Video: An Evening with Affirmation, April 18, 2024

April 19, 2024 |

Since taking office as the Executive Committee of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends on March 1st, 2024, Fred Bowers (President), Joel McDonald (Senior Vice President), and David Doyle (Vice President) have been hard at work to ensure Affirmation continues to accomplish our mission and vision. An Evening with Affirmation was an opportunity for LGBTQ Latter-day Saints and their family and friends to meet the new Executive Committee, hear about progress being made, what’s next, and opportunities to support this important work.

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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.

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David Archuleta Releases Song Inspired by Mom’s Reaction to His Coming Out and Leaving Church

March 28, 2024 |

Since becoming a household name in 2008, we’ve watched David Archuleta share his talents, his faith, and his journey to acceptance and affirmation as a queer man. His new song, “Hell Together,” is him sharing part of that journey, inspired by his mom’s reaction to him coming out and then leaving the Church. No doubt, this music will aid many in seeking understanding, healing, and authenticity.

2024 Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility: Recognizing, Celebrating, and Amplifying Transgender Individuals

March 24, 2024 |

Affirmation joins the international community in celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility. Since 2009, this has been a day to recognize, celebrate, and amplify transgender individuals within the LGBTQ+ community. It is also a day where we rededicate ourselves to growing in our awareness and understanding of issues impacting the transgender community and advocating for equality and protection under the law.

Challenges and Struggles of Transgender Women on International Women’s Day

March 7, 2024 |

International Women’s Day is an occasion to reflect on the progress made, but also to recognize the persistent inequalities faced by women around the world. Within this diversity of experiences,…

A Modern Mom

February 20, 2024 |

I opened my heart to my mom and included her in my life. I might, at times, have shared things she did not want to hear, but little by little, she became more open. This process has been more than mere days, weeks, or months. It’s taken years to reach the point that my mother, fully knowing what the bracelet’s colors represented, wore it proudly to church and embraced being a “modern mom.”

Fred Bowers Seeks Election as Affirmation President, Nominates Vice Presidents

February 9, 2024 |

Fred Bowers is the only candidate to file a statement to run for President of Affirmation in a special election called after the resignation of Melissa-Malcolm King. He has nominated Joel McDonald and David Doyle as his vice presidents.

Melissa Malcolm King Resigns as President of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends

January 10, 2024 |

On December 31st, 2023, Melissa Malcolm King resigned as president of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends. The Board of Affirmation expresses deep gratitude for the passion, commitment, and care…

The importance of self-care

January 8, 2024 |

Serving and protecting is a sublime manifestation of the love and warmth of the human heart; virtues that, when given to the world, return to us in a torrent of…