After my last entry, I began attending the local family (non-singles) ward. Everyone has been incredibly friendly, and I have met other gay folks who are returning to activity in the ward. I met with the bishop last Sunday and he welcomed me warmly. Yesterday, I was called and sustained as priesthood pianist.
I have begun the process of telling family members—both Mormon and non-Mormon—about my return. They are responding well so far. I know this is a big leap mentally for them, as they (and I) had placed me in the “non-Mormon” category in our minds for so long.