Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Carol Lynn Pearson regarding the experiences she had being the heterosexual spouse in a mixed-orientation marriage. Carol Lynne provides a frank and vulnerable personal account as to how she and Gerald came to the decision to marry in spite of his homosexual orientation, and how this marriage ultimately affected her own sense of self, femininity, sensuality and overall identity. She also discusses many of the roadblocks and challenges the LGBTQ community continues to experience in our Mormon culture and ways we need to continue to challenge our current framework in order to be more inclusive and healthy as an overall church community. She closes the interview with some lovely readings of her inspired poetry.
Many thanks to The Lower Lights for the beautiful bumper music and to Brian Dillman for audio production of this podcast. Natasha Helfer Parker runs a private practice in Wichita, KS and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith.
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