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.
Articles by: John Gustav-Wrathall
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.
Register Now for May 2015 Affirmation Spiritual & Leadership Retreat in Palmyra – Featuring Richard & Claudia Bushman
The retreat is for all who currently are or are interested in becoming leaders in the LGBTQ/SSA and allied Mormon community, broadly defined. Affirmation defines leadership as “service,” so anyone who is interested in rolling up their sleeves, and working to strengthen and support LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and their families is invited to the retreat. Richard Bushman, author of Rough Stone Rolling, the biography of Joseph Smith, Jr., and his wife Claudia Bushman, author of Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America will be our keynote speakers. Register now for what is bound to be a remarkable weekend!
LGBT Mormons, their families and friends gathered for Thanksgiving, fellowship and service throughout the month of November, from California to New England, and from Minnesota to Arizona!
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, don’t forget Giving Tuesday – December 2nd! Invest in making a difference. It’s an investment that will continue to benefit others for years to come. Your support of Affirmation will have a lasting impact on gay, lesbian, bi and transgender Mormons, and on the larger LDS community.
There is a reason that LGBT Mormon testimony meetings are so powerful. It is because we have had to wade through rivers of doubt and climb mountains of rejection to know what we know. When we choose to put Gospel principles to the test, we must fight gravity, push against the current.
I want every Mormon bishop to know what he is asking of the gay youth he counsels. I want him to lead with compassion and put his judgments aside. I want him to support these youth, whether they choose to stay in the Church or not. Don’t crush that youth’s hopes and dreams demanding a commitment to celibacy. Let them find themselves and work through complications that you haven’t even considered. Listen and allow the spirit to edify both you and the gay youth in front of you.
Once I had accepted myself, the self esteem issues melted away. I came to terms with my religion. I realized I could never leave the church. I am a Mormon; being gay will not change that. I am gay; being a Mormon will not change that. I am not some mistake that God made, he knows me and he wants me to be happy.