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I Am a Child of Gods

2022: Blaire Ostler, “I Am a Child of Gods” Dialogue 55.1 (Spring 2022): 99–119. The doctrine of Heavenly Mother is cherished among Latter-day Saints. She is birthed from necessity in a physicalist theology. Though she has feminist…

A Queer Heavenly Family: Expanding Godhood Beyond a Heterosexual, Cisgender Couple

2022: Charlotte Scholl Shurtz, “A Queer Heavenly Family: Expanding Godhood Beyond a Heterosexual, Cisgender Couple” Dialogue 55.1 (Spring 2022): 69–98. Although the concept of Heavenly Mother is empowering for many women, the focus on God as a…

Gendering Mormon Studies—At Last! Amy Hoyt and Taylor G. Petrey, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender

Women’s and gender studies emerged out of the women’s and sexual liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s, movements the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints vigorously opposed. The so-called New Mormon History flourished around the same time, opening the field to new approaches

After a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology: A Ten-Year Retrospective

Ten years ago, my article “Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology” was published in Dialogue.[1] I did not know what to expect when it made its way into the world, but it ended up being a…

Queer Bodies, Queer Technologies, and Queer Policies

Though there is a well-established conversation on how reproductive technologies and policies influence cisgender, heterosexual women’s bodies within Mormonism, there is a less established conversation on how reproductive technologies and policies are affecting LGBTQ+ Saints.[1]…

Unpacking Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Mormonism Taylor G. Petrey, Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism

Variety of Perceptions of God Among Latter-day Saints

Includes fascinating analysis of LDS LGBTQ perceptions of God.

The Theological Trajectory of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

Huston argues that we should interpret that text in its historical context and glean from it new possibilities. Drawing on feminist interpretive strategies, Huston reads for the “theological trajectory,” rather than the plain meaning, to…

Queer Mormon Histories and the Politics of a Usable Past

This is about vernacular history or popular historical tales, rather than professional histories. It looks at all kinds of fun material from instagram accounts to brand advertisements to see how these stories retell the past…

Modern Mormonism, Gender, and the Tangled Nature of History Gregory A. Prince. Gay Rights and the Mormon Church

Few topics have dominated modern Mormon discourse as much as those related to homosexuality. Especially following the contentious and engrossing debates surrounding Proposition 8—the electoral battle in California in 2008 over the legality of same-sex…

Hug a Queer Latter-day Saint

Blaire Ostler has written a number of pieces, from personal essays, poetry, to articles, that are worth noting. Her article, “Queer Polygamy,” is an innovating mashup that looks beyond monogamy as the only authorizing type…

Ace of Saints

Review: That We May Be One: A Personal Journey Tom Christofferson. That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family

Tom Christofferson’s That We May Be One exploded onto the LDS book market with a series of news releases, interviews, and appearances.

From the Pulpit: Why I Stay

I was excommunicated from the Church in 1986. I am a gay man in a twenty-five-year-long relationship with my husband Göran Gustav-Wrathall. We were legally married in July 2008. Over the years, people have asked…

What Do We Know of God’s Will for His LGBT Children?: An Examination of the LDS Church’s Position on Homosexuality

Cook’s goal is to understand, to encourage empathy, and to encourage people to see current teachings on homosexuality as incomplete. In this way, it has a lot in common with earlier pastoral approaches.

The Mama Dragon Story Project

The photographs and essays featured in this issue of Dialogue come from Kimberly Anderson’s Mama Dragon Story Project: A Collection of Portraits and Essays from Mothers Who Love Their LGBT+ Children

In Our Lovely Oubliette: The Un/Intended Consequences of Boundary Making & Keeping from a Gay Mormon Perspective

Of course, I didn’t really want to be a wife. But I was eight years old, and in my mind, if all I really wanted from the future was a husband, then that must mean…

The Art of Queering Boundaries in LDS Communities

I am the mother of a queer son. I am also an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a professor at Brigham Youg University, where I teach…

Youth Suicide Rates and Mormon Religious Context: An Additional Empirical Analysis

Much has been discussed and written regarding whether or not the rate of LGBT youth suicides in the Mormon community has risen in the wake of the November 2015 handbook policy change that categorizes same-sex…

The LGBTQ Mormon Crisis: Responding to the Empirical Research on Suicide

The November 2015 LDS handbook policy change that identified mem- bers who participate in same-sex marriages as “apostates” and forbade children in their households from receiving baby blessings or baptisms sparked ongoing attention to the…

Solus

An active church member shares his struggles of being in the church while being gay.“Solus,” S-O-L-US-, latin for alone, by an anonymous gay may in the Fall 1976 issue is the first entry on this…

Warning: Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

MacMurray cautioned against people labelling themselves or others “homosexuals.” He argued that it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy and that it was an impediment to a cure.

Intersexes in Humans: An Unexplored Issue in LDS Traditional Beliefs

Duane laid out the problem clearly—we can’t say that sex is binary by divine design when it is not binary in nature.

