Saturday, April 18, 2009

Hi, I'm Wyatt

I use to care A LOT about anyone knowing my identity in association with this blog, but I don't have any reason to hide anymore. In fact, I owe it to myself and to those who are going through the same things that I was to be a voice an.

Here's my blog: 'Lead Singer Of a Rock Band' and you can check out my posts there. I'll be deleting this one at some point or maybe leaving it up for whomever stumbles on it. I haven't decided yet. It's crazy how much I've grown in the past couple of years. I feel so blessed and so happy with the decisions I've made and where I've found myself.

Life your life!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Quite Possibly The Best Thing...

Being a dad is my most sought after roles. I look forward to it and ponder daily what it would mean and how it will feel. Recently with the self-outed Clay Aiken coming to the press and announcing his homosexuality, he sites his child as the one reason why he decided to make his sexuality public. He reports: “I cannot raise a child to lie or hide things.” Wow. To me that speaks volumes about what it means to not just be a dad, but to be a human, and to strive for honesty in a way that not only effects your well being but the growth and progression of the children that enter our lives.

I can't wait to be a dad. I can't wait to share my life with a child that will teach me in ways that only children can. I want to to dad things and have dad outings, and of course I want to do all of this with a partner who loves and supports me.

When I was married to a woman I had the chance to have children. She wanted them and so did I but deep down inside I always felt that it was wrong to bring a baby into the relationship that me and my wife lived. We would have been amazing parents and we would have given the child an awesome home, but at the end of the day I knew that I would be lying to this child who would expect me to love and cherish his or her mother the way that straight men interact with their wives. And on some level as children always do and as people begin to notice that I was living a lie and that I was in the process teaching my son or daughter to lie. How much better off will I be and will my children be growing up in a home with complete honesty and authenticity. What power and integrity will the child feel to know that his or her dad is living and honest path.

Monday, September 22, 2008

One Of The Best Things About Being Gay...

Just a kiss. A simple sweet and intimate kiss. Need I say more?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


To my bewilderment I see that people still check my blog here which pleases me because I love those of you who commented. You are a huge part of my journey and I appreciate the desire to know about my life and to continue to play a part in my journey.

Scot said...
"I think I know that exhaustion you describe ;-).
I'm curious. I came out when I thought there were no other gay people around, let alone people advocating for gay rights. With your history here and as a man who had all sides debating in comments on your blog and who, I'm sure, once posted something about enduring in the LDS faith that frustrated me :-), how do you regard that past? Do you think you'd have just ended up where you are regardless of our peanut gallery of blogs and comments, maybe even sooner?"

Very good questions and yeah I was at some points of my dialogue about the Church and about my marriage really set on making it work and for all intents and purposes I tried my hardest to reason myself out of...reason. And I'm sure at some point I would have reached this place where I find myself now because this is what I really wanted and this is what I worked for. I ultimately didn't want to live my life in a compromise and I didn't want to 'settle' for something. I truly wanted to experience happiness on every level and venue and my life at that time wasn't allowing me to do that. I find now that I am completely separated from the Church that it is crazy to me how much I felt like I had to conform to the societal pressures of my friends and family and now that I've let it all go I feel just as loved and maybe even more loved because they now me now for who I really am and they love me despite the fact that I've decided to leave the Church and pursue a gay lifestyle (whatever that means). So, Scot: I don't know if I answered your question to the extent that you would have liked but the point I want to make is that in retrospect I feel frustrated at myself for where I was at but that was part of the process and I'm just grateful that I've been able to let go and move on and continue on the path of bliss that I find myself taking part of.

"Pancakes said...
I like how you have put some of my thoughts into words. I am still a member and once felt for the longest time, I was enduring the Church, but thankfully no longer am. I agree with you that it shouldn't be that way and one needs to find peace instead of constant endurance."

Thank you so much. And that's been the point that I have tried to live my life by in someways, is that there is no end... isn't that interesting that the Church teaches that doctrinally there is no end and we limited by our mortal view of limited knowledge of time and that in God's eyes and in the scheme of the eternities and as the Kolob him suggest: "there is no end..." so why do they preach "endure to the end" so ferociously? The end doesn't exist people, only the now. Live in the now because the past doesn't exist, the future doesn't exist. If you are not happy and you are merely 'trying' then all you'll get is the try and not the embodiment of what you are searching for. Live it now. Be happy now. Live your life now, because it's all we have. If you wait around for there to be peace then all you'll get is no end to waiting (sung in the "Hie To Kolob" tune).

"Beck said...
"...leaves me with the desire to fight for the cause of truth and justice in the context of healthy gay living. But not a lot of the gay Mormon bloggers want to hear about that." I DO!
I want you to blog more. I need to understand your "desire to fight for the cause of truth and justice in the context of healthy gay living". I need to understand your "authenticity" and the journey to obtaining it. I need to experience through you your discovery of "truth" out of the context of the church. I need to see your "fight" and learn from it.
Why would anyone not find interest and not "want to hear about" such things?
Your post is bemoaning the past. So be it. Let it go. That part I don't need to hear about. Help me to know the present and the future of "Elbow"."

