052: One Gay Married Mormon Man’s Attempt at Reparative (Conversion) Therapy – Part 3

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 3: Current status, advice for others, and hope for changes within our culture.

2 comments for “052: One Gay Married Mormon Man’s Attempt at Reparative (Conversion) Therapy – Part 3

  1. A Happy Hubby
    January 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Marcus, Thank you for being willing to talk about your experiences. It was hard to hear what you have had to go through – and your family. It sounds like you have tried as best you can to be the best person you know how.

    I hope the best for you and your family!

  2. February 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    This moved me to tears at points. I have a great deal of respect for you. Quite frankly I’m moved beyond words.

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