The Cultural Hall Ep.13/Mitch Mayne Pt 1

On August 14, 2011, Mitch Mayne was sustained as the executive secretary in the Bishopric of the Bay Ward of the San Francisco Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons).

Mitch accepted this calling because of the opportunity it presents him to serve his Savior and his community. And, he accepted this calling as his authentic self: An openly gay man who loves his Savior, loves his Mormon family, loves his counterparts within the LGBTQ community, and has both desire and opportunity to serve.

You have questions-So did we.

We welcome to The Cultural Hall Mitch Mayne.


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  • Tia says:

    Your interviews are excellent! Wish they were more frequent. Thank you!

  • Joshua says:

    I have been following this story with interest. I find myself less hung up on the fact that he is gay, than by people referring to him as a “priesthood leader”. He carries no priesthood keys, is not a high priest, does not serve in a teaching capacity, and is not in the line of succession in regard to his ward’s leadership. Doesn’t this create an inaccurate picture for people who do not understand the hierarchy of church leadership?

  • Derrek says:

    Thank you guys so much! You may or may not realize how important this topic is for the general Utah public but its things like this that are opening up peoples minds. I too am a Gay LDS man and its comforting to know that this is something that you are shedding a little light on. I’m grateful to Mitch for being courageous enough to share his story and be an example for those of us in similar positions in life. Thanks again.

  • John says:

    Being informed of the days situations is good, the prophet has asked us respect those with different values and beliefs. I at times am angry when the gay society feels that they need to have special recognition. Gay rights day? There is no Straight rights day. Pink Dot day. Why does society need to view the gay society as special with a day for victims of suicide of gay people? Why not focus in on solving suicide both young and old for all people. There is way to much publicity towards this society.
    It is my belief that for what ever reason someone choses the gay lifestyle. It is their choice. It is my opinion that sometimes the gay society comes across as victims.
    When someone talk’s bad about this lifestyle they are persecuted. Don’t we straight people have the right to have an opinion?
    Since this is a program for mostly LDS listeners we understand being persecuted from Joseph Smith to today.
    It is ok to talk about someone who has over come some sort of diversity (throat cancer, blindness, etc) and has received a calling, but someone who has made his choice of the lifestyle that he is living. The substance abuser who was given a calling and changed because of it. The pianist who has no fingers and plays the piano in Sacrament meeing. Someone who has gone from being a Paul or Alma ( before conversion) to their progress after conversion.

  • Maggie says:

    Wow, seriously interesting and edifying conversation. Thanks for letting us all listen in. I find Mitch’s honesty about his testimony truly inspiring. I know that I am not alone in my concern for my gay friends both within the church and outside of the church. And I’m incredibly grateful for the work that Mitch is doing to reach out to this community. Also, I think that there is so much that we can all learn from one another. We all face trials and we are each charged with building a personal relationship with our Heavenly Father and Savior. Mitch may not have figured out how to bottle this, but I think he’s doing a good job of sharing it.

  • Tuckabee says:

    Where’s Episode 14? Can’t find it on the website….

  • Melissa says:

    This was one of the most spiritually thought provoking and uplifiting episodes. It made me feel humbled, grateful and closer in my own relationship with my Heavenly Father. What an amazing testimony and spirit he has. Thank you for sharing this.