Queer in Utah
The new generation of LGBTQ+ Mormons in Utah is changing the course of its historic struggle between their sexual identity and the conflicts with their religious beliefs, by publicly acting on their sexuality while some of them still practice their faith. Despite the Church’s strict teachings, they are determined in their pursuit of love, each taking their own path by either enduring through the scrutiny of their surroundings or taking a step away from the Church. Generally, the social framework of the LDS Church has resulted in a path of dilemmas and self-doubt for many people looking to make the hard decision whether or not to act on their desires. This project aims to take an objective look at some of those paths taken and the struggles that are endured by many of the brave millennials that are persistent in their quest for self-discovery and affirmation. Despite many stories of struggles and judgment even today from their communities, this openness and determination have resulted in growing support from people and institutions across Utah. Many couples feel most at home in the beautiful natural settings for which Utah is known, others feel more comfortable in the bustling city. The photographs are taken in places that align with each couple’s personality and lifestyle, reinforcing the vast diversity within their community.