SEASON 2 COMING SOON!

We have an anniversary to celebrate. We’ve been bringing you Out in Zion for over a year now. And we’re so glad and thankful you’ve come along with us. We’ve learned a lot about what…

#45 MORMONANDGAY.LDS.ORG

On October 25, 2016 the LDS Church launched a new website MORMONANDGAY.LDS.ORG or maybe more precisely revamped the previous “Mormons and Gays” site. This new site doesn’t alter church doctrine, which forbids same-sex relationships. But…

#44 CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

“You don’t have to have this figured out today or this year. This is really big for many of us. It involves so many pieces of ourselves and others. It takes time.” On this episode,…

#43 CONVERSATION WITH DARIUS GRAY AND ROD OLSON

At the 2016 Affirmation Leadership Retreat in Independence, Missouri, podcast regular Tom Christofferson sat down for a conversation with Darius Gray and Rod Olson. Recorded live in front of the retreat audience, Tom engaged Darius and…

#42 TRANSGENDER VOICES ON RESTROOM POLICIES

How are the religious and political debates about laws regulating the use of public restrooms impacting members of the transgender community? How does a transgender person process all the negative and misleading messages surrounding this very…

#41 ON THE ROAD

Podcast regulars Berta Marquez and Kendall Wilcox take the conversation on the road to include local members of their community in Provo, UT. First they check-in with David and Christian, young gay Mormon intellectuals who have thought…

#39 THRIVING AS A GAY OR LESBIAN MORMON

Often in the LDS community the common narrative we hear about LGBT Mormons is that of extreme hardship, suffering, and pain where the person struggles to find ways to survive. While that story is all too familiar to…

#38 CONDEMN, CONDONE, OR CONNECT?

What do we do with the conflict inherent in the desire to love unconditionally as Jesus did, and the counsel from church leaders that there is such a thing as “too much tolerance”? Must we…

#37 THERAPY BEST PRACTICES FOR LGBT MORMONS

What are the best approaches to therapy when an individual is experiencing distress at the intersection of their sexual orientation and religion? In this episode, expert Psychologist, Dr. Lee Beckstead, joins the conversation to discuss…

#36 REFUGEES OF OUR OWN MAKING

In the most recent General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Elder Patrick Kearon gave a stirring address entitled “Refuge from the Storm.” His words filled with compassion, urged Latter-day Saints…

#34 CAUGHT BETWEEN LOVE AND APOSTASY

What is it like to make your wedding plans while also making plans for your own excommunication? How does that tension impact you individually and as a couple? And how does it impact your relationship with the…

#32 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE OUT IN ZION?

Is there value in being openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in LDS congregations? Why do some members discourage it while others strongly advocate for it? As more and more members of the Church come out and…

#31 DEAR SON, THANK YOU FOR LIVING

What is is like for a parent or family member to watch their loved one struggle with suicide? So often we hear from family members of people who die from suicide after the fact and the…

#29 WOMEN WHO FALL IN LOVE WITH GAY MEN

The experience of straight-woman/gay-man relationships from the perspective of the women in the relationship is a lesser known aspect of what it means to be “out in Zion.” More and more, in the Mormon community, we…