This spiritual gathering will have the theme, “Healing Our Wounds,” and will take place Friday, March 31, 2017, starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Fort Douglas Post Theater, 245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Bldg 636, Salt Lake City, Utah 84113. There will be a Dessert Social starting at 8:15 until 10:00 p.m. Speakers will include Wendall Hair, Ann Pack and John Bonner.
Before we go outside the Affirmation community in search of a professional event planner, we want to give Affirmation members — LGBT and/or allies — a chance to benefit from this contract work opportunity. We believe that a member of the Affirmation community who has skills and experience as an event planner, and who also understands our mission and has already experienced conference will be able to do a much better job for us than an outside contractor. If you are interested in this opportunity, please notify me no later than midnight, Friday, March 10. You will be invited to submit a bid and proposal by Friday, March 17.
This is not just a bathroom issue. It’s daily life. It’s being gendered correctly, it’s having your name, and pronouns respected. It’s being able to go to a store and be treated with respect. It’s being permitted to be yourself.
For some, this was their first time interacting with other LGBT Mormons and being in an environment where they could be 100% authentic and not be worried about what others were thinking about them as LGBT individuals.
The Portland conference followed the model developed at the annual international conference of having a track specifically designed for active LDS and a track for post- or transitioning Mormons, as well as a “church neutral” track engaging with subjects of interest to people all along the faith spectrum. An alternative spirituality event was organized alongside a more traditional LDS-style devotional.
In our effort to support every member of the Affirmation community and to provide a place of refuge and healing we will be starting regular online spiritual gatherings for anyone who would like to develop greater spiritual self-reliance. Each Spiritual Gathering will explore the spirituality of LGBT Mormons from a different perspective. We recognize that each individual’s journey is unique, and we seek to be inclusive of many different ideas, perspectives, and spiritual paths.
When Kim told me she was gay, the choice to end our marriage was easy to make, but the path to ending our marriage has clearly been difficult and often painful for both of us. There are reasons for this that people who aren’t in the situation perhaps can’t ever completely understand.
I can promise you that you can find hope, strength and courage to fight and help others fight. You can find a voice in a world that says we don’t deserve to have one. You can find yourself as you serve others in our community. It’s like the song says, “Love can build a bridge from your heart to mine”.
“I went to the Affirmation conference and realized I had found my people.”
“Thank you. I have Affirmation. And you know you all saved my life.… I owe my life to [Affirmation].”