Davey shares the experience of coming out to his family for the first time. When approached by his mother about his decreasing Church attendance and his relationship with women as a single, 30 year-old male, Davey felt he had no choice but to come out as a gay man. What followed was a conversation of filled with tears and love. Davey’s mother was proud of him. His father and sister have not been so accepting; his father accused him of not praying enough to rid himself of his sexual orientation, and his sister compared his sexual orientation to a drug addiction. He was called perverted for having “chosen” the gay “lifestyle.” While he finds his family’s attitudes to be less than ideal, Davey considers his sexual orientation normal, and his aggravating experiences coming out to be empowering. Davey has found that he is in better mental health and his attitudes towards the Mormon faith have improved since accepting his sexual orientation. He speaks about his experience as a gay man because he empathizes with gay youth whose families disapprove vehemently of their sexual orientation.
by Adam White
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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.)