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Questions from the Closet

Charlie Bird and Ben Schilaty discuss questions they are commonly asked as gay members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each week they are joined by a guest to talk about a question as it relates to LGBTQ+ topics within the context of faith. To submit a question or share a comment about an episode, you can email questionsfromthecloset@gmail.com.

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Charlie Bird and Ben Schilaty discuss questions they are commonly asked as gay members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Each week they are joined by a guest to talk about a question as it relates to LGBTQ+ topics within the context of faith. To submit a question or share a comment about an episode, you can email questionsfromthecloset@gmail.com.

Why is Gen Z so Gay?

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In this episode Ben and Charlie are joined by Dr. Lisa Diamond and her student Julia Decker to discuss why so many of Gen Z are coming out as LGBTQ

Dec 06 2022

1hr 3mins

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How Can I Comfortably Talk About Sex?

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Ben and Charlie are joined by Dr. Chelom Leavitt to discuss how to have healthy conversations about sex.

Nov 29 2022

1hr 4mins

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Bonus: Charlie's New Book!

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Ben interviews Charlie about his new book, Expanding the Borders of Zion!
Preorder your copy now at www.mrcharliebird.com

Nov 22 2022

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What Is Minority Stress?

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Ben and Charlie are joined by their friend Aliah Hall to discuss minority stress, what it is, and how they experience it. Towards the end of the episode they all experienced a moment of minority stress which they talk through together. That part of the conversation was not meant to stay in the episode, but it was decided to keep it in

Nov 15 2022

54mins

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Is Being Gay Part of my Identity?

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Join Ben, Charlie, and Cole as they discuss whether being gay is an essential part of your identity.

Nov 09 2022

58mins

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What is Bi Erasure?

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In this episode, Ben and Charlie are joined by Sarah Winters, a bisexual BYU student. Together they delve into what bisexual erasure means, as well as clear up misconceptions about bisexuality.

Nov 02 2022

46mins

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Can I Be Out On My Mission?

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In this episode Elder Carpenter discusses what it's like to be out on a mission.

Oct 25 2022

1hr 11mins

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What's it like to be on a pedestal?

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Sarah Kellar Langford interviews Charlie and Ben about the challenges (and blessings!) of being  public figures in the LGBTQ/Latter-day Saint space.  This previously unreleased episode was recorded over the summer between seasons 3 and 4.

Oct 18 2022

1hr 21mins

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Am I needed?

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Ben and Charlie are joined by Clare Dalton, a seminary teacher who shares her experience coming out and finding her place.

Oct 11 2022

56mins

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How do I build bridges?

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Michael Soto, President of Equality Arizona, joins to talk about overcoming division. He shares personal family stories and talks about working with the Church to pass an LGBTQ+  nondiscrimination policy for the city of Mesa.

Oct 04 2022

51mins

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Questions From the Closet Season 4 Live Q+A

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Join us for a live Q+A to kick of Season 4 of Questions from the Closet!

Sep 27 2022

1hr 8mins

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Join us for a LIVE event in Mesa, Arizona! (Season 4 Kickoff!)

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Ben and Charlie announce their Season 4 live event.

Sep 02 2022

1min

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Bonus: Season 3 Recap

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Ben and Charlie are joined by Sound Guy Mike to discuss the highlights of Season 3!

Jul 05 2022

34mins

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How Do I Create Spaces of Belonging?

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Jun 28 2022

52mins

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Bonus: Meet Charlotte

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Join us as we talk with Charlotte, Ben's land lady and friend.

Jun 21 2022

29mins

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What if I don’t feel God’s love?

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Barry Donakey joins for a conversation about divine silence. 

Jun 14 2022

51mins

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What is gender dysphoria?

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Alexis Hovorka joins Ben and Charlie to talk about her experience with gender dysphoria.

Jun 07 2022

40mins

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What does the research say about healing?

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Dr. Lisa Diamond returns with her colleague Josh Christensen to discuss their findings on a recent LGBTQ+/religious study about healing from emotional trauma. 

May 31 2022

53mins

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How do I Respond to Hurtful Comments?

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Jessica Abele joins us to discuss how to respond when a loved one says something hurtful.

May 24 2022

41mins

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What's it like to be gay at BYU Hawaii?

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Iese Wilson shares his experience as a gay student at BYU-H and highlights challenges faced by international LGBTQ+ members of the Church.

May 17 2022

58mins

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Thank you!

By UC Rob - May 04 2020
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A friend introduced me to this podcast, and the perspectives you are sharing have been blessing my life. After more than 40 years of keeping my closet door very tightly shut, I’ve been slowly opening that door, and I am finding treasures that apply to me in profound ways throughout all of these perspectives. Thank you for providing goodness and help and hope in my journey!

Very Needed!

By Cmaninstagold - Apr 01 2020
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I’m so glad this podcast exists. It is very well done, and the hosts sound intelligent and honest.