BECK!!!! I love you dearly, man. Thank you for your interest and for sharing your journey. I guess in a way your comment has given me more of a desire to write about my life in the now and live up to what I preach. Why dwell on the past and refer to a live that is done with. There is the now to focus on and now my life is me trying to do the best with what I have as an openly gay man who has found peace outside the LDS Church and who is learning to fly with new wings and new feathers and in that respect I have so much to say and so much to add. And yet I'll warn you, being gay and open and dating guys and all that comes with it is still just life and it's really not much different except for the fact that the angst is gone. And there's only so many times I can mention the lack of angst in reference to what my life is now. But I do have so much that I think will and can be of interest.

SO on that note I'll mention that the best and most rewarding thing about my present life is the freedom I feel to be me and to feel so much love for myself. I can't express how much I love myself, and if that sounds weird then what follows might sound weirder: I'm so blessed by my life at the present that I feel sorry for people who aren't gay and who aren't able to live openly gay lifestyles. Gay culture, gay people, gay things are pretty much the same as straight things and everyday people, the only difference is that gay people have all come to an obstacle and faced the challenge of society and self-loathing and uncertainty and as a result are collectively fierce group of fighters. Granted there are the bitchy queens and the negative 'girls' but the commodore is undeniably beautiful and I'm surprised at how much I value that part of being paralleled with that collective consciousness.

And as someone who loves himself and who is so proud of his own journey, it feels really amazing to be in my skin and to be who I am and how I am and where I am in my life. So many blessings have come from my choice to live in this state of blatant old fashioned honesty.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

To Fight For

It's hard finding motivation to write here where as before I had a lot of angst to let out. And the joy I currently feel from the abandoning of my faith in the Mormon Church and the escape of a lifestyle that wasn't authentically mine, leaves me with the desire to fight for the cause of truth and justice in the context of healthy gay living. But not a lot of the gay Mormon bloggers want to hear about that. They like feeling tortured and clingy and as a way to justify pain and sorrow the fall back is always the Church.
As I look at the LDS faith I see a past that had so many happy moments and the culture in which it was fostered is more of a lifestyle than a religion. As I see it, God is good (if there is a God) and if God is good then why would he discriminate against a man and a man loving each other and wanting a family? Why would two women in love be any different than one man and many wives falling in love with each other? And as the Church is suppose to be consistent with God's plan, why is there so much change? Especially when it appears that God changes so much to fit the current political and technological advancements. Which is cool, but it still doesn't explain why there is only one Church. If God changes so much then shouldn't he be allowed to change Churches like the Church seems to change policies.
Why are people born into the Church and feel that it's the right and only and truest Church when they haven't experienced other religions or lifestyles? Why does the Church feel like it has to outlaw the love that I feel when it was challenged in times past about the way that their family structure functions? Surely if anyone understands what it's like to be discriminated against for unconventional marriage practices it should be the Church?
And what's up with all these gay Mormon bloggers who feel that they have to fight for gay marriage but not to it in the confines of their religion. Technically shouldn't they be handing in their temple recommends for not having the same views as the Prophets on the matter of gay marriage. And if anything should be done about the way that people within the faith see other people outside of the faith shouldn't I be more inclined to prove that I'm a good person regardless of my status in the Church? Should I not be the one to show people that a gay man is as equally loved and full of joy as a man within the Church?
I don't get it. I don't understand it and finally I am free to live my life the way that I love and the way that makes me happy and complete and full of growth and beauty.
I struggle with keeping this blog open cause I'm not sure what purpose it serves. I'm hiding my identity for what? I'm blogging about how happy I am in the context of a religion that I don't even practice anymore and I'm slow to feel empathy for the situation of gay mormon bloggers who I don't feel close to because I don't like listening to the back and forth stories of feeling like the only thing left to do in life is endure to the end. What are you enduring? You're enduring the Church. Do you realize that? You're enduring the very thing that you're suppose be living for. But you can't wait for it to all be settled in the next life and in the meantime your life, your present life is passing you by and you are not living in the moment.
Live in the moment. Fight for the moment. Don't endure the Church, don't endure anything. Just live and follow the authentic and truthful calling of your life and your sexuality and your way of giving and receiving love and your way of being yourself and true and good and present.
Maybe this is why I don't blog that much anymore... it's exhausting trying to fight fear.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Email Exchange With Mom

My mom and I write through email about everyday or every other day depending on what's going on in our lives. We keep in good contact but we haven't been discussing what is just under the surface. I've really tried to be honest with her but there are times when she makes it difficult for me to say what I need to say. She's amazing, and she's also very stubborn...much like myself (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree). And at the same time she is also very much a practical and by the book kind of woman which for me is such the opposite of the way I live. I tend to be more creative and open minded. Most of the time when we are together we get along but there are times when we just don't click and don't understand each other. Anyway, here's the email she sent me and below it is my response:

I want to tell you how much I love you and how important you are to our family.
I also want to tell you how much I love the gospel and how lost I would be
without it in my life.

