In January of 2012, Wendy and Tom found out that their oldest son (who was 13 years old at the time) was gay. Wendy Montgomery is a devout Mormon, and is the mother of five children. In 2008, she and her husband joined other members of the Mormon Church in walking the streets of Bakersfield in support of Proposition 8. They didn’t know at the time that their 9 year old son was gay.
The story of the Montgomerys and how they navigated the minefield of having a gay child while staying active in the Mormon faith was documented in the Family Acceptance Project’s award-winning short film, “Families are Forever.” Wendy is a vocal advocate for inclusion and equality for all LGBT Mormons who feel on the outside looking in.
Their family lives Chandler, Arizona. From quiet, unremarkable lives of routine and religion, to activism and national leadership, Wendy has been speaking out; not only in defense of their son, but in support and love of all LGBT people. Wendy is a voracious reader, loves history, and is doing everything she knows how to make the LDS Church more welcoming and inclusive of its gay members.