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Celestial Sex

Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, is an interview series about love and sex through the lens of Mormon upbringing.
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Sep 27, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank conversations about sex and religion. This week we speak with Barak Hardley, an actor and comedian who has appeared on shows like Community and The Office and currently stars in the movie "Spell". He is also the co-host of "We're Starting a Cult" with Alexis Novack. We talk to Barak about going to Bible college and his experience church planting in Utah. We also discuss his exit from the ministry, embracing sexuality, and becoming an atheist.

You can follow Barak's podcast on Instagram @startingacult and Barak @barakhardley.

You can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS.

 

Sep 20, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have open conversations about sex and religion. This week we sit down with Kim Reed to discuss her Mormon upbringing, physically developing early and dealing with negative attention from people. Kim talks about her breast reduction and the events that led to making that decision. We also discuss the important differences between LDS doctrine, the gospel, and LDS culture.

We need your help! Send us your favorite thing you know about sex- you can record it into your voice memo app and email it to us or leave us a voicemail at (YES) 6969-LDS.

You can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

Sep 12, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank conversations about sex in the context of a religious upbringing. In this episode we talk with Sara Hanks about her experience growing up Mormon, puberty, dealing with pain during sex, and her perspective on the law of chastity.

If you'd like to get in touch with us, you can email celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS

Aug 29, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open discussions about sex and religion! On this episode, we speak with Rachel Favero about her relationship to and history with Mormonism, being a mother, and her perspective on sex positivity, masturbation, body image, and more. Lots to look forward to in her episode!

If you'd like to follow her on social media you can find her at @momishness on Instagram.

If you'd like to reach out to us, you can at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod, or call us at YES-6969-LDS

Aug 1, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex. This week we speak with Conor Hilton about being ace- or asexual- and an active Mormon. What is it like for someone who doesn't experience sexual attraction? How do they make sense of that in a religion that emphasizes procreation as a step toward Godhood? We cover all of that, and we catch up with Conor one year after we recorded the first part of his interview to find out how he's doing now. Our thanks to Conor for speaking with us!

Conor's writing can be found on his blog at https://conorhilton.wordpress.com

If you'd like to get in touch with us, please email celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

Jul 19, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce, where we have frank conversations about sex and religion. In this episode, we speak with Kaisha Medford, the current president of Provo Pride- an LGBTQIA organization that hosts the annual Provo Pride parade as well as other LGBTQIA activities in Provo, UT and the surrounding area. We discuss the recent Freedom Festival in Provo and the attempted exclusion of queer organizations in their parade on the 4th of July. Discrimination against queer folks is unfortunately alive and well in Provo, and we wanted to shine a light on how they are overcoming these roadblocks. 

You can follow Kaisha's work with Provo Pride on Twitter @provopride and donate on their website at provopride.org

You can follow Celestial Sex on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod or on Facebook at facebook.com/celestialsex

You can also donate to our show on Patreon at patreon.com/celestialsex

Jul 4, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex. This week we have the hosts of the podcast Sex Talk With My Mom on the show, and we discuss their dynamic as a mother and son who talk about sex together every week as a job. We talk about their Jewish faith and the reformed movement that has changed the sexual landscape of Judaism. Their podcast is fascinating and you can listen to it here-

http://sextalkwithmymom.com

We have t-shirts available for one more day here- 

https://www.bonfire.com/celestial-sex-logo-tee/

If you'd like to support the show you can become a monthly patron! You'll get extra episodes and a Welcome Kit. You can sign up here-

https://www.patreon.com/celestialsex

We are on Instagram and Twitter @celestialsexpod and you can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS

Jun 20, 2018

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have open conversations about sex with people who grew up religious. This week we speak with Ally Beardsley. Ally is a comedian and actor and is currently a cast member on College Humor. Go watch their videos! We talk to Ally about growing up gay as an evangelical Christian, going to bible college in the closet, and now freely exploring their sexuality and gender. Ally is the best and we had an excellent conversation.

