050: One Gay Married Mormon Man’s Attempt at Reparative (Conversion) Therapy – Part 1

Given the new show that has recently aired on TLC, My Husband’s Not Gay, Mormon Mental Health Podcast wanted to rebroadcast the interview Natasha Helfer Parker did in October 2010 for Mormon Stories.

In this 3-part series Natasha interviews one of her earliest clients, “Marcus”: a divorced, Mormon, homosexual man, who came out to his wife after about 12 years of marriage.  Names have been changed to protect anonymity to the family.

Note: The purpose of this interview is not to encourage people to stay or leave the church nor to stay or leave a marriage.  These are all delicate personal decisions and different circumstances will necessitate different solutions.  The purpose of this interview is to share a story.  It is also meant to increase empathy and to reach out to those who may find themselves in similar situations.  It is also important to note that “reparative therapy” has been recently deemed illegal in several states and there is no empirical data to support that reparative therapy works.

In this 3 part interview we discuss the following:
  • Part 1: Conversion to the LDS church and the therapy process – including coming out to wife and church leaders..

1 comment for “050: One Gay Married Mormon Man’s Attempt at Reparative (Conversion) Therapy – Part 1

  1. Robert
    March 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Natasha, thank you so much for providing this resource. I deeply appreciate this podcast. From what I have heard so far this resource is so comforting and informative for people who rarely have the opportunity to address deeply distressing matters about sexuality, depression, anxiety and shame in meaningful ways in the a gospel and mormon context. I hope the podcast continues for many months and years to come! Like someone else has commented here, this podcast is a lifeline.

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