Greetings all, and welcome.
My name is Preston Grant, and I grew up near San Francisco and lived in Utah, Tokyo, and Washington, DC before returning to my native California. I was also born into some of the Mormon church’s oldest families, with polygamous ancestors and a prophet’s last name. My youth was spent as a faithful member, including two years service as a missionary overseas.
As a young teen, my sexuality was exposed to church authorities who then started a program of emotional and physical torture in their attempts to cure me of my sexuality. Unable to fix what was not broken, I eventually stood up for my truth and came out as gay, just as God made me. I was then excommunicated by the Mormon church.
I now live in a little house on a quiet hillside of San Francisco with views of the shimmering downtown in the distance. I sit and write at my desk in an office lined with shelves filled with books, art supplies, old journals, photos, and the quirky and soulful art I have collected from my travels all over the world. I am blessed to be living a gay life in all meanings of the word, a life filled with fresh air, beloved friends, and colorful adventures beyond counting.
My big project over these last several years has been writing a book explaining gay people for a mainstream audience. For more information about the book Gay, Explained, click here.
To contact me directly, click here.
Other things of possible interest: My travel and life photos are here on Flickr, although they are rarely up to date. Yeah, yeah, I’ll get right on that. And I curate a blog of idiosyncratic images I find beautiful or inspiring here on Tumblr, which automatically updates with new images daily and includes adult-themed art.
My life has turned out to be a journey far different from what I imagined as a young Mormon kid in Utah. I have found joys and exuberant experiences beyond my wildest imaginings, and chronic pain I did not know I could survive. Through it all I am left with a love of sharing what I have learned along the way, and helping others find their way through the dark forest and back into the light.
Cheers to all.
The author in repose. (Jesteration, by Bob Fischer)