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Questions from the Closet
50 minutes | 5 days ago
What is asexuality?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Tearza Foyston for an in-depth conversation about asexuality.
54 minutes | 12 days ago
Can I date?
Ben and Charlie talking about their experiences dating while staying active in the Church.
35 minutes | 19 days ago
How can I help?
Charlie and Ben are joined by Rachel Bloxham to talk about how allies can help support LGBTQ+ individuals.
24 minutes | a month ago
How do I find gay people like me?
This week Ben and Charlie are joined by Victoria Hutchings, group leader of Affirmation San Francisco, for a conversation about how to find community and support among other LGBTQ+ people. Ben and Charlie talk about finding community through coming out and Victoria shares some of her journey becoming more involved with church after stepping away when she was young.
48 minutes | a month ago
Did pornography make me gay?
Among the worries presented to us by gay Latter-day Saints, one of the most common is that early exposure to pornography might have altered their orientation. This week we were joined by Liam Essig, an expert in pornography use and addiction recovery, for a conversation about the myths of pornography use, associated shame, and how to overcome unwanted viewing.
34 minutes | a month ago
What is the gay agenda?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Sarah Kellar Langford to talk about the phrase "gay agenda" and what they hope to accomplish through visible LGBTQ+ advocacy .
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Is there a place for me in the Church?
Ben, Charlie, and McKay Bryson have a raw conversation about what it's like to be a gay member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
How do I talk to youth about LGBTQ+?
Youth leaders often ask us how they should approach LGBTQ+ topics in a religious setting. Today we sat down with Dave Smurthwaite to talk about his experience as a youth leader and how he ended up doing LGBTQ+ trainings with seminary teachers in Utah.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
How can my child be just like you?
We (Charlie and Ben) both get a lot of messages from parents asking how they can help their kids stay In the Church and be just like us. This week we sat down with Jessyca Fulmer, who became one of the first "poster children" of the LDS/LGBTQ+ space when her coming out was featured in a Mormon Message. Jessyca talks about her experience coming out publicly, feeling social pressure from Church membership, and what it was like having her video taken down after she got engaged to her wife Savannah.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
How do I fit in the Plan of Salvation?
Ben and Charlie are joined by LDS scholar and theologian Terryl Givens to talk about how LGBTQ+ individuals fit into the Plan of Salvation.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
What are the stages of coming out?
Ben teaches Cass's 6 Stages of Coming Out. Scott Christofferson joins Ben and Charlie to talk about their experiences in each stage, as well as give advice for how friends and family can support LGBTQ+ loved ones throughout the process.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
How can I be an LGBTQ+ ally while supporting Church teachings?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Ally Isom to talk about how active members of the Church can be allies to their LGBTQ+ loved ones while supporting current Church teachings and policies.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
How do I teach my kids about LGBTQ+?
Charlie and Ben are joined by Dr. Lisa Hansen to discuss how parents can safely and effectively teach their children about LGBTQ+ topics.
26 minutes | 3 months ago
What should my pronouns be?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Marina to talk about pronouns. Marina shares her journey coming out as transgender and how using she/her/hers pronouns has helped her feel more like herself.
30 minutes | 3 months ago
Where are all the lesbians?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Sammi Taylor to talk about how coming out as lesbian differs from coming out as a gay man, and why LGBTQ+ women seem underrepresented compared to LGBTQ+ men.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
What does it mean to be queer?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Tyler LeFevor to talk about the "Q" in LGBTQ+. They discuss origins of the label, common assumptions about those who identify as queer, and how they view "queer" in relation to their own and identities.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
What if I have a crush on my roommate?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Zach Ibarra to talk about handling roommate crushes, straight crushes, gay crushes, and more.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
What made you gay?
Ben and Charlie are joined by psychologist Dr. Jeff Case to debunk myths about the origin of same-sex orientation. They have a conversation about early sexual abuse, social conditioning, and other factors that have historically been used to explain why people are gay. (This episode contains some mature content).
46 minutes | 4 months ago
Should I go on a mission?
Ben and Charlie are joined by Sarah Langford to talk about deciding whether or not to serve a Church mission, and how being LGBTQ+ affected that decision.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
What should I do if think a family member is gay?
Charlie's sister Anne Bird Rodman joins us for a conversation about what Anne did when she first suspected Charlie was gay. We talk about vulnerability and have a discussion on how to create a more safe, loving environment for others.
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