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On a Mission

From: Aimee Pomerleau
Length: 29:13

2 gay former Mormons talk about their experiences coming out.

Default-piece-image-1 Scott and Joe were both raised in the Mormon community. But being gay puts them at odds with their families and the church. Both Scott and Joe live in California, where the Mormon church has channeled a lot of energy into supporting an anti-gay initiative (known as the Knight Initiative). First aired on KPFA, April 5th, 2001. Produced for Outright Radio, a series distributed by Public Radio International.

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Scott and Joe were both raised in the Mormon community. But being gay puts them at odds with their families and the church. Both Scott and Joe live in California, where the Mormon church has channeled a lot of energy into supporting an anti-gay initiative (known as the Knight Initiative). First aired on KPFA, April 5th, 2001. Produced for Outright Radio, a series distributed by Public Radio International.

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Review of On a Mission

The stories of the gay mormons are both poignant and funny which I think was a great tone for the piece. I really enjoyed this story.

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I first heard this piece a couple of years back on Outright Radio - loved it then and loved hearing it again. The stories of two gay men brought up in the Mormon faith are told with equal portions of heart and humor - and effectively mixed with music and songs. The opening is cleverly done; I wish the ending was a bit stronger. But this is a refreshingly light take on a deadly serious issue.

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