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Tabernacles of ClaySexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism$
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Taylor G. Petrey

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469656229

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656229.001.0001

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Sodom and Cumorah

Sodom and Cumorah

(p.53) Chapter Two Sodom and Cumorah
Tabernacles of Clay

Taylor G. Petrey

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter follows a competing set of ideologies for thinking about same-sex relationships from the 1950s to the 1980s, from moral causes and cures to psychological causes and cures. Mormon theories of homosexuality focused primarily on men and believed that it was a result of deficient masculinity. Church leaders invested in new institutions and theories to provide a cure to homosexuality during this period, including both pastoral counselling and reparative therapy. There also emerged a new anxiety about the word “homosexuality” as conveying unchangability, and LDS leaders cautioned against using the term. New teachings on transgender identity also arose in this period.

Keywords:   Sexual Purity, Homosexuality, Reparative Therapy, Psychology, Religion, Masculinity, Pastoral Counselling, Transgender, Reparative therapy

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