By Diane Oviatt
I heard beautiful testimonies shared with such humility and vulnerability, that I thought my heart would split open. I wanted to be a mother to all of them, and was so gratified to meet two families who came to support their gay children in the face of unsupportive cultural and religious norms. These parents and siblings are heroes to me.
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By Diane Oviatt
November Gratitude & Service Gatherings begin THIS WEEKEND. Join almost 1000 LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends across America as they gather in 10 cities to give service, share a Thanksgiving style meal, share what they are grateful for and socialize. See article for details on cities and dates.
Affirmation is led by an Executive Committee consisting of a President, Senior Vice President, and Vice President, in conjunction with a Board of Directors. The President is directly elected by all current members and the two Vice Presidents are appointed by the President. November is the month for our annual elections.
I received spiritual insights, bit by bit, teaching me and giving me peace and understanding. Being gay would not keep me from becoming the man God wanted me to be. I now believe that it is only the gay me, not some imaginary straight me, that will be able to do and become what he is supposed to in this life.
This is the first time a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was invited to serve on the National Religious Colloquy panel, discussing the state of the church with relation to the LGBT community
Just as the New York Times recently called Taiwan a “beacon” for gays in Asia, I am hopeful the church here will become the same thing for Latter-day Saints in other Asian areas.
The recent Supreme Court refusal to rule on four appeals in cases where lower courts had struck down same-sex marriage bans (and the subsequent legalization of same-sex marriage in the four appealing states) has elicited strong responses across the country, but especially in the states affected. We asked a few within the Affirmation community to share their thoughts and feelings with us.
I have learned that I have to be willing to lower my guard and allow people the opportunity to get to know me. I have to stop judging myself for them. I have to give them an opportunity to show me that they are Disciples of Christ with their actions. Together we will understand the blessings that come from learning to love unconditionally.
As I have educated myself about the Transgender (Trans) community, things seemed to fall into place in my head and heart. For the last several years as I have been in more inclusive spaces, it has helped me feel more comfortable with who I am, with what I need to do to feel right in my body and with admitting to myself and all the people in my life that I am Transgender myself.