Steven was born in Utah and grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints - the Mormons. He was an Eagle Scout. He was sent as a missionary to Portugal by the Mormon Church and was there for two years.
He graduated from Brigham Young University and it was whilst he was there he realised that he was gay - but as the Church said it was a sin he tried to overcome his feelings. He got married and had a son and daughter from this union. However, the marriage was a sham and the Mormon authorities found out about his homosexuality and expelled him from the Church.
He went to New York to study acting but got into prostitution and then drugs. Eventually, a fit of self-loathing for what he had become, made him change his life style.
Starting as a comedy routine he talked about his life. He expanded this into a full length monologue play "Confessions of a Mormon Boy". He has performed it all over the United States and published a book based on his experiences: "Confessions of a Mormon Boy - Behind the Scenes of the off-Broadway Hit" published by Alyson Press.
By coincidence his ex-mother-in-law, the Mormon poet Carol Lynn Pearson's late husband was also gay and she has written a book about her experiences "Goodbye, I Love You" published by Random House.