001: Carol Lynn Pearson and “the Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon”

As part of a new podcast initiative called “Gay Mormon Stories” (in cooperation with Mormon Stories Book Club) we interview the beloved poet, playwright, LGBT activist and Mormon author Carol Lynn Pearson about her new book entitled, “The Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon” (click here for the Kindle version, and here for the print version).

From Carol Lynn:

I am so happy to introduce the fourth (and probably final) of my works that focuses on the needs of our gay brothers and sisters. We live in a wonderful day. Science has shown that a homosexual orientation is not a choice. Most people are aware that one or more of their loved ones is gay. Society and religion are moving in the direction of understanding and inclusion.  But for many of our gay family members and friends, the path is still difficult and sometimes life-threatening. I am thrilled to offer what I believe to be a beautiful “gift book” that might serve as a traveling companion providing a new and brighter vision of this journey.  What if, after all, being gay is not a defect, not a lesser life, but a different calling?– an invitation to travel the road of heroes mapped out by mythologist Joseph Campbell and find the life-giving substance that cures all ills.

6 comments for “001: Carol Lynn Pearson and “the Hero’s Journey of the Gay and Lesbian Mormon”

  1. December 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    I’ve been a member of the Church for 35 years, have heard a zillion great talks, served as Bishop, etc., but I don’t remember ever hearing a talk that moved me more than “No More Us And Them” by Carol Lynn Pearson at your Salt Lake regional conference.

    I can’t wait to listen to this.

  2. Debbie
    December 27, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I finally got to listen to this podcast. What a great discussion. I had already read the book. I ordered one for a relative and loved it so much I bought two more. Carol Lynn Pearson is a gift to Mormonism. She too has also walked the hero’s journey. What a talented and brave woman.

    Daniel and Amanda, I’m looking forward to this new podcast. Sounds like it’s going to be a good one. Thanks for all you’re doing to make this happen.

  3. Melanie
    December 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Wonderful episode! And a wonderful book. So excited to see the Gay Mormon Stories podcast get off the ground!

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