I know that our Heavenly Father lives and Jesus Christ is truly our loving Savior.
Knowing of his sacrifice as he died on the cross being pursecuted and yet was so
willing to ask our Heavenly Father to forgive them, what a great example.
His sacrifice made the atonement possible for all of us..

I know the gospel is true.
It gives me peace and a purpose in life.
I also believe that living the commandments is the only way to true happiness.
Although the outside world would like us to believe otherwise and has a very distorted views.
I know that the gospel binds us together as families.
My greatest joy in this life would be for our family to all be striving to keep the commandment
so we can be an eternal family.

Maybe today you might not feel you need the gospel,
but on the other hand it might be just what you need to give you the inspiration
as you are being faced with very difficult challenges in your life right now.

Please remember that there has never been a time on earth where there has been so much wickedness and so much confusion and we need to recognize that is exactly what Satan wants.
Right now is the time that Satan is working so hard to destroy families and the basic family unit which our Heavenly Father has given to us to help us stay close to him.

Please know that I love you (unconditionally) more than I can express in words or on paper.
Please take every opportunity to read the Book Of Mormon ,
especially your favorite missionary scripture printed on you plaque,
which is 2 Nephi 31: 20-21.

"Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ and endure to the end, behold thus saith the Father, Ye shall have eternal life. And now behold, this is the way; and there is none other way, nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the Kingdom of God. This is the doctrine of Christ and the only true doctrine."

I truely believe that Joseph Smith was inspired to translate the gold plates to give us another book to go hand in hand with the Bible so we might have the guidance that we need in our lives today.

I Love You



I really appreciate your thoughts. It's probably the most you're ever written to me in an email.

The most important thing for me, truly, is love. It means so much to me to know that you love me unconditionally. I want desperately to be close to you and to dad and to know that you are proud of me and that you respect and understand my decisions. While that is not the easiest thing for you to do right now because of my choices I do want you to know that in return I offer you an abundant amount of compassion for what you are going through as parents. I'm so lucky to have you as my mother and while I don't easily understand you part of the time, and you of course don't understand some of my most recent choices I know that we can set that aside and focus on what is most important: unconditional love and trust for one another.

I want to tell you something that I haven't felt the need to communicate up until now. While in the past I have struggled to make the gospel work for myself and to find the alleged joy that comes along with it, I was living in a state of depression that made me both frustrated and anxious. The Church wasn't making me happy, mom. Even my last couple of years at BYU as I was living the gospel were treacherous and damaging to my soul. And while I am a naturally positive and happy person, I wanted desperately to feel something organically 'joyful' about the gospel.

Being married to Wife's Name was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was both enriching and painful at the same time. I don't regret it all the time, but there are times that I wish she and I never had to go through that. Wife's Name and I both believed a lie in that we were told that we would be happy if we lived that gospel and in living the gospel our marriage became a dark place where neither of us were progressing the way that our souls naturally wanted to progress.

I'm not saying that the Church isn't true. I'm so happy that you have found joy in the gospel and in your testimony of temples and of Jesus Christ. I too feel that my life has been blessed from the beautiful teachings of the Savior and what he taught but at the same time, mom, Jesus is separate from the Church. Living in a Church that tells people who they can and can't marry, isn't a Church that I want to belong to. And now at a time in my life where I've lost essentially everything, I've found more than I've ever wanted. I feel happier than I ever have. I feel more free, more blessed and more compassion in everything I do. And I know that it comes from being honest and from choosing to stand up for what I believe.

I don't know if the Church is true, I don't know if it is false, all I know is is that it doesn't matter. If living the teachings of the Church is suppose to make you happy then there's an inherent flaw within that paradigm. Therefore I've chosen to use my Heavenly Father and my personal relationship with Him apart from the Church as a way to seek out the best way for me to be whole and blissful.

Thank you for reminding me of my favorite missionary scripture. I remember when I picked that scripture it was one of the moments when I actually felt something from the Book of Mormon. I've always felt that there was so much war, so much focusing on death and destruction and genocide that the Book of Mormon lacked the ability to make me feel inspired to be at one with God, but remembering what 2 Nephi 31: 20-21 says, I feel at peace knowing that I still do continue to live the principles that Christ taught, "having a perfect brightness of hope and a love of God." And yet I've learned something new as well, that while the essence of Christ and what He taught is the only way that a man can reach 'salvation,' I believe that the Mormon Church is that path for some people and for others it is Buddhism, and others it is Taoism or some other form of spirituality.

I of course don't have all the answers for myself but sometimes lately I've felt blessed and so grateful for what I have and for how I am currently living my life. I no longer feel depressed, I no longer feel weighed down or lost. I am at peace and I am experiencing so much abundance from God. Basically I love my life and I want you to know that.

Maybe I've said too much, but I want to be honest with you about where I am at. I love you dearly, mom. You mean the world to me. I'd do anything for you and I'm so grateful for you in my life.


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Ever After Happily