This week, Cari and Kelsae review some stories of LGBTQ early Mormons. They discuss Evan Stephens (director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who was totes gay), Ada Dwyer Rusell (an actress of Mormon descent who was a lesbian), Kate Thomas (writer of an openly lesbian poem that was published in a Church magazine), and Almerin Grow (Salt Lake resident who was exiled to southern Utah by Brigham Young for gender nonconforming behavior). Happy Pride month, y’all. Go find the LGBTQ early Mormons in your family tree and we’ll share them on the podcast this week (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Opening thought by Andrea Gibson
Closing thought by rupi kaur
- Episode 37: Gays do it better, especially Louie B. Felt (NMKMH)
- Board Question #89379 answered by The Black Sheep about the AIDS epidemic (100 Hour Board)
- Book - Same-Sex Dynamics Among Nineteenth-Century Americans: A Mormon Example* by D. Michael Quinn (Amazon)
- Poem - Song by Kate Thomas, The Young Woman’s Journal pg. 34 (Google Books)
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