The Burden of Proof: Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-sex Orientation

Can You Change?: Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction

The Logical Next Step: Affirming Same-Sex Relationships

He notes the inner conflict that gay LDS members faced, having to choose between their desires to have a relaitonship and their desires to be in the church.

“In a Dark Time the Eye Begins to See”

As a straight man and local LDS leader, Rees shares his own experience counseling with LGBTQ members and their struggles, from “gay bashing” violence, most famously the murder of Matthew Shephard, to prejudice and more.

A Case for Same-Sex Marriage: Reply to Randolph Muhlestein

These articles were about legal arguments. The case against argued that marriage was already tenuous and allowing same-sex marriage would doom it, suggesting that people would become homosexuals if same-sex marriage were an option.

The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

These articles were about legal arguments. The case against argued that marriage was already tenuous and allowing same-sex marriage would doom it, suggesting that people would become homosexuals if same-sex marriage were an option.

Four Reasons for Voting Yes

The Political Is Personal

An Evangelical Perspective

How We Talk about Marriage (and Why It Matters)

The Church’s Use of Secular Arguments

Two Modes of Political Engagement

Six Voices on Proposition 8: A Roundtable

After Prop 22 passed, it was overturned by the courts as a violation of the equal protection clause of the CA constitution. Opponents of same-sex marriage devised a new proposition to amenda the CA constitution…

The Fabulous Jesus: A Heresy of Reconciliation

As a student of history, I have to admit, however reluctantly, that Jesus didn’t wear pashmina ascots or Armani sunglasses—but neither did he wear white shirts, dark suits, and a bicycle helmet. Jesus wasn’t fabulous…

Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology

From Editor Taylor Petrey: “Toward a Post-heterosexual Mormon Theology”  was actually the first major article I ever published. I did not know what to expect, but it ended up being a widely discussed piece, accessed…

Same-Sex Attraction

“As Our Two Faiths Have Worked Together”—Catholicism and Mormonism on Human Life Ethics and Same-Sex Marriage

Wilfred Decoo writes in 2013 ““As Our Two Faiths Have Worked Together”— Catholicism and Mormonism on Human Life Ethics and Same-Sex Marriage.” He expains, “I analyze a number of factors that could ease the way…

Review: Families are Forever and Ever and Ever Vivian Kleiman, dir. Families Are Forever [DVD]

Dialogue Topic Pages #6: LGBT Issues

I Am a Child of Gods

2022: Blaire Ostler, “I Am a Child of Gods” Dialogue 55.1 (Spring 2022): 99–119. The doctrine of Heavenly Mother is cherished among Latter-day Saints. She is birthed from necessity in a physicalist theology. Though she has feminist…

A Queer Heavenly Family: Expanding Godhood Beyond a Heterosexual, Cisgender Couple

2022: Charlotte Scholl Shurtz, “A Queer Heavenly Family: Expanding Godhood Beyond a Heterosexual, Cisgender Couple” Dialogue 55.1 (Spring 2022): 69–98. Although the concept of Heavenly Mother is empowering for many women, the focus on God as a…

Gendering Mormon Studies—At Last! Amy Hoyt and Taylor G. Petrey, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Mormonism and Gender

Women’s and gender studies emerged out of the women’s and sexual liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s, movements the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints vigorously opposed. The so-called New Mormon History flourished around the same time, opening the field to new approaches

After a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology: A Ten-Year Retrospective

Ten years ago, my article “Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology” was published in Dialogue.[1] I did not know what to expect when it made its way into the world, but it ended up being a…

Queer Bodies, Queer Technologies, and Queer Policies

Though there is a well-established conversation on how reproductive technologies and policies influence cisgender, heterosexual women’s bodies within Mormonism, there is a less established conversation on how reproductive technologies and policies are affecting LGBTQ+ Saints.[1]…

Unpacking Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Mormonism Taylor G. Petrey, Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism

Variety of Perceptions of God Among Latter-day Saints

Includes fascinating analysis of LDS LGBTQ perceptions of God.

The Theological Trajectory of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”

Huston argues that we should interpret that text in its historical context and glean from it new possibilities. Drawing on feminist interpretive strategies, Huston reads for the “theological trajectory,” rather than the plain meaning, to…

Queer Mormon Histories and the Politics of a Usable Past

This is about vernacular history or popular historical tales, rather than professional histories. It looks at all kinds of fun material from instagram accounts to brand advertisements to see how these stories retell the past…

Modern Mormonism, Gender, and the Tangled Nature of History Gregory A. Prince. Gay Rights and the Mormon Church

Few topics have dominated modern Mormon discourse as much as those related to homosexuality. Especially following the contentious and engrossing debates surrounding Proposition 8—the electoral battle in California in 2008 over the legality of same-sex…

Hug a Queer Latter-day Saint

Blaire Ostler has written a number of pieces, from personal essays, poetry, to articles, that are worth noting. Her article, “Queer Polygamy,” is an innovating mashup that looks beyond monogamy as the only authorizing type…

Ace of Saints

Review: That We May Be One: A Personal Journey Tom Christofferson. That We May Be One: A Gay Mormon’s Perspective on Faith and Family

Tom Christofferson’s That We May Be One exploded onto the LDS book market with a series of news releases, interviews, and appearances.

