Affirmation is providing two workshops during the month of February to support our objective of helping people reconcile their spirituality and their sexual orientation. Join a virtual workshop on February 11 or an in-person workshop on February 22. Sign-up via emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also appreciate the Church’s public recognition today of the “centuries of ridicule, persecution and even violence against homosexuals,” its statement “that such treatment was simply wrong,” and it’s affirmation of Jesus Christ’s fundamental teachings and example of fairness, love, and inclusion.
Our sexuality and our gender identities are blessings, not curses. If we allow ourselves to lean on Christ, He will support us, and with His support and guidance, we don’t have to take the hard way. We don’t have to do this on our own.
If opposing homosexuality on all levels is ultimately the right path in God’s eyes and I’m wrong, I risk having loved too deeply and trying too hard to be empathetic and I will be punished accordingly. If, however, equal rights for homosexuals is actually in line with Christ’s will and I didn’t help my fellowman—I risk causing pain, suicide, distancing people from God, and depriving other people of the things in life I love best.
It seems odd for us to apply the term “allies” to parents. In a normal world, every child simply assumes that their fiercest, most loving defenders are and will always be their parents. The term “parent” ought to be synonymous with “ally.” Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily live in a world where that can automatically be assumed. In the meantime, we are deeply grateful to parents who — sometimes quietly, sometimes boisterously — stand by our sides and let us know through action and through words that family matters, and that we are family.
Affirmation – LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends Shares Its Perspective on Upcoming TLC Show, “My Husband’s Not Gay.”
We respect the right of all people to tell their own story. However, it is vital to point out that these stories belong to the couples who own them in their personal lives and should never be used to manipulate others into false hope or dictated life choices.
The annual voting for Affirmation President resulted in electing Randall Thacker as President for 2015. The election results were also ratified by the Affirmation Board of Directors as required by the organization’s by-laws.
As of January 1, 2015, former Senior Vice President, John Gustav-Wrathall, has joined the Affirmation Board of Directors and Randall Thacker has selected Todd Richardson to serve as his Senior Vice President and Kathy Carlston as the second Vice President.
YOU are what’s made it possible for us to do what we’ve done in 2014 and we hope you’ll continue to help us with this great work in the new year!
With a simple donation of $25 or more from all our readers, we will be able to fund many of our programs for 2015. This is your chance to help LGBT Mormons worldwide find the reconciliation, support, resources, and peace they’ve been looking for. Take advantage of this meaningful tax-deduction before the year ends! ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT!