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By January 10, 2015

Keep an eye out, now! A small handful of roundup links on matters of interest from the past few weeks…

TLC’s My Husband’s Not Gay

Just when you’d thought we’d exhausted all the angles for a Mormon-related reality series, we now have My Husband’s Not Gay, from TLC (of Sister Wives and My Five Wives fame). Shot in Salt Lake City, My Husband’s Not Gay premieres tonight at 10 ET, and reportedly it revolves around the lives of four LDS men who, despite feeling attraction to men, do not identify as homosexuals. Indeed, three have chosen (presumably on the basis of their religious convictions) to marry women, and the show will trace the conflicts between sexual desire, human identity, and religious conviction.

In anticipation of the premiere, the show has generated a fair bit of controversy. Gay advocates have turned up the heat on TLC, denouncing the show as “downright irresponsible”; “dangerous for LGBT people”; and “damaging for Mormons, especially gay Mormon youth.” A sizable campaign has also been petitioning for the show’s cancellation. TLC, for its part, shrugged off the criticism earlier this week, and the LDS Newsroom struck a moderating tone. On the basis of his critic’s sneak preview, NYT TV critic Neil Genzlinger characterizes the show as classic incendiary reality tv, although he does note “a few interesting and genuine-sounding moments in which the couples or their friends explore the collision of  faith and feelings.” Those kinds of enlightening moments, however, he expects to be inevitably “drowned out.”

Other multifarious tidbits:

Peggy Fletcher Stack reports on Ordain Women‘s new photo illustration series envisioning female officiation in priesthood ordinances.

Regional media continue to track the unfurling of the Book of Mormon musical across the country in smaller markets, the responses of Latter-day Saints and the Church’s proselytizing response.

A new (and largely nonplussed) review of Avi Steinberg’s recent “bibliomemoir” The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri.

P.S. To all last-minute applicants for the Maxwell Institute’s Mormon Theology Seminar, 2015, a reminder that Jan. 15 is your day of reckoning.

Article filed under Gender Miscellaneous Mormon Studies Weekly Roundup Roundup Women's History


Comments

  1. Ryan, Isn’t the day of reckoning February 15?

    Comment by Gary Bergera — January 11, 2015 @ 9:17 am

  2. Thanks, Gary. I’m just going from the linked call for applicants on the MI’s website, which says: “Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2015. Notifications will be sent by February 15, 2015.” If things have changed or you know differently, please do let me know.

    Comment by Ryan T. — January 11, 2015 @ 8:39 pm

  3. Thanks, Ryan. There may be some confusion. See the following link:
    http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/news-events/apply-2015-summer-seminar/

    Comment by Gary Bergera — January 11, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

  4. We are talking about different seminars.

    Mormon Theology Seminar (deadline: Jan 15)
    http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/cfa-mts-201/

    Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture (deadline: Feb 15)
    http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/news-events/apply-2015-summer-seminar/

    Comment by Edje Jeter — January 11, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

  5. Okay, gotcha. Thanks, Edje.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — January 12, 2015 @ 9:40 am

  6. Thanks, Edje.

    Comment by Ryan T. — January 12, 2015 @ 2:36 pm


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