After listening to Ty's 2014 FairMormon speech, I knew that I had just heard something remarkable. Though he was in the midst of finishing his PhD dissertation, he committed to re-work the material for a mainstream LDS audience.
Ty is an inspiration to many members who experience same-sex attraction as it is something he experiences himself. This situates him in a position to add context and understanding to a topic of concern to many in the Church. He speaks from his own experience, personal study of the gospel, and from years of working with others who struggle.