498: Mormon Difference Makers

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This episode arrives on the heels of the release of a marvelous short video, “Do Better, which features LGBT+ Latter-day Saints and allies sharing reflections …

491: Mormonism and Depression, Suicide, and Medication: A Larger Context

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In recent years, Mormonism has been doing much better when talking about depression and mental health struggles, helping destigmatize them and encouraging its members to …

415: “That We May Be One”: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family

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In his new book, That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family (Published by Deseret Book), Tom Christofferson shares his story …

351-352: “The Policy”—One Year Later

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On Thursday afternoon, November 5th, 2015, a leak of new directives regarding LGBT Latter-day Saints was made public, kicking off a tumultuous year within many Mormon …

Announcing a New Survey about LDS LGBT Policies

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Let your views be heard about current LDS policies and teachings about LGBT persons and issues! Two social psychologists, Michael Nielsen and David Wulff, have …

350: The LDS Church’s New Mormon and Gay Website

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On October 25, 2016, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new website, “Mormon and Gay” (www.mormonandgay.lds.org) an update of its previous site …

322: How Does Apocalyptic Thinking Factor into the Recent LGBT Policy Change and Reactions to It?

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In the three months since the Church announced its new policy regarding LGBT persons and their children, we seem to increasingly encounter talk among LDS …

318: Are There Fresh and Productive Ways to View the New LGBT Policy/Revelation?

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For many of us, the discovery and confirmation in early November 2015 of a new Church policy regarding LGBT couples and their children have led …

310–311: Making Sense of the Research on Homosexuality—Parts 3 & 4: Social and Psychological Factors

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With the renewed conversation in Mormonism about homosexuality initiated by the November 6th policy changes, it has become clear that many Latter-day Saints have never …

308–309: Making Sense of the Research on Homosexuality—Parts 1 & 2: Biological Factors

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With the renewed conversation in Mormonism about homosexuality initiated by the November 6th policy changes, it has become clear that many Latter-day Saints have never …

307: Church Handbook Change Regarding LGBT Men and Women and their Children. Part 3—“Yes, and . . .” Activism and Renewal in a Tragic World

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We all recognize that there is a significant distance between the “real” world we live in and the “ideal” one we’d love to see instantiated. …

306: Church Handbook Change Regarding LGBT Men and Women and their Children. Part 2—Why? Why Now? Analyses and Possibilities

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In this second episode examining the new policies regarding LGBT women and men and children, Brad Kramer, Nancy Ross, and Rob Vox join Mormon Matters …

305: Church Handbook Change Regarding LGBT Men and Women and their Children. Part 1—Thoughts on How to Move Forward with Faith and Hope

Dan Wotherspoon LGBTQ 26 Comments

On Thursday, November 5th, we learned of several new additions to the Church Handbook of Instructions, Volume 1, which guides members of stake presidencies and …

111: Healthy Approaches to Supporting LGBT Latter-day Saints and Family Members

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This podcast episode is timed to coincide with recent activism among many faithful straight, gay, and allied Latter-day Saints who marched and will march in …

92–93: Can Mormon Theology Affirm Homosexual Relationships Now and in the Eternities?

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Like many other religious traditions today, Mormonism is wrestling with questions raised by homosexuality. And while both LDS rhetoric and many members’ affirmation of homosexuals …