Book Review: God Told Me to Hate You

I was asked by Patheos to do the following book review: In God Told Me to Hate You: An Evangelical Minister’s Escape from the Clerical Closet, Tom Muzzio describes his journey as an Evangelical Christian convert who became a prominent clergyman but eventually loses his faith due to a combination of facing his homosexual orientation [Read More…]

How are we a “light” to the world?

Most relationships are complicated… not all good… not all bad…  My relationship with my religion and Christian people in general (especially after this election season and some of the trends we saw from the “religious right”) definitely falls into this category. The gospel messages and basic principles are so beautiful, helpful and true. Love one [Read More…]

Count Your Many Blessings

Happier Human Did you know that being grateful actually improves overall well-being?  On this Thanksgiving eve I thought I would remind us of the great research being done in the field of Positive Psychology, where the focus stays centered on how people successfully find contentment and meaning in their lives.  Small things like keeping a gratitude journal, [Read More…]

Anniversary of Nov 5th Abusive Policy Leak

It’s difficult to believe that it’s only been a year since the leak of the policy changes in regards to LGBTQ+ members in our church. I remember having a guest in our home I had never met before — one of the wonderful things of LDS communities… she needed a place to stay since she [Read More…]

Hope for Sexual Assault Victims at BYU

I am extremely heartened by the changes we have seen announced last week, October 26, by Brigham Young University after an investigation was launched into how they were previously handling cases of sexual assault.  Among some of the most important changes: Title IX workers, who help provide services to sexual assault victims, will be located [Read More…]

Excommunication: Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Last week there was so much going on in the Mormon world, that I did the classic response of not writing about any of it. Goodness. It’s my goal to address many of these topics this week. Tyler Glenn came out with his album, Excommunication October 21. An album I know has everything to do with [Read More…]

I’m Gay and this is My Church Too!

With General Conference among us, I know we are bound to hear much about the ideal Mormon family status: a heteronormative couple married with children. We already had this be the case in the General Women’s Session. Unfortunately, this type of focus continues to discount and minimize the presence of many other types of family [Read More…]

Troubling Report is Disavowed – Yes, of course!

Today, faculty members of John Hopkins University published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun, Hopkins faculty disavow ‘troubling’ report on gender and sexuality stating their stark disapproval of the review that had been published in The New Atlantis, Sexuality and Gender. On September 8, I wrote a blog post titled, Atlantis Article… Are you kidding me?, where BYU [Read More…]

Perfectionism is a Poser

I’ve been seeing a therapist lately for depression. And one of the things she keeps bringing up is perfectionism. I kind of get what she’s saying. But I want to be the best person I can be. I am overwhelmed on a pretty regular basis as to how to go about this. I have 5 [Read More…]

“Virtue” Reclaimed

I remember being taught in YW and Sunday school as a youth that it would be better to die than live as a rape victim or have sex outside of marriage. That I should defend my virtue “even unto death”. That is so messed up. I’m glad to see the change in the Young Women’s [Read More…]