Over on the AML-List e-mail discussion group about Mormon literature, I wrote the following post in answer to the question, "Where is the modern transcendent . . . Mormon gay novel?"
As a person who cannot compute Mormonism and non-sinful homosexual activity coexisting together, I am open to a novel that could somehow open my understanding differently. However, it would have to have a convincing theological component to it, because I'm 100% into Mormon theology and that's the reason why I can't accept homosexual behavior as a valid non-sinful alternative. (For more of my thoughts on that, here's the link to a Sunstone essay I recently wrote called "Why Mormonism Can't Abide Gay Marriage.")
Since no loopholes currently exist in our theology for accommodating the celestial-level active practice of homosexuality, which I argue is where you logically have to go if you're both a so-called believing Mormon and pro-gay marriage, I suppose such a novel would have to be fantasy/speculative. If it were well done, I would consider it even if I knew it didn't reflect actual reality as we understand it today. Many people expect that we will eventually have a gay equivalent of Roe vs. Wade that legalizes gay marriage on a national level and blows away all the individual state firewalls against it, and many Mormons similarly believe that our church will eventually have a gay equivalent of the 1978 race revelation. I'd like to see a novel tease out how that could possibly happen and what it would mean. (By the way, I think the issue of gay rights/marriage is potent enough to eventually divide our nation into civil war like slavery did.)
I'm not homophobic toward individuals—just last night, a gay former college roommate of mine called me from New York City for help contacting someone regarding the anti-Prop-8 demonstration some "gay Mormons" are planning for tonight at 6:30 at the Manhattan temple, and I didn't hesitate to catch up with him on the friendliest of terms and try to help him with his request. But I'm so anti-gay in principle that I think reading a gay-Mormon justification/rationalization novel would just be an intellectual exercise for me, not something that actually changed how I believe.
I have issued the challenge to gay friends in the past to somehow justify and harmonize homosexuality and Mormonism on an eternal scale (meaning both pre-mortal and post-mortal), and no one has been able to do it with any convincing theological logic—the best anyone can do is talk about God's love for all his children, equality, and stuff that just applies to the mortal here and now and doesn't explain why or how God would or could purposefully create or redeem people with homosexuality as an integral part of their eternal identity. Part of me would like to see a good novelist pull it off somehow and really restructure my Mormon mental/spiritual core with regards to homosexuality, which I believe literature could conceivably do if it's powerful and convincing enough—however, that includes literature that is actually a very well-executed deception.