06/24/2012 10:56 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Benji Schwimmer's Naked Truth

When Benji Schwimmer was named "America's favorite dancer" in 2006, winning the second season of Fox's long-running "So You Think You Can Dance" reality competition show, he became something of a Mormon superstar. He choreographed pop stars' tours and videos, taught dance classes around the world, started a band (The Weekend Forecast), and even played gay in an indie film called "Leading Ladies" -- all while privately struggling to reconcile his very deep faith with the undeniable realization that he couldn't pray his way out of being gay.

He still has the bright-eyed, fervent zeal of a devoted missionary, but now he's turned those years of study into a challenge for the Mormon church to consider the cost of its extremely slow evolution on gay issues. (It's considered tremendous progress that gay members are welcome -- but only if they remain celibate, abstaining from all same-sex behavior.)

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