Gays, Mormons and the American Narrative

What Gays and Mormons could learn from each other about Marginality, Exile, and the Promised Land: If there is a central story to the Book of Mormon, it is the story of a marginalized people journeying through the wilderness and miraculously arriving in a promised land. That exodus narrative is replayed over and over again…

Published in the Boston Globe

Artist’s Exhibit at Arlington Gallery Explores Growing up Gay and Mormon By Kathleen Burge, The Boston Globe, March 31, 2011 In two of the stark black-and-white prints in Daniel Embree’s exhibition at an Arlington gallery, a man kneels, praying, searching. Shoulders are bent, body folded. In the two remaining pieces in the display, Embree depicts…

If it Makes You Happy

In Elder’s Quorum today the teacher testified that keeping the commandments makes you happy. He then asked the class what we would say to someone who doesn’t keep the commandments who claimed to be happy. I raised my hand and said, “We could acknowledge their happiness as legitimate. Mormons aren’t the only happy people out…

I Think I Would Understand

Last night I received an email from someone I don’t know attacking me for the Salt Lake Tribune article published a few weeks ago. My initial response was defensive. I was going to write her back telling her that people like her are the reason people like me kill themselves. I was going to tell…

I have bent for you.

What my mission did for me: (in no particular order) 1. Provided an experience where I felt like I had done something substantially good–something selfless. (important when you have to forgive yourself). 2. Provided an experience in which I could experience both celibacy and happiness and therefore understand what it would take to be celibate.…