Messages Teens Pick Up when we Teach Shame-Based Sex Ed

Today’s guest post is written by Maya Dehlin. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Maya is an 18 year old, recent graduate of high school. She received the prestigious Utah’s Sterling Scholar in English, runs her own photography business (Tear Off the Mask) and is currently taking a [Read More…]

The tired question: Do people “choose” to be gay?

Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Jim Pfaus. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Dr. Jim Pfaus is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Concordia University. He states on his faculty page, “My research is generally concerned with the neurochemical and molecular events that subserve sexual [Read More…]

A Ward’s Embrace to a Gay LDS Couple

Today’s guest post is written by Nick Einbender. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Nick and Spencer Mickelson met at the annual Affirmation Conference in 2014 and, as they say, the rest is history. Nick is a dentist in the United States Air Force and Spencer works [Read More…]

What is Sex Positivity?

What is meant when you use the term “sex positive?” This is an excellent question. And like many terms (i.e. feminism, spirituality, academics, philosophy, etc.), it can be defined in different ways by different people and organizations.  However, I will try to explain the basis of how we generally use this term within the mental [Read More…]

Why do you still care? #2

Today’s guest post is written by Alisa Bolander. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Alisha Bolander is a project manager at a global financial company, a mother of a child with special needs, an adoring wife, and an enthusiastic ice skater who loves visiting teaching visits and [Read More…]

Why do you still care? #1

Today’s guest post is written by Holly Welker. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.   Holly Welker is a writer and a critical analyst. She is the editor of Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly about Love, Sex and Marriage and has been interviewed on Mormon [Read More…]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I do not understand how any sex positive person would choose to be Mormon. It is a battle.  I am not going to be PC. I just do not get it. You are not going to change Mormonism. Why stay?? This is a question I received on a Facebook feed from a colleague of mine [Read More…]

Upcoming Mormon Matters Retreat!

I’m excited to announce that I will be leading the following retreat, Navigating a Healthy Mormon Journey, with my colleague Dr. Marty Erickson and fellow podcast host, Dan Wotherspoon.  These types of retreats have been very highly ranked in the past and we are excited to be offering this format to Mormons looking to stay engaged [Read More…]

Tone Does Need to Change

Today’s guest post is written by Lori Bolland Embree. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.   Lori Bolland Embree is from Parker, Idaho, raised by a Lutheran father and an LDS mother. She was a high school teacher and debate coach for many years, and now teaches [Read More…]

Crisis Facing our LGBTQ+ Members

I don’t want to use triggering or sensational language at a time like we are currently facing within the LDS community.  So I use the term crisis, because it is so. The LDS community lost three LGBT youth members and one LGBT young adult member to death by suicide just this week.  There was also [Read More…]