‘Mormon Land’: Therapists unite in a quest for common ground on divisive LGBTQ issues from conversion therapy to mixed-orientation marriages

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

The recently completed session of the Utah Legislature appeared poised to ban so-called conversion therapy, barring therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of minors.

The bill had not one but two Republicans championing it and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — seen as a potential stumbling block — had taken a neutral stance on the measure.

But conservatives hijacked the bill and watered it down beyond recognition.

The clash highlighted once again the divisions on LGBTQ issues.

Discussing those issues on this week’s podcast are psychologist Lee Beckstead, a gay former Mormon who testified against conversion therapy in a prominent court case, and therapist Ty Mansfield, an active Latter-day Saint who has written about his same-sex attractions and his marriage to a woman.

Both Beckstead and Mansfield are involved in a united undertaking known as the Reconciliation and Growth Project, a joint effort that includes a far-reaching study, to find common ground within the LGBTQ community.

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