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Gay Mormons?: Latter-day Saint Experiences of Same-Gender Attraction Paperback – April 20, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461034221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461034223
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brent Kerby's new book about Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and Homosexuality is a collection of personal stories. The accounts are disarming in their honesty. They tell of attempts to reconcile faith and sexual orientation, - attempts that are at times successful, at times not. The introduction and list of resources brings the reader up to date on what official statements the Church has made regarding same-gender orientation, while the individual experiences add many personal layers to the discussion.

Many Mormons who experience same-sex attraction (SSA) struggle with intense feelings of guilt, at times self-loathing, often a loss of self-esteem. They feel utterly alone in their situation because talking about homosexuality to your family and friends can seem almost impossible. Many are afraid of what might happen when others find out - they do not want to hurt or disappoint loved ones, they do not want to be ostracized at work or at church.

The variety of the stories and contributor backgrounds, the variety of outcomes, is thought-provoking and makes it very clear that the cookie-cutter homosexual does not exist. One vital point that surfaces again and again is the strong desire for a meaningful, trusting and loving relationship, and how this conflicts with the commonly held misconception that homosexuality is somehow mainly about lust, not love.

Two decades after Schow, Schow & Raynes' Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation this book is a welcome update on the LDS experience of and attitudes toward same-sex attraction.

Kerby's book is neither "church bashing" nor endorsed by the church.
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I read this book half out of curiosity, and half because I was required to do a religious project for school. I basically just covered this book.

The best part of this book are all of the wonderful experiences of members who have struggled, and yet remain positive even after all of the pain.
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Good perspectives and diversity on a topic not readily available so applause to Brent Kerby and his supportive mother for collecting these stories. Would have liked a more professional eye to have edited the manuscript. In the kindle version, the pictures were distorted.
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I wanted an insight into the subject as a non-Mormon and given that church's odious actions regarding Prop 8. This is a collection of life stories that I ultimately found depressing.There are a few stories of people who learned to accept themselves but an awful lot of "I accept myself but I will remain celibate for the rest of my life" stories. I am still not sure if the sampling is really representative of the gay Mormon community or if it is a subversive attempt to get a message across. I will give the author the benefit of the doubt but if you are looking for something affirmational - this probably isn't it.

Still, I learned a bit more about Mormons and knowledge is always a good thing to have in the arsenal.
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This account is from a diverse group of men and woman with various backgrounds, although all share a common thread of reconciling their sexuality with their Mormon religion. Easy to read and kudos to Brent Kirby for collecting and editing these stories.
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