Go follow Ally on Instagram @allybeardsley and on Twitter @lilbeardsley and on College Humor @collegehumor

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod

We've extended our t-shirt sale! Grab your Celestial Sex Logo Tee at this link- https://www.bonfire.com/celestial-sex-logo-tee/

Email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com 

or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS

Jun 13, 2018

Welcome back to Celestial Sex! This week we have the pleasure of speaking with Derrick Clements. He's the former host of The Pixar Podcast, currently the host of the podcast Mosaic, and recently released an episode titled #MormonMeToo Part 1: The First Law of Heaven which we discuss in depth on this week's episode. Specifically, we tackle the overarching theme of his episode which is obedience- to church leaders, commandments like the law of chastity, and men in general- and how that relates to instances of sexual assault, like in the case of McKenna Denson by Joseph Bishop, her former MTC President. Derrick was an excellent guest, and we highly recommend listening to his podcast at this link-

https://www.mosaicpodcast.com/episodes/mormon-me-too-part-1-the-first-law-of-heaven

We have t-shirts! They have our logo! You can buy yours here- 

https://www.bonfire.com/celestial-sex-logo-tee/

And if you'd like to make an ongoing financial contribution to the show and get access to every episode of Celestial Sex you can become a patron here-

https://www.patreon.com/celestialsex

Find us on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod

And email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com 

Call us at (YES) 6969-LDS

 

Nov 22, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of a religious upbringing. In this episode we talk to Janely Martinez about her childhood in LA, having a great mom who taught her about sex and body positivity, being an active Mormon with progressive views on sex, being a newlywed, and her outlook on the future of Mormonism. 

If you'd like to support the show please become a patron at patreon.com/celestialsex where for $5/month you can hear every episode of the show and we'll discreetly mail you a Welcome Kit. Or you can send a one time donation on Venmo @chrisduce. 

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod and Facebook at facebook.com/celestialsex

Email us! celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us (YES) 6969-LDS

 

Nov 8, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. This week, we bring you part two of a two-part interview with Jake Bernhardt. Jake is a father of seven and in a mixed orientation marriage- he is gay and his wife is straight. In this episode we discuss his marriage and coming out story. In part one, we discussed his upbringing and childhood. Our thanks to Jake for sharing his story.

If you'd like to support the podcast you can become a member of our Patreon at patreon.com/celestialsex. You'll get access to weekly episodes, member-only posts, and we'll discreetly mail you a rad Welcome Kit. You can also Venmo us a one time donation @chrisduce. 

Please rate and review us in the iTunes store, it helps us a lot!

Also, if you'd like to reach out you can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS. We are also on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod

To sign Sam Young's petition to stop Mormon masturbation interviews, visit https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/protect-the-children-stop-mormon-masturbation-interviews.html

Oct 25, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. This week, we bring you part one of a two part interview with Jake Bernhardt. Jake is a father of seven and in a mixed orientation marriage- he is gay and his wife is straight. We discuss his LDS upbringing, early sexual feelings and experiences, and mission. In part two, we'll discuss his marriage and coming out story. Jake's emotional storytelling is incredible, so lots to look forward to!

If you'd like to support the podcast you can become a member of our Patreon at patreon.com/celestialsex. You'll get access to weekly episodes, member-only posts, and we'll mail you a rad Welcome Kit. You can also Venmo us a one time donation @chrisduce. 

Please rate and review us in the iTunes store, it helps us a lot!

Also, if you'd like to reach out you can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS. We are also on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod

To contribute to deLana Fernandez's BFA project, please email her your experiences at sexbfa@gmail.com 

Oct 11, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex. In this episode we speak with Scott and Mitzi Cannon (our first couple!) about each of their Mormon upbringings, marriage, differing libidos, porn, shame, and their faith journey. Make sure you listen to Scott Cannon's testimony that we just released to get a sense of what Scott went through while he was struggling with shame surrounding his porn use. 

