTube channels, online at LatterGayStories.org and the...

Duration:01:22:45

116: Valerie Green | Finding My Identity and the Path of Authenticity and Happiness

7/18/2019
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She was married to a woman and found solace secretly cross-dressing to help her find her inner beauty. While navigating this journey to best understand her gender identity, Valerie Nicole Green took the crucial steps to live a life of authenticity and honesty. Valerie shares her story of her youth, holding stake and bishopric callings, coming out to her family and friends, life within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the death of her wife, and where her journey has taken her...

Duration:01:15:03

115: Bryce Cook | Understanding the History: Homosexuality and the LDS Church

7/10/2019
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If you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and navigating a journey to understand the intersection of religion and sexual orientation, we invite you to join us for this Latter Gay Stories episode. Bryce Cook is an active Latter-day Saint, father of two gay sons and the author of “What Do We Know of God’s Will For His LGBT Children? An Examination of the LDS Church’s Position on Homosexuality.” In this episode, Bryce Cook and Kyle Ashworth fairly and candidly...

Duration:03:31:48

114: Sarah and Madi | We Found Ourselves: This Is Our Story.

6/27/2019
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Sarah Cunha and Madison McConkie sit down with the Latter Gay Stories podcast to share their story. Sarah is a BYU graduate and remained closeted growing up in the Church. In this episode she opens up about her experience coming out, sharing the news with her family and navigating life as a gay woman at BYU. Madison shares her experience as a closeted youth, LDS missionary and student of Dixie State University. Sarah and Madison have found each other and continue their journey of...

Duration:01:23:29

113: LGT Panel Discussion | Church Leader Session: Affirmation Conference

6/27/2019
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This episode features discussion from Ben Schilaty, a gay Latter-day Saint, Jodie Palmer, a lesbian Latter-day Saint, and Ann Pack, a transgender Latter-day Saint. Each person in this panel discussion offer their personal experiences being queer and LDS. They offer tips, suggestions and glimpses into their experience, in an effort to help others better understand their path. As Elder Ballard admonished, "...we need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are...

Duration:00:52:36

112: Tom Christofferson | Church Leader Session: Affirmation Conference

6/27/2019
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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.

Duration:00:26:19

111: Jena Peterson | Church Leader Session: Affirmation Conference

6/27/2019
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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.

Duration:00:24:53

110: President Michael Mayfield | Church Leader Session: 2019 Affirmation Conference

6/26/2019
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President Michael 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, surprised, and blindsided 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...

Duration:00:29:09

109: Josh and Lolly Weed | The Beginning. The Middle. The Future.

6/13/2019
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Seven years ago (while celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary in Las Vegas), Josh and 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 Weeds expected to have a candid discussion about their experience, but they weren't prepared to do it on a national and worldwide stage. Their story erupted into virality with millions and millions of people sharing and weighing...

Duration:03:34:02

108: Ryanna Woods | Drag Queen, Survivor, Gay Man

6/6/2019
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Imagine life as a gay man growing up in an ultra-conservative Mormon family—who’s weekend family 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...

Duration:03:14:35

107: Cher McCoy | A Mother’s Love: My Journey as an LGBT ally, friend and mom.

5/30/2019
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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. https://youtu.be/cyCKcECOYFU

Duration:00:53:59

106: Gregory Prince | A Complicated History: Mormonism and the LGBTQ Community

5/23/2019
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Dr. Gregory 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. In this episode we thoroughly discuss topics including: - Why the LDS Church has doubled down against homosexuality. - Is there a genetic component (born this way) to homosexuality? - Policy vs. Doctrine: does LDS doctrine change? - What was the impact of the November 2015 Policy on...

Duration:01:20:59

105: Chad Merrell and Matt Weber | Asexuality and our journey

5/15/2019
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So often the we 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. What is asexuality? Who identifies as asexual? What does asexuality look like? 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...

Duration:01:05:39

104: Debra Asper | Finding Strength From Within

5/8/2019
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Deb Asper is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in LGBT therapy and more particularly, LGBT trauma. And to say that she’s a gem—and an asset to the community is an understatement. 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...

Duration:01:35:01

103: An Evening With Affirmation | Nathan Kitchen and Laurie Lee Hall

5/7/2019
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103 | The Latter Gay Stories Podcast rebroadcasts An Evening With Affirmation, featuring speakers Nathan Kitchen and Laurie Lee Hall. Nathan Kitchen is the current President of Affirmation and Laurie Lee Hall serves as the Senior Vice President of Affirmation. In this episode, Nathan Kitchen and Laurie Lee Hall discuss their vision for Affirmation and their hope for the future of LGBT people. Laurie Lee Hall, the former Chief Architect for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Duration:02:28:21

102: Greg Barnett | The vital role of love, inclusion and understanding the journey each of us navigate.

4/24/2019
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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. Oh, and...

Duration:00:54:13

101: Jody Hansen | Suicide Prevention and Education, November 2015 Policy Update

4/5/2019
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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, in this episode we discuss the LDS Church’s rescission of their controversial November 2015 Policy of Exclusion and the...

Duration:00:57:36

100: Drew and Tyler Armstrong | Our Journey As A Trans Family

4/3/2019
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“All of you think I am weird, and I don’t even know why. I don’t even know why I feel this way, or why this is uncomfortable for me.” - Tyler Armstrong 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 opens up about his experiences advocating for...

Duration:02:17:46

099: Aaron and Marie Jones | A discussion about our gay daughter, the church, and love.

3/23/2019
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What happens when you hear the words, “mom and dad, I’m gay”? How do you react, what do you say, and what does the path forward look like? Aaron and 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. In this episode the Jones’ discuss the...

Duration:01:16:28