From the Pulpit: Why I Stay

I was excommunicated from the Church in 1986. I am a gay man in a twenty-five-year-long relationship with my husband Göran Gustav-Wrathall. We were legally married in July 2008. Over the years, people have asked…

What Do We Know of God’s Will for His LGBT Children?: An Examination of the LDS Church’s Position on Homosexuality

Cook’s goal is to understand, to encourage empathy, and to encourage people to see current teachings on homosexuality as incomplete. In this way, it has a lot in common with earlier pastoral approaches.

The Mama Dragon Story Project

The photographs and essays featured in this issue of Dialogue come from Kimberly Anderson’s Mama Dragon Story Project: A Collection of Portraits and Essays from Mothers Who Love Their LGBT+ Children

In Our Lovely Oubliette: The Un/Intended Consequences of Boundary Making & Keeping from a Gay Mormon Perspective

Of course, I didn’t really want to be a wife. But I was eight years old, and in my mind, if all I really wanted from the future was a husband, then that must mean…

The Art of Queering Boundaries in LDS Communities

I am the mother of a queer son. I am also an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a professor at Brigham Youg University, where I teach…

Youth Suicide Rates and Mormon Religious Context: An Additional Empirical Analysis

Much has been discussed and written regarding whether or not the rate of LGBT youth suicides in the Mormon community has risen in the wake of the November 2015 handbook policy change that categorizes same-sex…

The LGBTQ Mormon Crisis: Responding to the Empirical Research on Suicide

The November 2015 LDS handbook policy change that identified mem- bers who participate in same-sex marriages as “apostates” and forbade children in their households from receiving baby blessings or baptisms sparked ongoing attention to the…

Solus

An active church member shares his struggles of being in the church while being gay.“Solus,” S-O-L-US-, latin for alone, by an anonymous gay may in the Fall 1976 issue is the first entry on this…

Warning: Labels Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

MacMurray cautioned against people labelling themselves or others “homosexuals.” He argued that it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy and that it was an impediment to a cure.

Intersexes in Humans: An Unexplored Issue in LDS Traditional Beliefs

Duane laid out the problem clearly—we can’t say that sex is binary by divine design when it is not binary in nature.

The Burden of Proof: Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-sex Orientation

Can You Change?: Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction

The Logical Next Step: Affirming Same-Sex Relationships

He notes the inner conflict that gay LDS members faced, having to choose between their desires to have a relaitonship and their desires to be in the church.

“In a Dark Time the Eye Begins to See”

As a straight man and local LDS leader, Rees shares his own experience counseling with LGBTQ members and their struggles, from “gay bashing” violence, most famously the murder of Matthew Shephard, to prejudice and more.

A Case for Same-Sex Marriage: Reply to Randolph Muhlestein

These articles were about legal arguments. The case against argued that marriage was already tenuous and allowing same-sex marriage would doom it, suggesting that people would become homosexuals if same-sex marriage were an option.

The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage

These articles were about legal arguments. The case against argued that marriage was already tenuous and allowing same-sex marriage would doom it, suggesting that people would become homosexuals if same-sex marriage were an option.

Four Reasons for Voting Yes

The Political Is Personal

An Evangelical Perspective

How We Talk about Marriage (and Why It Matters)

The Church’s Use of Secular Arguments

Two Modes of Political Engagement

Six Voices on Proposition 8: A Roundtable

After Prop 22 passed, it was overturned by the courts as a violation of the equal protection clause of the CA constitution. Opponents of same-sex marriage devised a new proposition to amenda the CA constitution…

The Fabulous Jesus: A Heresy of Reconciliation

As a student of history, I have to admit, however reluctantly, that Jesus didn’t wear pashmina ascots or Armani sunglasses—but neither did he wear white shirts, dark suits, and a bicycle helmet. Jesus wasn’t fabulous…

Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology

From Editor Taylor Petrey: “Toward a Post-heterosexual Mormon Theology”  was actually the first major article I ever published. I did not know what to expect, but it ended up being a widely discussed piece, accessed…

Same-Sex Attraction

“As Our Two Faiths Have Worked Together”—Catholicism and Mormonism on Human Life Ethics and Same-Sex Marriage

Wilfred Decoo writes in 2013 ““As Our Two Faiths Have Worked Together”— Catholicism and Mormonism on Human Life Ethics and Same-Sex Marriage.” He expains, “I analyze a number of factors that could ease the way…

Review: Families are Forever and Ever and Ever Vivian Kleiman, dir. Families Are Forever [DVD]