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Church Leaders Session, 2020 Affirmation International Conference

by Affirmation

October 14, 2020

The Church Leaders Session from the 2020 Affirmation International Conference, a conference hosted annually by Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends for the entire LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint community. This year’s conference was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A panel discussion to explore effective ways of counseling, supporting, and including LGBTQ church members and their families. Panelists included an openly gay man currently serving as a high councilor in Provo, a transgender woman who is actively engaged in her Relief Society in St. Louis, a lesbian woman from Hawaii who strives to amplify marginalized voices, a former bishop/stake presidency counselor in Massachusetts who is the father of an adult gay son, and a former YSA bishop in Utah who has ministered to hundreds of LGBTQ church members. All panelists have written about and/or are engaged in, LGBTQ advocacy, understanding, and inclusion efforts. They shared their personal stories/advice and answered questions.

Panelists included Richard Ostler, Valerie Nicole Green, Summer Lee-Corry, Ben Schilaty, and Evan Smith.

The recording of this session and the entire 2020 Affirmation International Conference was made possible by those who financially supported the conference through registration fees. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Affirmation relies on the support of donors to create communities of safety, love, and hope for the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint Community. To support the critical work of Affirmation, please consider donating at

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