Affirmation functions to provide a safe place to affirm our humanity as LGBTQ individuals. We affirm that gender and sexual diversity, including healthy loving relationships expressing that diversity, can be consistent with and supported by the gospel of Jesus Christ. We speak of these things without anonymity or shame. To every LGBTQ person affiliated with the church, as an organization we stand to give you voice and validate the authority of your experiences.
Sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent parts of each individual. We understand that many people have prejudices and misconceptions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression. Eliminating those prejudices is in everyone’s interest.
Affirmation will continue to work for the understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions as full, equal, and worthy persons within the gospel of Jesus Christ and society, to help them realize and affirm self-worth.
We affirm God’s love for us. We seek understanding and acceptance of all God’s children. We support individuals’ self-determination regarding personal sexual orientation and gender identity. We affirm full human rights of all persons, regardless of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Some have challenged our individual ability to self-determine and our sources of truth. Affirmation asserts that personal lived experiences including personal revelation are the most qualified methods for determining individual identity, expression, and orientation. Gender identity and sexual orientation are individual and eternal elements of each and every one of us.
If you are feeling isolated please know you are surrounded by thousands and thousands of fellow LGBTQ people and allies who love you and care very much about your happiness and health. Your life is of infinite worth. God is not preparing you for a lesser glory!
If you are hurting please reach out to speak with those you trust within your supportive communities. For our family and friends, please be aware of those who may be hurting and reach out to them.
To those in our LGBTQ community: we see you. You are worthy. You are loved. You know who you are and we validate you!