Younger Mormons more accepting of gay Utahns, panel says
There is a generation gap when it comes to Mormons and the acceptance of gay issues such as marriage. That was just one of the conclusions discussed after the first showing Wednesday night of a new play, "Adam & Steve and the Empty Sea," at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center’s Studio Theatre in Salt Lake City. Playwright Matthew Greene, 26, who is straight and Mormon, could not get the play produced while attending Brigham Young University, probably because those with final approval were older, he told an audience gathered for a discussion following Wednesday’s premiere. But Greene said in his experience younger Mormons are more open to the LGBT community. "I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at the LDS response," Greene said. "The 20-something Mormons are trying to figure out life and are discovering this is not a one-sided issue." Greene said he wanted his play to explore the friendship between individuals (one Mormon and straight, one not Mormon and gay), who are pulled apart by the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.