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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.

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  1. Jordan Brough

    Hi my name is Jordan, and I’m wondering if there is anyway that I could get in contact with Laurie. If I could I would be eternally grateful, I have a friend who relates very personally with Laurie’s story with same-sex attraction and I would love to just be in touch with Laurie to gain some more understanding from someone who understands what my friend is struggling with on a super similar level. Gaining as much understanding as I can would mean the world to me, I know that I can’t understand completely because I don’t have the same struggles, but I want to try to understand so I can love my friend the way that she deserves to be loved, just like Laurie found the man who loved her that way.
    Thank you so much for all that you do to be a light of hope, Laurie, and all those at North Star International, and Voices of Hope.

  2. Amie Bartholomew

    some 20 years ago I was in a Deseret Book Store searching endlessly for material to help me understand my enormous uncontrollable feelings I was having towards other women. I was so ashamed and defeated as well as confused and angry, until I stumbled upon the one and only book in the entire store that spoke of my struggle “Born that Way”. That book spoke to me and validated me as a person let alone as a Child of God. I did end up leaving my LDS life behind for a long time, until a chain of personal events in the Spring 2018 led me back to that same book I lost track so many years ago. While I am still inactive I have been trying to put the pieces of my life back together and the book “Born that Way” and “Reborn that Way” played a major part in turning my attention back to the Lord. I do not know if this comment goes out to Laurie Campbell, but if it is at all possible I would love to communicate her since she has played such a major role in healing my heart and turning my attention back towards the Lord. I am still struggling with how to make right the decisions I have made that have taken me away from the church due to my SSA and I truly hope that someday I will be able to return to the church and be free from these heavy chains that bind me.


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