Eric shares his story of reconciling his same-sex attraction and membership in the LDS Church which eventually led him to decide to marry a woman and remain an active member of the Church.
Eric realized he was gay as a teenager and spent several years trying to hide it. He wanted to be a good
member of the church and being gay didn’t fit in to that role. When serving a mission didn’t “cure”
him of his gayness, he began to be more comfortable about his homosexuality, though he wasn’t very
public about it. While attending BYU, he met a girl that he really liked and began a relationship with her.
Knowing it was important to be open about his sexuality, Eric let her know he was gay when they first
started dating. Though it was hard at first, they decided they still wanted to be together and eventually
got married. He knows this isn’t the right choice for everyone, but it is the right choice for him. He hopes
to be more open about his sexuality in the future so that others can see it is possible to be an active
member of the church and gay.

by Matt Balls

Read an update from Eric here: “Where Are They Now? Eric”

 

(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.)