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
We also appreciate the Church’s public recognition today of the “centuries of ridicule, persecution and even violence against homosexuals,” its statement “that such treatment was simply wrong,” and it’s affirmation of Jesus Christ’s fundamental teachings and example of fairness, love, and inclusion.
If opposing homosexuality on all levels is ultimately the right path in God’s eyes and I’m wrong, I risk having loved too deeply and trying too hard to be empathetic and I will be punished accordingly. If, however, equal rights for homosexuals is actually in line with Christ’s will and I didn’t help my fellowman—I risk causing pain, suicide, distancing people from God, and depriving other people of the things in life I love best.
While most media coverage on LGBT issues features those who identify as gay (and gay men at that!), there are many who identify elsewhere in the sexuality spectrum. According to some statistics, for example, bisexual and other non-monosexual persons comprise around 40 percent of the LGBT community. Yet, it seems bisexual+ persons are sometimes an afterthought when it comes to discussing LGBT experiences, issues and people. Perhaps it’s because many presume they can pick and choose to live a heterosexual lifestyle or they can join the gay community and essentially, be gay.
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.
The annual voting for Affirmation President resulted in electing Randall Thacker as President for 2015. The election results were also ratified by the Affirmation Board of Directors as required by the organization’s by-laws.