Manage episode 292373003 series 2763297
We're back with Wendy and Tom to discuss even more magic. We dive into their "candy flipping" experience, the power of ritual, memorializing our breaks, ennegrams, and so much more!
Their story is so powerful and can't wait for you to hear more of it!
About Wendy and Tom:
Wendy and Tom Montgomery are the parents of five children, four of which identify as LGBTQ+. They were lifelong Mormons with deep pioneer roots, but left the church in 2018, after a lengthy and tumultuous effort to make the LDS Church more loving and accepting for queer Saints and their families. The story of the Montgomerys and how they navigated this minefield while staying active in the Mormon faith was documented in the Family Acceptance Project’s 2012 award-winning short film, "Families are Forever."
Wendy and Tom have been vocal advocates for inclusion and equality for the LGBTQ+ community (especially with an LDS background) for almost 10 years. Their family was the recipients of several awards for their life-saving work, including the “Voice Ally” Award from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, the “Let Love Define Family” Award from Raise A Child, and the “Tree of Life” award from Affirmation. Interviews and news stories about Wendy, her advocacy, and their family can be found on The Associated Press, Huffington Post, NPR, The Advocate, ABCnews.com, Religion Dispatches, Salt Lake Tribune, and Deseret News.
Wendy is the co-founder of Mama Dragons and has sat on the Board of Directors for both Mama Dragons and Affirmation (the country’s largest Mormon LGBTQ+ organization). She is trained and certified in suicide prevention & awareness through both QPR and the Trevor Project; and facilitates workshops on this important issue around the country. She has worked closely with organizations such as the Family Acceptance Project, The Trevor Project, Affirmation, Mama Dragons, HRC’s Equality in Religion, ACLU Arizona, ONE Community, GMCLA, PFLAG National, Peculiar, etc. Tom runs a marketing company he founded in 2000 and is a thoughtful and talented writer on LGBTQ+ Mormon issues, whose work can be found at nomorestrangers.org. Their family lives in Chandler, AZ.