Jerry shares his story in the hopes that those who watch it will feel like they are not the only ones. Jerry was born into a family that attended a Fundamentalist Baptist church in Salina, Kansas. When he was about 7 or 8, he moved with his mother shortly after his parents divorced to Utah, where they were baptized into the church. He served a mission in Guatemala, where he was a hard working missionary. After his mission, the tension he felt around his sexuality began to be too much and he distanced himself from the church and his family. It all came to a head when he was 28 and he decided he had two choices, step off the path of life or continue on it and come out and embrace his sexuality. He chose the latter and although the road hasn’t always been smooth and his life looks much different than he thought it would when he was 21, he’s glad he made the decision he did. He recently has been reconnecting with the church in a way that doesn’t feel threatening to him and has found that he can take the good that he finds there and embrace it.
(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.)