A brief analysis of the November 2015 LDS/LGBT policy changes from a psychological perspective

A few things we learn from the psychology literature: One’s sexual orientation is generally not a choice, and acceptance of one’s sexuality is associated with health and well-being.  (One reference: Navigating Sexual and Religious Identity Conflict: A Mormon Perspective) Religious participation is also generally associated with well-being, unless the church one attends is perceived to be an[…]

Summary findings for our Mormon/LGBT Research

Journal of Counseling Psychology: Sexual Orientation Change Efforts among Current or Former LDS Church Members Close to 70% of LGBT Mormons attempt to change their sexual orientation.  Even though we usually think of psychotherapy as the main way of attempting change, the two most common and damaging methods of attempting change are: 1) personal righteousness (e.g., prayer,[…]