How did you meet your wife? If you're gay, why did you marry her?
If I'm gay, why did I marry a girl?
Add to that the bullying I received in Jr High and High School. Although I was in deep denial - evidently I wasn't hiding it as well as I thought. I had few friends in school and was often taunted with "fag" and "queer", as well as being pushed and shoved in the hallways. I remember coming to school one day to find the word "FAGGOT" spray painted across my locker door.
Bottom line, being gay was just the most horrible thing I could ever imagine. And so, I somehow managed to block it out and convince myself that I wasn't gay.
Upon joining the LDS church, I did everything that was asked of me. I read the book of mormon. I was baptized. I received the priesthood. I even served a mission (much to the chagrin of my family). And, about 9 months after returning home from my mission I asked my wife to be sealed to me for time and all eternity in the Oakland temple.
In short, I truly believed I had been healed of my "unnatural and impure tendencies". Of course, I tried to block out the mini crushes I had on some of my missionary companions :)
My wife became pregnant 3 months after we were married and our first child was born the day before our 1st anniversary. She became pregnant with our 2nd child 6 months later. It was during that second pregnancy that the realization that I had not been cured hit me like a ton of bricks.
I was still in college (she had already graduated before we were married) and working to support my young family. I was getting close to graduation and, upon checking to make sure I had met the requirements, learned that I was short some PE credits. So, I enrolled in a PE class my last semester. This was the first time I had been in a locker room since high school. Seeing all of those naked men in the showers and walking around the locker room brought back all of those feelings I had suppressed. In particular, the guy whose locker was next to mine always dressed and undressed while standing facing me - giving me, 3 times a week, an up-close view of ... [ahem] ... his manhood. I started having homoerotic dreams about him.
Of course, by this time it was too late - I was already married and had a wife and children to support. So, I resolved that this would be my dirty dark secret that I would never tell to anyone. I had not done anything - so I saw no need to talk to my bishop or to tell my wife.
I kept that dark dirty secret to myself for another 24 years.
But keeping this dark dirty secret took it's toll on me. I was diagnosed with clinical depression and given anti-depressants. But, even talking to a therapist, I couldn't tell him that I was attracted to guys. This was my cross to bear - the thorn in my side - my dark and dirty secret that I was prepared to take with me to my grave.
4 years ago I just couldn't take it anymore. I started frantically searching the internet trying to find other people like myself. I was getting more and more discouraged. I found other gay Mormon's - but most had left, and felt bitter about, the church. Those that had married had since divorced. I felt like I was some sort of freak of nature with my desire to remain married and active in the church.
Fortunately, I found the Mormon queerosphere. I spent hours upon hours reading blogs. Eventually I decided to create my own blog - and the rest, as they say, is history ...
I've had some accuse me of lying to my wife about my homosexuality because I didn't tell her about my feelings for men prior to being married. I disagree - lying implies a malicious intent. When we first married, I sincerely believed that my unholy feelings for men were gone. More than anything I wanted to make her happy - to tell her I liked guys was counter intuitive to that goal.
In a sense, I think I'm as much a victim as she is - a victim of an extremely homophobic society and religious based oppression. I was conditioned since I was a little boy that to be gay was a horrendous sin. Being gay made you less of a man. Everything I thought I knew about homosexuals made them out to be broken and inferior. To be called a "queer" and a "faggot" was, and still is, the ultimate insult for a man.
Looking back, all of the signs were there - clearly others were able to see in me what I refused to see in myself. But, I somehow managed to convince myself that I was heterosexual. - a straight man with a dark dirty secret. But, it was a house of cards that was doomed to come crashing down eventually. And, when it did come crashing down, I told my wife shortly thereafter.