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Mike Smith
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As a teenager, my church leaders sold a false dichotomy: heterosexual marriage or the “gay lifestyle” (which consisted of cruising and anonymous sex and eventually loneliness, despair, and death, likely from AIDS). I remember one night as I was falling to s...

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What about my son?
Hello world! It's been a few months because... well... life. Today my deacon son passed the sacrament first to his mother, who happened to be sitting up on the stand today, and then to me down in the congregation. As he did, I couldn't help but reflect on h...

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I was listening to a podcast today. (On Being with Krista Tippett if you must know.) They started discussing what it takes to build a strong friendship. I started crying. I realized that I don't have many good friends. Besides my wife and kids, I don't have...

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mormonandgay
So we're about to hit the one year anniversary of the exclusion policy, you know, where the LDS Church mandated "courts of love" for any one who married his or her true love if they happened to be of the same-sex. And where the LDS Curch barred children of ...

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An awesome Mormon Stories
I highly recommend this Mormon Stories episode. (My fave LGBT themed episode is still the Benji Schwimmer trio of episodes, but...) This story so perfectly captures how messy missions can be for LGBT missionaries, from the comp who'd eaten cray cakes (but d...

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(Mixed orientation) marriage & melancholy
In a recent, This American Life , host Ira Glass interviews Alain de Botton about why people choose the wrong partner when getting married. Botton's thoughts on marriage are gloomily accurate.  At one point Botton (who by the way has a lovely British accent...

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Important truths I've learned from Twitter
A week or two ago my wife taught me how to use Twitter. I don't really have time for any more social media, but my wife plays a game of trying to get famous people to follow her. It sounded like fun so I thought I'd check out this Twitter thing too. Importa...

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With this I relate
http://religionnews.com/2016/05/31/christian-rockstar-comes-out-as-gay-heres-the-letter-he-wrote-to-the-world/ Though not Mormon, I think Trey Pearson's story is one shared by many LGBT members of the church. He mentions how "[trying not to be gay]  has res...

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What if one of my sons is gay?
After posting on Facebook this article " Is the Pearl Too Great a Price ?" about LGBT suicide, I was asked how I would react if one of my sons came out to me. Would I encourage him to act on his homosexual feelings or encourage him to stay with the church a...

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Things that make me mourn
This is not ok. http://rationalfaiths.com/pearl-great-price/
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