Affirmation acknowledges the passing of Thomas S. Monson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we extend our condolences to his family. President Monson frequently offered inspiring words and stories of love and outreach while also presiding over policies and political actions towards LGBTQ people that caused many in our community pain. We recognize the significance that his passing may have for the members of Affirmation, and recognize the varying reactions and emotions that may come as a result. We extend our understanding and love to you through whatever you may be experiencing during this time.
As changes occur within the leadership of the LDS church, Affirmation will remain committed to the wellbeing and affirming support of all LGBTQ people. We will tirelessly advocate for, and support you in the various ways in which you may be experiencing this change in leadership. We have a diverse population of LGBTQ members as well as straight friends and family. Each of us will process these events differently. Affirmation honors those differences and your need to pause for a moment at this time in reflection.
We encourage members of Affirmation to engender connection, understanding, and empathy for one another. We encourage you to help ease each other’s pain, carry each other’s burden, and mourn with those that mourn. May we continue to create a community in which we stand for one another, acknowledging and celebrating our differences, because we are family and because we are on this journey together. Now is an opportunity for us to hold and support each other wherever we are.