In part one of this interview, Dr. Lee Beckstead, Ph.D. explains that he is a licensed psychologist with a private therapy practice in Salt Lake City. Over the years, he has conducted extensive research into understanding how to resolve sexual, social, and religious conflicts. As a part of an APA task force, he helped evaluate interventions aimed at changing sexual orientation and provided recommendations for therapeutic approaches to help those who seek out such interventions. In this part of his interview, Lee explains why he does not identify with the term homosexual, preferring to self-identify as gay because of the expansive cultural and historical inferences it carries. He describes how the Mormon identity will always be a part of him because of his efforts to diminish his homosexuality by more fully immeshing himself in the Mormon religious experience. He further recounts his process of reconciling those two components of himself and how his years of counseling patients who experience the gay-Mormon tension has deepened and expanded his understanding of the work of reconciliation.
(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.)