"Obama had the audacity to greet another world leader with a gesture so meaningless, you can teach a Basset Hound to do it." -Jon Stewart
John Dehlin is a practicing Mormon … and an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights. In this touching talk at TEDxUSU, John shares how a friendship with an openly gay coworker changed his views on homosexuality and led him to a career in psychology.
In his research, John looks at the complex, often-prickly relationship between religion and sexuality. Here, he shares some of his findings — heartbreaking statistics about how negative feelings toward sexuality and attempts to “fix” same-sex attraction inspire suicides and teen homelessness.
"It is easy to be an ally for the social justice battles that have already been fought and won. What is far more difficult is to figure out how we can look around us and muster the courage to be better allies to those who are suffering around us right now."