The Cross Between Religion and Sexuality Examined in New Book

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Brandea Kelley explores the balance between the Mormon faith and life as member of the LGBTQ community

For many individuals, the freedom created by discovering their sexuality comes with a burdening choice between faith and feelings. Brandea Kelley faced such a crisis growing up in the Mormon church while simultaneously discovering her attraction to the same-sex. She chronicles her life-long journey to self-love and personal acceptance in “Mormon Grown Gay.”

Kelley tailors her memoir to individuals who feel they do not fit within their religious upbringing. She shares personal accounts of growing up in a deeply spiritual community to highlight the religious and self-persecution faced by many LGBTQ individuals.

“Mormon Grown Gay” also highlights the ability to find joy through self-discovery. Kelly provides a relatable voice to readers struggling to find acceptance and assures them happy endings are possible. Additionally, she provides valuable insight for LGBTQ allies as they work to accept their loved one.

“There is an ingrained sense of conflict that comes with deeply believing in your faith and then realizing you are the very thing your religion condemns,” Kelley said. “It can take years to find a sense of harmony between two very critical aspects of your life. With Mormon Grown Gay I want to show young individuals that there is a happy medium to be found, but is starts with loving yourself.”

After struggling most of her life, Kelley has finally found a balance between religion and love that has provided her freedom from judgement. She now looks to guide other individuals to find the same liberation. For more information on the author and book, please visit

“Mormon Grown Gay”
By Brandea J. Kelley
ISBN: 9781504368957 (softcover) 9781504368964 (e-book)
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Balboa Press

About the author
Brandea J. Kelley was born and raised in the Mormon heartland of the Utah valley. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Utah and worked as a counselor for troubled youth prior to joining the Peace Corps in West Africa. She then continued her education at the University of Washington to become a Physician Assistant and has practiced in Oncology, Urgent Care, and Surgery in her 12 years of practice. She is honored to serve on the board of two nonprofit agencies: Global Impact, which provides health care and service work to those in developing countries, and the Institute for Qigong and Integrative Medicine. She now resides happily in Seattle, Washington, with her wife and two children.


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