What happened next was very unexpected. How could the same people that were oppressed and discriminated against, feel so strongly about preserving their faith tradition? How was I the one frustrated with Cognitive Dissonance and not they? Here it was, right in front of me, that humble gathering of latter-day-saints I had grown up with and grown to love. This was the church family I knew.
The 2014 Affirmation Annual Conference was covered by both print and television media in Utah, but also as far away as Sweden. Coverage emphasized continuing growth of Affirmation; increasing participation in the conference by youth, straight family members and Church leaders; and a yearning on the part of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons to find ways to simultaneously affirm their faith and their sexual and gender identities.
Affinity Groups at Conference Seek to Bring Greater Awareness and Support for Trangender People, Bisexuals, People of Color, and Women of Affirmation
Those who have experienced marginalization in unique ways as minorities within both the LDS Church and the LGBT movement—Trangender People, Bisexuals, People of Color, and Women—will be meeting together. Part of the vision of Affirmation is to better serve, foster leadership, and make visible the issues specific to these underrepresented groups.
See the complete line-up of workshop and TED-style talk topics and presenters! We have an amazing group of facilitators and speakers this year!
To be on the ballot, you must submit a statement of candidacy to Olin Thomas no later than October 15 or the first day of the annual conference, whichever comes later
A flier prepared for you to use if you would like to invite your local LDS Church Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders to attend the Affirmation Conference on Saturday morning, September 13 in Salt Lake City free of charge.
Days away until we gather again as LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends in Salt Lake City! For details and to register visit: www.thisistheplace.affirmation.org
We welcome you to the new spanish Affirmation page: www.afirmacion.org. This website can be the beginning of a new perspective for your life, or your family and friends. We are constantly adding new authentic content and we hope you can find the answers you are looking for.
The intersection of Mormonism, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression is often very difficult to navigate and Affirmation conferences provide a safe place for people to find a community of support wherever they may be in their journey. “This is the Place” to celebrate our lives, our spirituality, and our heritage; a place to be fully authentic and at home as LGBT and Mormon.