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Mormon Student Tells His Friends and Family He's Gay and Films Their Reactions: VIDEO


Jimmy Hales is a gay BYU student and Mormon missionary. For an entire year he has been coming out to friends and family and capturing it on film.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

HalesHales wrote a detailed blog post in which he describes his experience coming out as a Mormon along with the making of the film.:

So today has arrived.  G-day.  I have officially come out.  Wow.  A year ago I didn't even think of myself as being gay; denial owned my face.  But I was getting older, 3 of my 5 roommates here at BYU were engaged and the majority of my closest friends were already married.  The only people at parties were freshmen and sophomores, and the things they did at the parties were boring.  Personally I feel like an OK dancer, but "Just Dance" kept giving me the lowest score at the party.  Why did people go to these lame things?  Oh, to get a date.

Then suddenly I had a thought: 'I feel like I should make movies again like I did in high school.  Sounds good to me.'

Hales began shooting his coming outs to friends and family in January 2012 and says he just finished this month.

SisterHales adds:

When it came time to edit the footage, I ended up cutting well over half of the script.  In fact, I cut the parts that I initially thought were most important.  Similarly, while searching online for some royalty free music, I felt I should just write the music and record it myself, so I did.  That's why the music is lame...

...At this point, me being gay it not such a big deal to me or those close around me.  I believe, with time, it won't as big a deal to all members of the church either.  They just need opportunity to think about it, so here I am posting about it.  Every Mormon I've come out to has been awesome.  Soon enough, gay people will be able to come out and not be as afraid to do so.    However, there will always be a certain stigma attached to it to some degree, for living a lonely celibate mortal life is a taste of hell, and the possibility that a person might "fall away" is always possible.  If you know someone who has fallen away, please try to understand that they've been through hell, and that they've probably gone through hell all by themselves with little or no help.  Please love them.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

And read the full blog post here.

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  1. Tiki - the stance he's taking is to mirror that of his church. This is no profile in courage. He's offering himself as someone to be pitied and tsked, someone to feel sorry for. He screams to high heavens how empathetic his church elder was when he came out - "that sucks" is apparently a very loving, understanding statement. Look how wonderful his church is!

    It wouldn't shock me if this was a PR move by the LDS. They are fond of "... and I'm a Mormon" youtube ads.

    Posted by: John | Feb 20, 2013 10:49:42 PM

  2. Did anyone notice the title at the very start of the video, "Facetious Productions"?

    My first reaction was that it was a put on - like Trey Parker playing a nice Mormon boy who gets roped into a porn studio in the film "Orgasmo" (he never actually does anything - they use a stunt guy for the actual sex, with the film cutting just before anything really X rated would be seen).

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 20, 2013 11:12:30 PM

  3. jesus. what a hell on earth to cater to a crap religion that turns its followers into gay-hating zombies. this guy will NEVER fully break free.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 20, 2013 11:17:20 PM

  4. His Chinese is really good.

    Posted by: G | Feb 21, 2013 12:49:33 AM

  5. He seems like a nice upbeat kinda guy. However if he is thinking of living his life as a celibate, he might check with some Catholic priests to find out how that is working for them.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 1:59:12 AM

    --- and neither did the one a few months back about the Gay guy happily married to the woman
    --- or the one about the protest in SLC
    --- or the one showing happy Gay BYU students
    --- or the story about the Black non-mormon BBall player at BYU who was repenting from having sex


    Posted by: Bob | Feb 21, 2013 2:40:23 AM

  7. @Bob: It's called "decaf." Look into it.

    @John: Chill out. This kid is a victim of brainwashing, not a jackbooted member of the SS. Don't so quick to call in the firing squad.

    @Moz: I'll admit that Mormonism has changed a lot since I was raised in it, but I'm pretty sure we were taught that there was a Hell. I remember, cuz that's where they told me gays would go. Just not permanently, what with the big Paradise block party that ultimately makes all those distinctions between the good, better and bestest Heavens irrelevant. Or, whatever.

    Although, I can't imagine how a literal Hell could be any worse than growing up gay and Mormon.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 22, 2013 5:47:41 AM

  8. Yes, many families are unable to accept homosexuality, because they do not have children,http://www.ebuy24hours.com/detail/Mens-high-neck-and-long-coat-thick-warm-coat_1073.html and people like to put their hopes on the next generation, it is very difficult to solve the problem.

    Posted by: Kenrich | Sep 11, 2013 4:33:39 AM

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