The following link will take you to a comprehensive summary of scientific information geared for the average LDS reader. What is the science?
Other LDS Academic Perspectives
In addition to the link above, below you will find some additional perspectives of professionals who have expertise on subjects related to homosexuality and Mormonism. For an even broader list of these resources, see references from Brent Kerby’s (2011) book, Gay Mormons? Latter-day Saint Experiences of Same Gender Attraction: Books, Websites and Organizations.)
The following article provides a basic, sensitive introduction about the persistence of same-sex attraction, written especially for LDS leaders and members. Following this are articles by professionals in the fields of therapy, biology, and family science who are sensitive to and focus on LDS perspectives and beliefs in their research.
Ron Schow, Robert A. Rees, William Bradshaw, and Marybeth Raynes: The Persistence of Same Sex Attraction in Latter-day Saints Who Undergo Counseling or Change Therapy.
- Lee Beckstead, Ph.D: Review of Studies on Sex Reorientation Therapy.
- Marybeth Raynes, LCSW, (co-editor of Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation): Suggestions to Families and Leaders When a Loved One Comes Out
- Gary Horlacher, Ph.D: LDS Reparative Therapy Studies
- Brad Carmack’s Chapter 3 (mentioned below under Biological Perspectives) also reviews studies concerning sexual orientation change therapies.
Brad Carmack, is a biologist, a BYU law graduate and the author of the 2011 book, “Homosexuality: A Straight BYU Student’s Perspective.” If you follow the links below you can find two full chapters from his book. These chapters are focused on two major areas of controversy….cause and cure (mutability) of homosexuality.
- Chapter 2: What causes homosexuality?
Many people have heard competing theories about what causes homosexuality. This chapter evaluates the two most commonly heard theories and summarizes some of the consensus evidence-based discussion on the subject. The chapter also assembles the most comprehensive review available of authoritative LDS statements which address the issue.
- Chapter 3: Is homosexuality changeable?
Many wonder whether homosexual orientation can be changed. This chapter analyzes both sides of this divisive issue and reviews some of the best evidence, both LDS and scientific, which bears on the question.
Family Science Perspectives
- Gary Horlacher, Ph.D: Homosexuality among Highly Religious Mormons (HAHRM) Study Results
- Genesis of the HAHRM Study
- The HAHRM Data
- Strugglers, Secularists & Moderates
- Religiosity, Sexuality, and Suicide Ideation
- Age, Gender, Education, Income, Marital Status & Children, Geographic Distribution
- Religious-Homosexual Identity Scale
- Genesis of the HAHRM Study
- Homosexuality Among Highly Religious Mormons (Survey from 2003)
- Homosexuality among Highly Religious Mormons Follow-Up Study (Survey from 2007)
- Ron Schow discusses the decision to get married heterosexually by homosexually oriented individuals in an article published in the journal Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 2005, Vol. 38 (3), entitled, “Homosexual Attraction and LDS Marriage Decisions” (see the link by Raynes below for the last page of the Schow article)
- Marybeth Raynes discusses heterosexual marriage by homosexually oriented individuals in an article published in the journal Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 2005, Vol. 38 (3), entitled, “Thoughts of a Therapist“
- Gary Horlacher, Ph.D: Review of Eleven Mormon-Homosexual Studies
- Gary Horlacher, Ph.D: LDS Homosexual Identity and Social Spiritual Needs
- William Bradshaw, Robert A. Rees, Ron Schow, and Marybeth Raynes: Review of In Quiet Desperation.
- Find Other Reviews on North Star website and Kerby Resources list