If you'd like to support the show you can become a patron at patreon.com/celestialsex. There, you'll get access to every episode of the show and we'll send you a Welcome Kit in the mail! You can also send a one-time donation on Venmo @chrisduce.

Please follow us online on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/celestialsex

If you'd like to be on the show or tell us a story you can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS

Oct 9, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. In this episode we bring you Scott Cannon's powerful testimony that he bore to his Mormon congregation before stepping away from the church. This is a re-release of the testimony since sharing it on our Listener Stories episode. The testimony touches on the common feeling of shame after looking at pornography, and Scott shares his feelings of pain as he moved through his 'god forsaken state'. 

We'll be releasing a full interview with Scott and his wife Mitzi this week, so check back for that!

If you'd like to reach out you can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com, call us at (YES) 6969-LDS, or find us on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod.

If you'd like to support the show you can Venmo us a one-time donation @chrisduce or subscribe to the show on Patreon at patreon.com/celestialsex 

Our Patreon subscribers receive a Welcome Kit in the mail as well as access to weekly episodes of Celestial Sex.

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Sep 27, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. In this episode, we speak with James  Curran, or JTM (formerly James The Mormon) as he is known, about his unique childhood overseas as the son of a diplomat, his struggles with the law of chastity, first sexual experiences, black identity, coming into fame, and feelings about the church's stance on LGBT issues. 

You can find us on Twitter and Instagram @celestialsexpod

You can email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS. 

We are now on Patreon at patreon.com/celestialsex where you can become a member of our community and get access to every episode of the show, exclusive content, our Welcome Kit and more. Join today  at patreon.com/celestialsex

JTM can be found on Spotify, Twitter @ogjtmx or his website www.jamesthemormon.com

Sep 13, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and Produced by Colin Hatch, where we have open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. In this episode we interview actress and musician Lola Blanc! We discuss her childhood in Utah where her mother was trafficked by a false prophet, her father was in the CIA, and she wanted to become a pop star. Lola opens up about her early sexual experiences, dating in Los Angeles, and being assertive about her needs. She can be found on Spotify and Instagram @lolablanc. 

We are coming to Utah September 16-17th to do interviews! If you'd like to be on the show, please email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS. Let us know the date and time you'd like to do your interview.

We are also now on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/celestialsex is where you can become a member and we'll mail you a Welcome Kit and you'll get access to all of the episodes of the show, including all the interviews and bonus episodes. It's only $5/month! Our new show After Hours is live now only on Patreon.

Sep 7, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and Produced by Colin Hatch, where we have open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. We are coming to Utah September 16-17th to do interviews! If you'd like to be on the show, please email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com or call us at (YES) 6969-LDS. Let us know the date and time you'd like to do your interview. We are also now on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/celestialsex is where you can become a member and we'll mail you a Welcome Kit and you'll get access to all of the episodes of the show, including all the interviews and bonus episodes. It's only $5/month and you'll be supporting the show in a major way.

See you next week!

Aug 2, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of a Mormon upbringing. In this episode we have a conversation with Robbie Pierce about growing up in a multicultural family of converts with a father who was addicted to drugs, realizing at a young age that he was gay, early romantic feelings for a best friend, and trying to remain an active Mormon after coming out to his community. Robbie is a comedian and writer and you can find his videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/LaughingMattersTV4 and his blog at http://thebrainypoetcorner.blogspot.com/ 

If you'd like to leave us a voicemail please call (YES) 6969-LDS, and if you'd like to email us a story or to be on the show you can reach us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

We also accept donations on Venmo @chrisduce

Jul 20, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex through lens of a Mormon upbringing and work to normalize talking about sex. In this episode we play some of our favorite voicemails from our listeners where we hear the best advice they ever got about sex from parents and church leaders. We also asked a few people to read an email they've sent us- its nice putting a voice to a letter. At the end we hear one of our listener's powerful final testimony that he gave to his congregation.

