(part 4 of 5) Joanna Brooks, Ph.D, is a national voice on Mormon life and politics and an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture and the author of The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith. In part 4, Joanna acknowledges the homophobia within Mormon culture and suggests that one way to reduce toxic beliefs about the LGBT community is to encourage gay Mormons to tell their stories. She suggests that all of us have stories to tell about the ways we navigate Mormonism and it is in such storytelling that homosexual men and women will help open the minds and hearts of those in their families, wards, and neighborhoods. Joanna is grateful for the evolutionary nature of the LDS church and expresses a great deal of faith that kindness will prevail in the end.

 by Krisanne Hastings

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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 a part of what it means to be homosexual and Mormon today.)