Chase lives a life he’s proud of, filled with the desire for goodness and love that Mormonism taught him, and he’s also happily married to a good man.
At 15 Chase knew something “wasn’t right” about the way he felt about boys. He also knew that as a Mormon, if he did everything right, those feelings would go away. Two years later, Chase realized that his attraction to men wouldn’t change, but he was sure that God would not ask him to give up companionship and love in his life. Terrified that his friends and family would reject him, and unable to risk that rejection and pain, Chase attempted suicide more than once. Happily Chase has found unconditional love and acceptance from many of his family and friends, and, more importantly, he has accepted himself. Although Chase left Mormonism, he still tries to live the principals of goodness and love that were part of his Mormon upbringing, which includes a happy and healthy marriage to a good man.
Chase’s video is one of many that have been sent in to us. We can’t take our cameras everywhere but we want to hear and share you story too, so record yourself sharing your story, upload it, and send us the link.
by Martha Ostergar
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(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 homosexual and Mormon today.)