In the coming weeks we will have a Patreon account that you can make monthly contributions to, and in the meantime you can send us donations on Venmo @chrisduce. If you'd like to call in to the show you can reach us at (YES) 6969-LDS and email us anytime at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

Jul 13, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of Mormon upbringing. In this episode, we continue Colin's Mormon sex story and discuss his experiences in college trying to reconcile his true feelings about sex with the LDS idea of morality. We talk about bad habits, LDS jealousy, dry humping, confessing to bishops, and the easiest way to ruin a relationship. We also hear about his outlook on sexuality and experiences since he graduated and moved to LA.

If you'd like to call into the show you can reach us at (YES) 6969-LDS, and if you want shoot us an email please send it to celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com. We also take donations on Venmo @chrisduce. We really appreciate your donations!

Check out Colin's recent album at seasonofdeath.com

Jul 6, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank conversations about our sexuality and Mormonism. In this episode, Chris interviews Colin about his childhood in Chicago and his early sexual development. We discuss masturbation and serious talks with parents when you get caught, whether or not you should confess sexual sins to your bishop, and what its like when your brothers tattle on you for ripping out the JCPenny catalog bra section. We also talk about what to say to your kids if they start to express sexual feelings.

In Pt. 2, we'll talk about Colin's current outlook on sex. 

If you'd like to donate to the show you can Venmo @chrisduce, and if you want to reach out you can call us at (YES) 6969-LDS or email at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

You can also find us on Twitter @celestialsexpod

And the link to our Radiowest episode- http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/mormons-and-sex

Jun 15, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of Mormon upbringing. In this episode, we talk with Ashley (name changed) about her difficult childhood in Utah. We discussed some of the abusive situations she was in, her parent's off and on relationship to the church, and the ways that she coped with these incredible stressors. Ashley opens up about her first sexual experiences with a returned missionary, the unfortunate ways she learned about sex when she was young, and the steps she's taken to have a healthy relationship with her current partner.

If you'd like to donate to the show you can Venmo @chrisduce. You can always call us at (YES) 6969-LDS, and email us at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

Jun 7, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of Mormon/religious upbringing. In this episode we speak with Kimber Dixon about her childhood in Colorado as a Mormon, experimenting with Skype sex as a teenager, her time at BYU where she discovered art modeling and how she transitioned into traditional nude art modeling where she learned to connect with her body and gain strong body image.

We want you to call in to (YES) 6969-LDS with the best advice your parents gave you about sex growing up! Did they whisper some advice in your ear on the day of your wedding? Did they give you a helpful sex talk during puberty? Have they talked with you about sex since they started listening to the show? Let us know!

You can donate to the show anytime on Venmo @chrisduce and email us with questions or concerns at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

 

May 31, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of Mormon upbringing. In this episode we talk with Michelle and Melissa- two best friends, one is active and one is not. Michelle is in her second marriage, and her first one ended tragically. Melissa is married and left the church in her adult life. They discuss what it was like learning about sex in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and how they teach their children about sex now. 

Trigger Warning- we discuss sexual abuse in this episode.

If you'd like to donate you can Venmo @chrisduce

and reach us 24/7 at (YES) 6969-LDS or celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com

May 25, 2017

Welcome to Celestial Sex, hosted by Chris Duce and produced by Colin Hatch, where we have frank and open conversations about sex in the context of religious/Mormon upbringing. In this episode we were lucky to talk to Kate Kelly about her childhood in Oregon, her relationship with her parents and grandparents, her work as the founder of Ordain Women, her sexual development in her teen years and time at BYU, activism, her marriage, divorce, and dating life after being excommunicated. A huge thank you to Kate for speaking with us!

Kate Kelly can be found on Twitter @kate_kelly_esq

You can email Celestial Sex at celestialsexpodcast@gmail.com, follow us on Twitter @celestialsexpod and call us with questions and stories at (YES) 6969-LDS

If you'd like to donate to the show you can Venmo @chrisduce

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