The 188th General Conference: The Mormon church finally has a leader who isn’t white, but its sexual abuse policies need work, and so does its treatment of gays

For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (better know simply as “Mormons”), today is doubly special. It is Easter, the most important holiday on the Christian calendar, and it’s also the second day of the 188th Annual General Conference of the Church. General Conference is held twice a year—spring and fall—and … Read more

Author Interview: A.M. Leibowitz on LGBTQIA spirituality and Keeping the Faith

keeping the faith book cover

I’m delighted to have A.M. Leibowitz on my blog today to talk about their new book, Keeping the Faith, the third book in the Faithfully Yours series published by Supposed Crimes. A.M. and I have a lot in common, both being deeply interested in religion and LGBTQIA spiritual journeys, and that’s the focus of the Faithfully Yours series as well. … Read more

Book Review: iPlates, Volume 1 by Stephen Carter & Jett Atwood

If you find yourself falling asleep every time you try reading the Book of Mormon but are still curious about its contents, you might want to try iPlates Volume 1: Zeniff, Abinadi, Alma, and Ammon: Book of Mormon Comics by Stephen Carter and Jett Atwood. Like its source material, iPlates tells incredible (and often gory) stories about Hebrew prophets, missionaries, kings and warriors living in the Americas before Christ’s birth. But it’s in pictures, so it’s more entertaining. … Read more

It’s the One-Year Anniversary of the Policy Change

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Mormon church’s policy forbidding baptism for children of same-sex couples, I thought I would share this video, produced by the church, illustrating Luke 18:15-17. It tells what happened when Jesus’s disciples tried to keep children away from him because they (the kids) were seen as unworthy of Jesus’s … Read more

Rainbow Snippets: Six Sentences from “Mi Alma”

My contribution this week to the Rainbow Snippets meme comes from Mi Alma, a short romance about a Dominican bartender who falls for an ex-Mormon patron. It was published by Torquere Press: Damian picked up his phone and dialed the number. “Hello, this is Alma Larsen,” a voice said on the other end of the line. … Read more

New Anthology: Mad About the Boys

My third release this past week is in Mad About the Boys, an m/m erotic romance anthology from House of Erotica. My piece is called “Missionary Disposition.” Summary: Two young men bound for Mormon missions decide to have one final hurrah before turning their lives over to the control of their church for two years. They … Read more