Press Archive

2013


Op-ed: How Mormons Evolved From Prop 8 to Pride
The Advocate, December 7, 2013
In the Mormon world, the term “mighty change of heart” describes that light-bulb moment when a human understands, at a soul-deep level, the true message of unconditional love taught by our Savior.

Why Mormon Support of the BSA Decision Is a Good Thing for Gay Mormon Youth
Huffington Post, August 12, 2013
When I was in first grade, I wasn’t so different from all the other Mormon boys in my class. Like them, I couldn’t wait for the bell signaling the end of the school day to ring. But unlike them, I didn’t run to the playground to toss the ball or head to a friend’s house to hang out. I got home as quickly as I could, because right after school the local television station aired reruns of the original Star Trek series — and I had a great, big, school-boy crush on Captain James T. Kirk.

“Real Mormons Love Everyone!” – SF Gay Pride 2013, Photo Feast
Daily Kos, June 30, 2013
You know you’ve come a long way in the fight for equality when the people you come across at the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco are these guys.

About-face for Mormons – contingent joins parade
San Francisco Chronicle, June 30, 2013
Five years ago, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pumped $20 million and tens of thousands of volunteers into 2008′s Proposition 8 campaign, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

The 6 Most Optimistic Gay Mormon Moments of 2012
Huffington Post, March 11, 2013
I’m a big believer in positive reinforcement. When I was in sixth grade, my teacher talked me into signing up for the basketball team that he coached. I was lousy, but he kept a patient eye on me, corrected me when I was wrong and instilled in me both the belief that I could do better and the desire to do so.

The Mormon Call for Openness and Understanding of LGBT Issues
Huffington Post, February 7, 2013
On December 6th, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) launched a new website designed to open the dialogue about LGBT issues inside the Mormon faith.

2012


Mitch Mayne: Gay Mormons for Equality
The Commonwealth Club Podcast, October 11, 2012
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A Way Out: Preventing Suicide and Homelessness for LGBTQ Mormon Youth
Huffington Post, August 14, 2012
I am not your typical gay man. Nor am I your typical Mormon. For the past nine months, I have served as the executive secretary in the bishopric (the religious leadership) of my home ward in San Francisco, Calif., as my authentic-self — an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint.

Op-ed: A Way Out of Danger for Mormon Youth
The Advocate, June 14, 2012
I am not your typical gay man. Nor am I your typical Mormon. For the past nine months, I have served as the executive secretary in the bishopric (the religious leadership) of my home ward in San Francisco as my authentic self — an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint.

Gentle Dissent in Mormon Church on Gay Marriage
New York Times, June 12, 2012
The congregants wore church clothes to the annual gay pride parade here in the heartland of Mormonism. Waving rainbow signs and urging love and acceptance, they marched at the front of the line, vanguards of a new movement of Mormons challenging their church’s staunch opposition to homosexuality.

Op-ed: Gays and Mormons-Do Unto Others
The Advocate, January 6, 2012
I think it’s no secret that I’m an openly gay, active Latter-day Saint. In August of last year, I was called to serve as executive secretary in the bishopric of the Bay Ward in San Francisco — as an openly gay man.

2011


Is This the Mormon Ambassador to LGBT People?
The Advocate, October 11, 2011
Mayne, who has a day job in corporate communications — Mormon clergy and staff are volunteers — spoke with The Advocate about having “a foot in both worlds,” the Mormon world and the gay one.

Mitch Mayne Part 1
Mitch Mayne Part 2
The Cultural Hall Podcast, November 7, 2011
On August 14, 2011, Mitch Mayne was sustained as the executive secretary in the Bishopric of the Bay Ward of the San Francisco Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons).

Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon
CNN, September 24, 2011
Mayne finds himself in the spotlight as he embarks on a journey he says “belongs to all of us.” In mid-August he was selected, or called (as Mormons say) by local church officials to serve in an LDS Church leadership position in San Francisco.

Interview With Mitch Mayne, An Openly-Gay Member Of A Mormon Bishopric
PRIDE in Utah, September 11, 2011
This past week, I read an article in the Salt Lake Tribune about an openly-gay man in San Francisco who has just been named as a member of the Bishopric in his local Mormon congregation. Needless to say, I immediately tracked him down for an interview.

An Interview with Mitch Mayne: Gay, Mormon, & Recently Called
Modern Mormon Men, September 8, 2011
Over the last several years, Mitch Mayne has been anxiously engaged in a good cause. He has been helping to build bridges between the LGBTQ community and the LDS church.

Openly Gay Mormon Appointed to LDS Church Leadership Position
Religion Dispatches, September 7, 2011
Late Sunday, news came across the Mormon grapevine: an openly gay Mormon man named Mitch Mayne had been asked (or “called,” in Mormon parlance) to serve as a leader in an LDS congregation in San Francisco.

Gay Mormon named to key local LDS leadership post in San Francisco
Salt Lake Tribune, September 7, 2011
When members of San Francisco’s LDS Bay Ward want to meet with the bishop, they’ll call Mitch Mayne. When they want to schedule a wedding or a reunion at the Mormon meetinghouse, they’ll turn to Mayne. When the bishop convenes a ward council, Mayne will be there.

Mormon church’s new San Francisco liaison Mitch Mayne is openly gay
San Francisco Examiner, September 6, 2011
A congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in San Francisco has garnered national attention with the high-level appointment of an openly gay man.

Kirby: A gay man in the Mormon bishopric? Big deal
Salt Lake Tribune, September 1, 2011
If you’re LDS, it’s important to consider this now that a gay man is serving in a San Francisco ward bishopric. Mitch Mayne identified himself as being gay but he’s still in the bishopric.

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