Recently, I’ve come across several stories from the historically reticent minority of homosexuals in the LDS community. Their writing deserves to be read; it has increased my compassion and respect for this misunderstood group.
Here are the stories I’ve found most inspiring:
- Trevor Cook, who came out to his parents only after moving away to college. The post, written by his father: “Coming Out as an LDS Parent of a Gay Child”
- Two gay men who each have a happy heterosexual marriage: Ty Mansfield (“Living with Same-sex Attraction: Our Story”) and Josh Weed (“Club Unicorn: In which I come out of the closet on our ten year anniversary”)
A Brigham Young University group called Understanding Same Gender Attraction created a collection of insightful videos interviewing religious gay and lesbian students about their experiences coming to terms with their sexuality. This is the main video:
I’m pleased to see The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints updating its stance on homosexuality to recognize accepted medical evidence that it is a biological trait, not a misguided choice.