Queering Kinship in the Mormon Cosmos

By Taylor G. Petrey

Queering Kinship in the Mormon Cosmos

Approx. 214 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, notes, index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-8270-9
    Published: October 2024
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-8269-3
    Published: October 2024

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Exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, and kinship within the context of Latter-day Saint theology and history, this provocative book theorizes the Mormon faith's complex relationship with heteronormativity and its history of anti-LGBTQ teaching and practice. Taylor G. Petrey delves into both traditional and contemporary interpretations of Mormon teachings, challenging conventional views by proposing that Mormonism, despite its conservative leanings, contains elements that can be reinterpreted through a queer lens. Petrey reexamines and resignifies Mormon cosmology through the lens of queer theory, offering a fresh perspective on divine relationships, gender fluidity, and the concept of kinship itself.

Petrey's work draws together queer studies and the academic study of religion in new ways, providing a nuanced understanding of how religious narratives and doctrines can be reimagined to include more diverse interpretations of identity and community.

About the Author

Taylor G. Petrey is professor of religion at Kalamazoo College and author of Tabernacles of Clay: Sexuality and Gender in Modern Mormonism.

For more information about Taylor G. Petrey, visit the Author Page.


"Petrey teases out the way the Mormon cosmos is profoundly queer, and the ways in which patriarchal, cis-normative, and assimilationist forces have suppressed and subverted that queerness. Academics, queer and trans Mormon activists, and their allies will find Petrey’s innovative intertwining of desire and kinship provocative."—Melissa M. Wilcox, University of California–Riverside

“Taylor Petrey’s argument placing kinship at the core of Mormon theology is innovative, deeply considered, and compelling. This book will stretch and challenge a wide variety of readers. As such, it is an invaluable academic provocation."—Patrick Q. Mason, Utah State University