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Why This Transgender Mormon Is Holding On To His Faith

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.24.2016 | Religion

Emmett Claren's relationship with Mormonism began with a sweet and simple love story. When Claren was about 4 years old, Mormon missionaries visited t...

More Than 2,000 Voices Join Mormon Choir In Virtual 'Hallelujah' Chorus

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 03.15.2016 | Religion

Choir geeks rejoice -- the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is back with what may be its most epic performance yet. On Sunday, the 360-member choir released a...

Mormon Church Clarifies Position After LGBT Ban Sparks Outrage

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 11.13.2015 | Religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on LGBT couples and their children, a week after ruling same-sex couples we...

Religion Scholar Boycotts Conference At Mormon University

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 10.09.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Brigham Young University has convened its annual International Law and Religion Symposium this week, featuring around 90 scholars, political lea...

Why Some Mormons Are Preparing For Doomsday

Salt Lake Tribune | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.12.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Mixing a brew of biblical prophecies, the Hebrew calendar, a volatile economy, world politics, and astronomical occurrences, hordes...

One Woman's Journey Growing Up Transgender And Mormon

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

Transmormon, a documentary recently selected to be part of National Geographic's Short Film Showcase, explores what it's like growing up transgender a...

6 Questions With A Black Mormon Feminist

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a complicated history with race. In 1852, church leader Brigham Young announced that men of Africa...

Joseph Smith's Many Wives Come To Life In Mormon Artist's Portraits

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion

When the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints dropped a bombshell statement last November confirming that founder Joseph Smith was a polygamist...

LGBT Mormons See Church's Stance On Gay Boy Scout Leaders As Another (Tiny) Step Forward

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

The Mormon church is sticking with the Boy Scouts of America -- just as long as it is still able to ban gay adults from leadership positions. This is ...

Mormon Church Sticks With The Boy Scouts But Still Will Ban Gay Troop Leaders

Salt Lake Tribune | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – The Boy Scouts of America isn’t going to lose its largest sponsor after all. The LDS Church announced Wednesday (Aug. 26), that ...

Mormon Leaders Appoint Three Women To Top Church Positions

Salt Lake Tribune | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Mormons across the globe praised LDS leaders for adding the faith’s top female officers to three high-level councils, calling the...

Mormon Church Releases First Photos Of The Stone Joseph Smith Used To Translate The Book Of Mormon

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.05.2015 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church's push toward transparency about its roots and beliefs took another step forward Tuesday with the first publ...

Mormon Mom: Church's Refusal To Accept Gay Boy Scout Leaders Is 'Tragedy'

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.29.2015 | Religion

After nine years and countless hours of service, Jordan Montgomery spent last Saturday completing the very last task he needed to become an Eagle Scou...

The Mormons Of YouTube Keep Church Tradition Of Journaling Alive

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.24.2015 | Religion

Ellie and Jared Mecham's YouTube channel is full of the minutiae of daily life. The two young parents upload vlogs of doctor's appointments, family ba...

Pioneer Day Is A Mormon Celebration Of History And Faith. Here's Why.

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion

Pioneer Day is one of the most important dates on the calendar for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as Mormons. ...

Kate Kelly: If Staying In LDS Church Doesn't 'Spark Joy,' It's OK To Leave

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

When I was excommunicated from the Mormon church just over a year ago, I was widely quoted as saying, “Don’t leave. Stay, and make things better....

It's That Time Of Year When 700 Mormons Put On Costumes For The Hill Cumorah Pageant

USA Today / Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion

MANCHESTER, N.Y. — Christian Hancey is a lawyer, not an actor. But for the next week, the Pittsford, N.Y., father of four will don a wig and 1800s c...

I Saw Two Americas Yesterday: From a Mormon Church to the Chicago Pride Parade

John Halstead | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
John Halstead

My 13-year-old daughter turned to me at one point and said, "One day I will tell my kids that I remember when gays and lesbians won the right to be married." I glowed. It was one of those moments when I could pat myself on the back, knowing I was a good parent.

How the Mormons Punked the Press

Brooke P. Hunter | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brooke P. Hunter

The Mormon church punked the national press yesterday by calling a press conference purportedly about their support of some basic rights for LGBTQ people. The press conference was, in fact, mostly about defending Mormons' right to discriminate.

The Eating Habits of Married Not-Gay Mormon Men

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

One of My Husband's Not Gay's featured Mormon couples, Jeff and Tanya, appeared on Nightline last week, with Jeff defending his choice to repress his same-sex attraction. "An analogy I could use is: I love doughnuts," he says. "I would eat doughnuts three times a day. But I desire to be able to fit in my pants in the morning too."

Transmormon Sheds Light on Trans Members of the LDS Church

Randall Frederick | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randall Frederick

The Haywards were conservative Mormons who were not sure how to respond to their child when she came to them, confused that she felt like two people -- the boy she saw in the mirror and the girl she knew herself to be.

Why LGBT Pride Matters to Mormons

Mitch Mayne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

What is it about Pride that makes Mormons so excited? I decided to ask my Mormon fellows that very question. I think you'll enjoy their responses as much as I did. After all, nothing I could compose could compare to the heartfelt messages I received in response to my question.

Prison Inmates Find Roots By Doing Genealogy Research For Mormons

Salt Lake Tribune | Brooke Adams and Jim Dalrymple | Posted 04.03.2014 | Religion

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) William J. Hopkins already knew a bit about genealogy work when he arrived at the Utah State Prison in 1994, an interest that was...

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

Mitch Mayne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

As an openly gay Mormon, I'm keenly interested in how my Mormon fellows understand their LGBT brothers and sisters.

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

Mitch Mayne | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mitch Mayne

As an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint who just completed my calling as a priesthood leader, I'm keenly interested in the work taking place for LGBT inclusion and equality. So I'm taking a look back at 2013 and highlighting some of the strides Mormons have made on the journey to LGBT inclusion.