A life-long member of the Church, Ty served in the Manchester New Hampshire Mission and graduated from BYU in Asian Studies and Business Management. He is a practicing marriage and family therapist and recently moved with his wife, Danielle, and their two kids back to Utah from Texas where he has been doing doctoral work in family therapy. He enjoys playing racquetball, eating Thai food, and thinks that the greatest technological advancement of the 21st century was the invention of the iPhone (he might even be a little obsessed with it). He also loves to travel and has lived or studied internationally in Japan, China, Israel/Palestine, and Egypt.
Ty is a co-author with Fred and Marilyn Matis of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (Deseret Book, 2004), which includes a personal memoir of his spiritual journey as a member of the Church who has experienced homosexual attraction. He has also compiled Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction (Deseret Book, 2011), an anthology of gospel teachings by a number of prominent LDS inspirational writers, as well as a number of personal essays written by LDS men and women who have first-hand experience with homosexual attraction. Ty also co-directs the Voices of Hope Project, an online extension of the book by the same name and which is a repository of video and written essays.
Ty is a founding member of North Star, serving as one of it’s Vice Presidents since its organization in December 2006.