Coming out, going home, being gay, finding peace

LOGAN — It was winter break my junior year of high school. Our whole family was home together, and I was happy. My oldest brother took me aside a couple of days before Christmas and told me a secret he’d been keeping all his life: “I’m gay.” The words have been said millions of times. Yet the effect of those words can be so different, depending on the audience. Since that night more than three years ago, I have learned of many others in similar situations. At least two of my professors have had gay brothers, and despite being in a generally conservative area, there are many gay and lesbian students at Utah State University. Bryce Sprosty, a sophomore from Vernal, said he came out to his family about a year and a half ago. “I came out to my family first because it was very important that they knew from me and not from other people,” he said. “Two days after Christmas, I called a family meeting.” Sprosty said after he told them, members of his family reacted differently. “At first they did not react well at all. My mom was very angry,” Sprosty said. “Everyone took their turn saying what they had to say.” Sprosty is one of six children in his family, and he said the religion is one thing that has caused tension within his family. “I was raised LDS,” he said. “And you know, that’s a challenge. My family is really tied to the church. I think the biggest conflict is that they have this plan for me that I don’t believe in.” He said his relationship has gotten better with his family members since the time he first came out. He said only one of his siblings has a big problem with it now. “My sister… told me I didn’t try hard enough to be straight and be committed to the church,” Sprosty said. “Her husband wouldn’t talk to me or look at me for a while, but we’ve hung out since then, so things are better. She had a friend who did conversion therapy, so she believes that works and I can be straight.” With time, Sprosty said, things have gotten better. “It’s old news, so people are getting over it. And that’s good.” Sprosty said he was a sophomore when he began recognizing things in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) that weren’t right for him. The stance of the LDS church…

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