Affirmation Conference Audio Files
Carol Lynn Pearson
In Memoriam, presented by James Kent
Carol Lynn Pearson
Olin Thomas presents Dr. Don Johnson
Dr. Don Johnson's keynote speech
Russ Gorringe introduces the devotional program
Mark Packer's talk
Ollie and Delores Olsen's talk
Russ Gorringe's talk
Mary Ann Benson's presentation
Mitzi Henderson's presentation
Doug Farr's remarks & Gamofites Award presentation
Kate Kendell's remarks
Ember Cook's remarks
Emily Pearson's remarks
Alice Hoglan's remarks
John Minagro's rendition of "Love Changes Everything"
Coming Out: An Act of Love (Excerpt) (RealPlayer, 5 Minutes.).
Honey Ward, morning keynote speaker, returned for this workshop on the issues associated with the coming out process.
Keynote Address by Honey Ward (RealPlayer, 17 Min.).
Coinciding with National Coming Out Weekend, our morning speaker was Honey Ward, a nationally recognized speaker and seminar leader. Her dynamic message inspires people to live powerfully, proudly, and effectively on a foundation of personal integrity. Honey has been active in a variety of community organizations for many years including The Experience Workshops where she currently serves as Executive Director. The late David B. Goodstein, publisher of the Advocate newsmagazine and psychologist Rob Eichberg founded The Experience in 1978 to help realize the vision: "By the year 2000 it will be absolutely OK to be lesbian or gay, and diversity will be valued and celebrated." Ms. Ward has been facilitating The Experience workshops since 1987 and assumed leadership of the organization following Rob's death in 1995.
Embracing Your Spiritual and Sexual Selves (Excerpt) (RealPlayer, 2 Minutes). Nancy Lafaiete is a licensed MET, a certified substance abuse clinical hypnotherapist and biofeedback therapist. She has worked with gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals and couples for the past twelve years in private practice in Reno, Nevada.
Family Fellowship (RealPlayer, 15 Min.). This workshop was facilitated by C. Y. Nelson, Evelyn Christensen and the Berryessas.
of Reparative Therapy (RealPlayer, 48 Min.).Jeffrey Jensen, M.D.
was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah. He has an undergraduate degree
in theatre arts with emphasis on directing. He went to medical school
at the University of Utah School of Medicine, did a residency in psychiatry
at The Sheppard Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and is a Diplomat
of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Jeff is Medical director
of Dundalk Counseling, a private mental health group practice. He also
has a general adult private practice. Jeff supervises psychiatric residents
and occasionally gives lectures to local mental health professionals
on Gay and Lesbian issues in psychotherapy.
Nazis & Jews, Mormons & Gays: Simmering Hate Crimes (RealPlayer, 39 Min.).
Cindy Le Fevre, B.A., History, California State University, Sacramento M.A., Education, Behavioral Sciences, California State University, Sacramento. Currently teaching at Heald College, School of Business, Sacramento. Formerly Editor of curriculum materials for The LegiSchool Project.
RM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada 1975-77 Former callings: Primary teacher, Primary Presidency, YW Presidency, Ward Librarian, confidential secretary to Stake Pres. Current calling: crap detector.
Overweight Sacramento housewife with four kids, three cats, two guinea pigs, and a peacock in the peach tree, who has given up trying to keep the house tidy but still functions well as the Magic Laundry Fairy.
A Process with a Purpose: My Coming Out Story (RealPlayer, 21 Min.). Ryan Nay, (23) was raised in a small central Utah town. He served four years of active duty service in the U.S. Army which took him to Germany and Kansas. He was honorably discharged and returned to Salt Lake to pursue a degree in secondary education, which is what he is currently doing.
Read Ryan Nay's remarks
Importance of Beginning a Dialogue (RealPlayer, 46 Min.) Chris
shared his views on sexual ethics where a "legal and lawful" marriage
is not possible or not chosen. "Whatever your personal belief about
the importance of marriage," Chris stated, "we all recognize that many
people reject the legal definition of marriage as a defining requirement
for an intimate relationship. The discussion of what is better relationship
or worse, healthy sex or damaging sex, does not have to begin and end
with 'outside legal marriage is bad.' Many of the people wrestling with
these questions in the 1990's are homosexual, in a world where the law
does not (yet) recognize same-sex marriage, but the issue is not limited
to gay men and women." Chris Kimball was born in Salt Lake City, Utah,
in 1955, and grew up in Missoula, Montana, and Madison, Wisconsin. He
studied at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. He is a
lawyer, having practiced law for ten years and taught full-time for
five years. He was baptized at eight, served a mission to South Korea
at age 19, and has served as a Ward Clerk, Elders Quorum President (twice),
High Councilor (twice), and Bishop. He and Linda Hoffman have been married
since 1977 and have three children.
Singing a New Song (RealPlayer, 42 Min.)
Lee Olsen shared his personal journey from returned missionary to LDS recording artist to divorced gay Mormon. Lee is a nationally certified hypnotherapist and family life educator. He is also a member of the National Council on Family Relations. Lee is working on his MSW degree at the U of U. He teaches marriage and relationship courses around the country and trains large companies and government agencies on management, communication, and customer service skills.
Panel discussion on Youth on Coming Out (RealPlayer, 9 Min.) Sam Clayton, 23, has been actively involved in lobbying the BYU administration.
Creative Community Building (RealPlayer, 35 Min.) Dr. Bonnie Lynn Mitchell-Green discussed the social position of lesbian, gay and bisexual Mormons within LDS church structure, and provided various strateges for coping with structural silencing. A sixth-generation Mormon, returned missionary, and BYU alumni, Bonnie is Christian and pagan, bilingual, and bisexual, and she loves crossing boundariesracial, linguistic, cultural, religious, or otherwise. She worked among Utah Navajos for three years and directed Southern Utah University's Multicultural Center for four years. Bonnie works with the Shivwits Paiute Band on language and culture preservation projects.