Love had begun to change her, to empower her. Suddenly she was fearlessly living her life. She was accomplishing amazing things, because someone loved her for who she truly was, and believed in her, she believed in herself and dared not only to dream, but to strive to make those dreams a reality.
Articles by: John Gustav-Wrathall
Register Now for May 2015 Affirmation Spiritual & Leadership Retreat in Palmyra – Featuring Richard & Claudia Bushman
Please register early to confirm your attendance and participate in pre-retreat discussions and community building! The heart of the retreat will include opportunities for spirituality, reflection, and discussion of the challenges that face us as leaders within the LGBT Mormon community. We’re also extraordinarily excited to have highly respected scholars, artists and activists joining us, to be resources in reflecting on our place in Mormon history and the Mormon community, broadly defined.
There are brief moments which pass very quickly where there is a space, an envelope, an opening, an infinitely small possibility, in which I can be true to both my sexuality and my faith
Affirmation members from across the country and from all walks-of-life came to Fort Myers, Florida last week to participate in workshops, discussions, social events and spiritual edification. Some of us were looking for answers to life’s toughest questions. Others just needed a friend. Whatever life story was shared, the heart felt plea from Affirmation leaders and the few members whom trod familiar paths was to be authentic and be yourself.
By Carson Tueller
When I really need to be inspired, I don’t usually look to the world-level inspirers. When it really counts. I go to the inspirers of my everyday life.
Community Voices: Reactions to the Recent Statement on the LDS Church Public Statement of January 27, 2015
Reactions range from hope for a better conversation and cautious optimism to frustration and outright skepticism
Affirmation Members in the News, Discussing the January 27, 2015 LDS Church Statement on Religious Freedom and Anti-Discrimination Ordinances
The LDS Church’s January 27, 2015 statement on religious freedom and on anti-discrimination ordinances has attracted a fair amount of media attention and discussion, including interviews with a number of Affirmation members and leaders
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.
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.