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Gender, Sexuality And The LDS Church

Provided by Taylor Petrey
University of North Carolia Press

Have you ever thought that your gender could be a privilege? For certain leaders of the LDS church in the 1950s and ‘60s, only the very righteous would get to keep what made them a man or a woman in the next life. 

For those who know the sexual teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, the idea of a genderless afterlife is likely surprising. The Family: A Proclamation to the World, a church-wide document released in 1995, states that “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal and eternal identity and purpose.” So what changed? We’ll talk with Dr. Taylor G. Petrey, author of Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism about the LDS church’s history of gender teachings over the past 70 years and what might change still going forward.

Dr. Taylor G. Petey’s book is Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism.[IndieBound|Amazon]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.