After seeking input from the larger Affirmation community, and after considerable research on venues, the Affirmation Board has decided to move its 2018 Annual International Conference to the Calvin L. Rampton SALT PALACE CONVENTION CENTER, 100 S W Temple, SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84101.
We’ve also decided to break with the tradition of holding the conference around the third week of September and instead will be holding it JULY 20-22, 2018. SAVE THE DATE NOW!
We anticipate that holding the conference in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City will make it much more accessible to non-Utah residents who need to fly into Utah in order to attend the conference, as well as northern Utah and Idaho residents who plan to drive.
There is a TRAX station and an abundance of other public transportation literally right next to the Convention Center. Also, there will be a greater abundance of cheap hotel, AirBnB, and food options very close to the conference center that will enable individuals to significantly reduce the cost of attending from out of town.
We hope that the July conference date will avoid clashing with Comicon Provo Pride, and will make the conference more accessible to college students and families with school-age children. The Sunstone Symposium will be taking place the following week (July 26-28), benefiting those out-of-towners who wish to do a Utah conference double feature! And finally, Affirmation will stop conflicting with the General Women’s Session of LDS General Conference.
We also hope to make the conference available at dramatically reduced cost. We’re still looking into options, but believe we will be able to make conference available at a cost of between $49 and $99 per registration.
This is also to officially announce that the 2018 Affirmation conference co-chairs will be Affirmation Board members Aaron McManus and Neca Allgood! When you have a chance, congratulate them and thank them for their commitment serve LGBT Mormons and their families and friends in this very important way!
Discounted registration rates will be available to individuals who are willing to volunteer with conference planning. If you’re interested in volunteering, please email the conference chairs, Aaron and Neca at [email protected]
Can’t wait to see you there!