Date: December 15, 2010 10:11AM
For the record (@Ishmael)...
I have worked very hard for many years now to be a positive, public advocate for gay rights generally, and for acceptance/progress of/for gays in and out of the church. I am the co-founder of http://mormonsformarriage.com/
, I am the owner and creator of http://ldshomosexuality.com
(I did all those interviews on my own dime, of my own accord, pre-Prop 8). If you go and watch my interviews with Carol Lynn Pearson, Bruce Bastian, Buckley Jeppson, Clark Pingree, Peter and Mary Danzig, the one on reparative therapy, etc. -- you'll know that my questions for Bill Bradshaw represented my attempt to take on the role of the TBM in the interview -- so that he could make as strong of a case as possible for love/tolerance/progress for homosexuals amongst believing Mormons.
I have covered the homosexuality issue on Mormon Stories so thoroughly over the past 6 months that I've actually lost listenership over it...but I don't care. This is THE civil rights issue of our time (in the U.S.), and I won't stand silent. So Ishmael (with respect), your assumptions about me and my motives on this issue couldn't be further off target.
Regarding my "encouraging members to stay in the church" -- this was my position for a time while I was trying to figure out my own relationship with the church (I've vacillated over the years about my own level of activity just as many of you here have), but the StayLDS position is no longer something that I push...and I've been very public about this on my podcast a few times now.
I now believe that people should follow their joy....period. In or out of the church. That said, I would guess that many more people have left the church than have stayed because of my Internet work -- and I'm perfectly happy if they're happy. I mean that.
I sent Steve a direct email last night. I only asked someone else to approach him because I'm swamped working on my PhD -- focusing on Religious OCD or Scrupulosity (see last Saturday's Salt Lake Tribune), developing a treatment for couples when one loses their testimony and the other remains a believer, and seeing if I can help develop a psychological treatment for gay Mormons who are in crisis to help reduce suicide, etc.
Anyway, I didn't have Steve's email, and my policy these days is that when someone recommends a specific interview, I usually ask them to approach the person first...partly because I just need all the help I can get trying to produce the podcast.
Steve -- I meant no disrespect, and I'd love to have you on if that works for you. I think your story could help a lot of people. It certainly helped me through a though spot back in early 2000.
Peace to you all. Sorry for the confusion.