Laurie Campbell

Laurie received her bachelor’s degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and has worked as a copywriter in advertising ever since. She later received a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling, which has helped in her volunteer counseling work as well as her role as a wife and mother of three wonderful kids. In 1994, using the pen name Erin Eldridge, Laurie wrote a book about her experiences with same-sex attraction entitled Born That Way?. She and her husband have been happily married for 20 years. Laurie believes in the importance of agency—of being able to choose our responses to our circumstances, which can dramatically affect the direction and quality of our life.

Danny C
27 Mar, 2013

Thank you so much for your Voice. I am in the midst of my struggles with same sex attraction along with suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol abuse, and anxiety and bipolar disorder. Thank you for giving me some perspective on this. I hope I can make the right choices for myself and I thank you so much for sharing your experiences.

Megan Dahlgren
27 Mar, 2013

Your closing statement gave me chills! Thanks for validating the sacrifice that these men and women have and are making. You are a strong voice for good.

2 Apr, 2013

What a great woman you are! Your story will bless crouds...;) thanks for the courage to open up and help others see and feel and relate

Laurie Campbell
4 Apr, 2013

Danny C, my heart goes out to you. I have struggled with much of what you have and I know how difficult it can be. But I'm telling you, Christ promises you, healing. It will likely take far longer than you think it should, but "be patient in affliction." I bear testimony that it pays off–in this life as well as the next.

Stacie Winterton
14 Apr, 2013

Laurie thank you so much for your wonderful testimony and for your story. Thank you for sharing your voice. Maybe one day i will be strong enough to share also. I appreciate everything you shared and thank you for your voice. I needed to hear your story and Im so glad that I am not alone and that there are others who have struggled and are struggling that understand me and how i feel. So once again I want to say Thank You!

Spencer and Mary Thompson
24 Apr, 2013

Wow! Thank you so much for your testimony of sacrifice and putting The Lord first. How inspiring. Thank you!

22 Jul, 2013

I've read your book many times. Although I haven't experienced same sex attraction, I have experienced panic attack disorder w/agoraphobia, and I still battle depression. Too many of my Bishops haven't understood. It's been a painful journey particularly in the church. Much stigma. SSA , in many ways, mirrors the struggles of those who suffer from mental health issues. Even though I rarely have a panic attack anymore, the impact (fatigue) continues...I had them for 40 plus years. I am a single, well-educated woman with little support. It is my hope that there will be a similar community for those of us who suffer from depression, etc. who can discuss these issues with wisdom, compassion and love. Thank you sincerely for your times it was the only thing that got me through...

3 Aug, 2013

This is the kind of faith we all need to have and live. Thank you, Laurie, for sharing your story and testimony. God bless you.

Lauralie Merrick
1 Sep, 2013

Laurie you are my hero and I look to you because I to have same gender attraction but I am in a hetrosexual relationship with a son of God and I need wonderful people like you to look towards that have gone down this road and survived! Thank you so very much for righting two books and being willing to speak at sga womens conferences .... thank you for being willing to be visable!

17 Sep, 2013

We've had your book in my home since before I can remember. It's your understanding that influenced the way my family views a loved one of ours. He still has struggles, but he has never doubted that we love him and accept him for who he is. And I have never doubted that we should give anything but love. Thank you for being that influence in my life. God bless you.

Julienna Viegas-Haws
17 Nov, 2013

You are an amazing woman. Thank you for sharing your experience and writing about it. Clearly you are a voice of hope to many. God bless you.

21 Dec, 2013

But you *did* know someone who was struggling with it at the same time. I took a different path and am equally satisfied and happy with my life. Glad to hear you have found peace as well.

Marley O
22 Jan, 2014

Your story has helped me have hope and understanding. My 16 year-old daughter recently told us that she has SSA. She feels like she was forced to tell us because she was in an intense emotional crisis and was suicidal. I am glad she told us. I had suspected it for several years. I have so many questions. I wish there were stories from people on the beginning of their journey as well. She is still at the point of feeling judged and rejected by members of our church and has a hard time seeing past that. I just want to help her the best way possible. I am trying to live so that I can be guided every moment by the Lord. Any suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated.

9 Apr, 2014

Laurie, you're a gem. Thank you for your unique and beautiful perspective.

13 Jul, 2015

Thank you for sharing your story. It gives me hope.


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