2019 Affirmation International Conference
Being your authentic self can be a revolutionary act. Whether it’s being open with your sexual orientation, expressing your gender identity, or practicing your faith; just being you can be challenging. At this year’s Affirmation International Conference, we want to celebrate you being authentically you while exploring love, hope, healing, and connection. Join LGTBQ Mormons, their family members, and their friends from around the world and from across the spectrums of sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, and relationship with the Church in sharing and growing from our experiences.
Take advantage of early bird rates for conference tickets through Saturday, May 18. You can save at least $20 per person by registering by May 16 when conference tickets are $70 for individuals, $130 for couples, and $190 for families. After May 16, conference tickets are $90 for individuals, $170 for couples, and $250 for families. Register now.
As we’ve done in previous years, scholarships are available to this year’s conference. To apply for a scholarship, complete the conference registration making sure to complete the scholarship application. Applications for scholarships will be considered for approval by the scholarship committee. All conference attendees receiving a scholarship will be expected to volunteer during portions of the conference. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Saturday, May 18. Late applications will not be accepted. Apply for a scholarship now.
Location, Transportation, and Parking
The Affirmation International Conference returns this year to Provo, Utah, and will be hosted at the Utah Valley Convention Center, located just 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City in the historic Downtown Provo. Conference attendees coming through Salt Lake International Airport can travel by car, train, and bus from the airport to the convention center. There are several parking locations to choose from. Get more information on transportation and parking.
Speakers & Presenters
We’re excited about the wonderful speakers and presenters planned for this year’s conference. We will start announcing them soon!
We’re working to finalize the schedule for the conference and will post updates as they are available. Conference attendees will also have access to the conference schedule using the Whova app on their Apple and Android devices.
Thursday, June 20th
Friday, June 21st
Saturday, June 22nd
Sunday, June 23rd
Youth ages 11-18 have their own, separate, program from the adult sessions of the conference. They’ll engage in discussions and hear from speakers that are age appropriate, put on a talent show for their peers, complete a service project, and more! The youth also rehearse to perform a musical number at one of the plenary sessions of the conference. We’re excited to continue to provide this safe and affirming environment for youth attending the International Conference.
We invite leadership from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in sessions developed especially for them to help them better understand and minister to LGBTQ members and their families. These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.
Accommodations are the responsibility of conference attendees. There are three hotels near the conference center that you may consider staying at during the conference: Hyatt Place Provo, Provo Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, and Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Affirmation will not be reserving a block of rooms at any hotel. There are also a number of Airbnb options available in the area.
Meals are not included in your conference registration. There any many dining options near the conference center that you can choose from between or after conference sessions. Several affinity groups may be meeting together for meals and we’ll post that information once available. There will also be a free potluck social on Thursday evening prior to the conference and Sunday afternoon following the conference. Attendees can RSVP for these socials when registering.