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Affirmation President to AP: “Musket Fire” speech isolates LGBTQ+ BYU students

April 9, 2024 |

Holland’s speech called for symbolic violence in response to efforts to be more inclusive and affirming of LGBTQ+ students and the broader community at Brigham Young University. Fred Bowers “pointed to the speech as one of many recent examples of how the faith has made LGBTQ+ members feel isolated,” in interview with the Associated Press.

Mortensen Award 2023

May 21, 2023 | Comments Off on Mortensen Award 2023

Why is it important to nominate Affirmation Members and Leaders for the Mortensen Award? Within every organization, there are folks whose leadership skills and commitment to serving others combine to…

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The Most American Religion’s Transgender Temple Architect

December 18, 2020 |

The photo that accompanies the recent Atlantic article about the Church is the Oquirrh Mountain Temple, the design and construction of which was directed by Laurie Lee Hall, the former Chief Architect of Temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was forced from her position for no other reason than she was a transgender woman.

Hawaii Chapter First Activity

Students and faculty start in Laie, Affirmation Hawaii, a safe haven for the LGBTQ+ community

April 4, 2020 |

National non-profit organization Affirmation LGBTQ Mormons Family and Friends, began its first Hawaii chapter in the Laie community this year, said organizers, due to a need voiced by BYU–Hawaii students and faculty.

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Religious organizations need to include LGBTQ community in efforts to be more loving and accepting

March 23, 2020 |

Nathan Kitchen is president of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends, a nonprofit that supports LGBTQ individuals and their families as they navigate the intersections they occupy in life, including the ways they interact with the Mormon church, whether they’re members or not. Kitchen, an alumnus of BYU, spoke with me to discuss the changes and ambiguity in the honor code, its impact on students, and what could instead be done to create a safer and more loving environment for LGBTQ individuals.

Gay Kids Grow Up Mormon

Unwritten rules can cause a lot of harm at BYU

March 7, 2020 |

All students have the right, regardless of sexual orientation to enjoy chaste, affectionate public behavior without any fear of reprisal. LGB students are worthy of the same rights, protections, and freedom of loving expressions which are afforded their heterosexual peers.