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Berta Marquez

Comforting Hands

June 26, 2018

Comforting Hands

Berta Marquez was a beloved member of the LGBTQ Mormon community who inspired and touched the lives of so many. Her loss yesterday will sadden all who knew and loved her.

The Affirmation Executive Committee, Board, and Executive Director offer our love, condolences and support to Berta’s spouse, Kathy Carlston, and to Berta’s and Kathy’s families.

We remember with affection the calm, peaceful way that Berta reached out to others, her commitment to the poor and disfranchised, and how she opened her heart and her home to so many in need. We recognize that many will grieve and feel demoralized by the unexpected loss of someone so many of us looked to for support. In times of loss, it is important that no member of our community grieve alone. We encourage all who knew her to reach out to others. Reach out to someone else who also knew and loved her.

You Are Loved You Are Wanted

If you need to talk to another member of the LGBTQ Mormon community, please email us at [email protected] or call or text (916) 270-9692.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, call The Trevor Project on 866-488-7386 or visit their website where you can talk to someone via text or chat. Or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, (800) 273-8255, or the Trans Lifeline, (877) 565-8860.


  1. Ben Fewkes on June 27, 2018 at 5:13 AM

    She was one of my best friends in high school.
    A trekkie, an artist, and one of the best bulls***ers when it came to writing essays. I always knew she’d be a shining star. It didn’t surprise when I learned she was helping this group. Her heart was always larger than her chest.

    I never thought she’d burn out too fast.

  2. Alma Marquez on July 2, 2018 at 7:12 PM

    I will always miss you Beretta! And love you!

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