"Portraits of Courage" showing at Affirmation in Provo, Utah. September 21-23, 2017
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Working on The Hero’s Journey of the LGBT Mormon, has proven emotionally challenging as it has forced me to return to a social structure that I never thrived in even during the best of times. I have had to confront gossip (not from the people I painted but from other members) and feeling misunderstood from the start while learning to following our Savior’s teaching by serving with love, no matter what.
Why am I doing this? I’ve asked myself over and over. Because I will not stand by and watch well-meaning church goers drive their LGBTQ sisters and brothers to despair and too often, self-harm, in an effort to follow church authorities.
I will be returning to Affirmation this year and I can hardly wait. I am sure I will find love, affinity and connection as a part of the family. Not because I have been officially invited to be an ally but because this year my love has grown so much stronger, I just *know* it is so.
“When I love my enemies, do I not make
Refusing To Choose: LGBT Mormons Boldly Claim Both Their Orientation And Their Faith
Appeared in The Huffington Post 9/15/2016
“You can be gay, or you can be Mormon. But you can’t be both.”
I grew up hearing that a lot as a gay Mormon kid in Idaho. I guess in some ways it was no surprise to hear that from my Mormon friends, family and leadership since by and large, most of them didn’t understand what it actually meant to be LGBT. But as I grew up, I heard it from some of my friends in the LGBT community as well — and for a time, I actually allowed myself to believe it. read more>>