CNN’s Susan Hendricks discusses MormonsAndGays.org and the shift in the Mormon church with “Ex-Gay” current Mormon Ty Mansfield and openly gay former Mormon Justin Utley. They met while attending “Conversion therapy” (also known as “reparative therapy”) a pseudo-scientific therapy that aims to change sexual orientation.
An Ex-Mormon raised near Salt Lake City, Utah, Utley is perhaps the only openly gay performing artist to have survived ex-gay therapy, a practice that he vocally opposes. His experience coming to terms with his sexuality and religion have emerged as strong themes in his songwriting and on-stage storytelling.
?I?ve been asked if I could take any of it back, you know, what I?ve experienced. I wouldn?t,? says Utley. ?Its part of me, my story, and its been a hell of a journey. And I?m here to share that.?
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