A Young Mormon's Coming Out Story
In a new Current TV segment, 26 year-old Cody Derrick tells his coming out story. According to the video's synopsis, Derrick grew up in a conservative Mormon home in Salt Lake City, Utah. The viral video has been featured on blogs like Pam's House Blend and shows the young Mormon and his parents discussing how they came to terms with their faith and Derrick being gay. Derrick mentions that his biggest fear was of losing God's love and potentially going to hell:
I felt like I was losing the religion. My identity that was the Church and in losing that I was losing God because God wouldn't love you if you were not obeying the Church's teachings. My biggest fear was I'll go to hell...that was the hard part.
Derrick's father, who is identified as a former Bishop in the Mormon Church, clarifies that there was no doubt for them that they would love and support their child no matter what: "Some people forget, first thing we are Christians and everything else is added upon that. As a Christian, we are supposed to love."
Derrick shared that people ask him whether it was hard to come out. He tells them that because of the support of his family, their faith and unconditional love, it was easy and he wants to help others.
I feel like it's my duty because of how wonderful they've been to say, ‘No, it wasn't hard at all.' It was hard for me because of aspects outside of my family but not because of them. I would've died without them.