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Mitch Mayne is an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint. He's the former executive secretary in the bishopric of his home ward in San Francisco, CA, where he served as his authentic self—an openly gay man.

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Why LGBT Pride Matters to Mormons

(38) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 4:05 PM

A few years ago the idea of Mormon families marching in a Pride parade was pretty unbelievable. But Mormon contingents in Pride parades are starting to become a tradition in many areas, including here in San Francisco. In fact, this year marks the third year in a row that Mormons...

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Hidden Heroes: Seven Mormons Who Stand for LGBT Inclusion and Equality

(10) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 5:58 PM

One of my favorite books is the timeless classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. It's one of those books we read in middle school, but don't genuinely come to appreciate until we get older and realize the complexities of operating in a world that doesn't always do the right or kind...

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Shoulders to the Wheel: The Most Optimistic Gay Mormon Moments of 2013

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:46 PM

The Church has need of helping hands,
And hearts that know and feel;
The work to do is here for you,
Put your shoulder to the wheel.

This is one of the verses of a traditional Mormon hymn called, "Put Your Shoulder to the...

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An Upward Spiral: How Mormon Hearts Are Changing With Regard to Gays and Lesbians

(9) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 6:59 PM

It doesn't take more than a quick Google search to see that Mormons are in a state of flux when it comes to the way that members think about marriage equality. Since Prop 8, literally tens of thousands of Mormons have mobilized across the country to deliver a powerful new...

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Why Mormon Support of the BSA Decision Is a Good Thing for Gay Mormon Youth

(18) Comments | Posted June 12, 2013 | 3:13 PM

When I was in first grade, I wasn't so different from all the other Mormon boys in my class. Like them, I couldn't wait for the bell signaling the end of the school day to ring. But unlike them, I didn't run to the playground to toss the ball or...

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The 6 Most Optimistic Gay Mormon Moments of 2012

(46) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 2:38 PM

I'm a big believer in positive reinforcement. When I was in sixth grade, my teacher talked me into signing up for the basketball team that he coached. I was lousy, but he kept a patient eye on me, corrected me when I was wrong and instilled in me both the...

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The Mormon Call for Openness and Understanding of LGBT Issues

(183) Comments | Posted December 8, 2012 | 10:11 AM

On December 6th, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) launched a new website designed to open the dialogue about LGBT issues inside the Mormon faith.

This had particular meaning for me, since I'm not your ordinary Mormon. But I'm not your ordinary gay man, either....

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A Way Out: Preventing Suicide and Homelessness for LGBTQ Mormon Youth

(22) Comments | Posted June 14, 2012 | 4:00 PM

I am not your typical gay man. Nor am I your typical Mormon. For the past nine months, I have served as the executive secretary in the bishopric (the religious leadership) of my home ward in San Francisco, Calif., as my authentic-self -- an openly gay, active Latter-day...

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