Proud parents of two children, Ty and Danielle married in 2010 and currently live in Provo, Utah, where Ty is studying to become a marriage and family therapist. In 2004, Ty coauthored In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction and later in 2011, compiled the anthology Voices of Hope: Latter-day Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction. He is also the cofounder of the nonprofit organization North Star, a support organization for LDS individuals and families affected by homosexuality. Within the context of prayer and meditation, Ty explains that he had reconciled his religion and his sexuality, and committed to and was ready to live a life of celibacy. However as Ty grew in his relationship with God, a new path began to emerge —Ty and Danielle dated, fell in love, got married in the temple, and started a family. They both admit that their experiences are atypical, but they also believe that their individual emotional, psychological, and spiritual paths that led to their marriage were inspired by Heavenly Father.
In part one of this interview, the Mansfields share, generally, how they feel about being married and describe the process of how they first met and began dating. After almost two years of marriage and a child, the Mansfields talk about how they approach their relationship and suggest that it’s really not so fundamentally different from any other marriage–the greatest challenges they face not necessarily having to do with issues around sexuality, but with more mundane issues like finances and finding time to be together.
by Martha Ostergar
(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.)