OUT IN ZION* attempts to deepen and enrich the conversation intersecting membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The podcast features weekly discussions, interviews, and stories exploring current events and perennial topics, from varied perspectives. We approach this conversation with a commitment to two basic guidelines: to be LGBT-affirming and LDS Church-affirming at the same time. This means no LDS Church bashing and no LGBT pathologizing (characterize as unhealthy or abnormal), while still maintaining space for thoughtful analysis of both the LDS Church and the LGBT experience/culture.

Significant values of the OUT IN ZION podcast include:

  • Allowing listeners to appreciate and reverence the unique spiritual journeys and yearnings of LGBT people, their allies and families in the Church, while avoiding prescriptive advice to them or to their church leaders.
  • Endeavoring to help LGBT Mormons feel a sense of empowerment around their own decisions regarding their life path. 
  • Exploring the spiritual, psychological and social value of being ‘out’ (meaning not hiding our sexual orientation and/or gender identity) within our faith community.
  • Affirming that spirituality and/or religious devotion for many, is an important ongoing part of individual identity, purpose and well-being. 
  • Recognizing how either being and/or knowing LGBT people has positively impacted our individual growth.
  • Inviting a sensitive and person-centered tone of discourse within the LDS LGBT world without devolving into antagonistic debate.

In short, OUT IN ZION is a dialogue that attempts to equally and respectfully honor both spiritual and sexual orientations and gender identities.

*A note about the name of this podcast: in the LDS scripture Book of Moses 7:18 it states, “And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.” Hence the use of the term “zion” in this context represents our aspiration for the kind of people and community we might become – where all strive to be empathetic toward one another so that there might be no emotionally, spiritually, or materially poor among us. 

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  1. judith Aug 16, 2015

    I am so weary of LGBT web-sites! There are so many already…

    One in 4 people suffer from anxiety and depression (I am one). I am marginalized in the church. I have been bullied, dismissed, ostracized, bullied, intimidated, etc., particularly by “stupid” priesthood leaders who don’t wish to understand. What about me? Do I count? Or is it just LGBT, LGBT, over and over again.

    • Meagan Aug 17, 2015

      Judith, of course you count! Depression and anxiety are very misunderstood, and I know that it’s something we don’t talk about as we should in the LDS Church/culture.
      Please know that we know that LGBT members of the church do not have a monopoly on suffering and mistreatment. Indeed, each person has their own difficulties. We can talk about one type of difficulty in life without diminishing or dismissing the others. My hope is that as we are more open and understanding of one, that it opens the door to more discussion and sympathy for others. We’re all in this together.

  2. Karen Aug 29, 2015

    I love the mission of this podcast and blog. I really appreciate the middle ground, the support, and offering all paths a voice in this very polarizing issue. I look forward to this growing and filling the world with understanding, healing, and love.

    • admin1 Sep 2, 2015

      Thank you for your support, Karen. We hope we can include your voice in the conversation as well.