Affiliations: Psychological and Brain Sciences, Women Gender and Sexuality
Award: Woodrow Wilson
Thoughts, Behaviors, and Consequences: LGBTQ individuals in the Mormon Church
The doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differentiates between thoughts and behaviors in their treatment of LGBTQ individuals. Because same-sex attraction is viewed as a trial, the LDS Church’s focus on agency and choice causes LGBTQ Mormons to feel increased pressure to remain celibate, marry someone of the opposite sex, or leave their church. During my ethographic study of LGBTQ Mormons in Provo, Utah and Singapore, I interviewed LGBTQ Mormons about their values, their experience in the LDS Church, and their opinions on the institutional requirements regarding sexuality and gender divisions. My findings raised interesting questions about the nature of conditional and unconditional love and cultural/local practices vs. church doctrine.
Mentor: Professor Roberto Busó-García, Film and Media Studies