Berta self-identifies as a bisexual women who largely gravitates toward women, yet, in deference to her family and faith, has stayed closeted for over 18 years. Berta’s is a message of hope, but not a hope void of nuance or complication. She is grateful for the largely positive experiences she has had in the process of coming out and attributes that to actively seeking a network of people who would be affirming. She discusses how this positive reception has played a role in her deciding to return to church.  She also speaks of the complicated response she has seen from her family–she shares how much their continued love has meant to her, but also how she fears deep disappointment if her family is unable to fully integrate a future partner.

(The views expressed in this interview do not necessarily reflect those of the producers of Far Between but are reflective of some aspects of what it means to be LGBT and Mormon.)