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2019 Affirmation International Conference

Jun 21
Jun 23

2019 Affirmation International Conference

Utah Valley Convention Center
220 W Center St.
Provo, UT 84601 United States

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.

Jump to: Registration, Scholarships, Location, Speakers, Conference Schedule, Youth Program, Church Leaders, Accommodations, Meals

Registration

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 18 when conference tickets are $70 for individuals, $130 for couples, and $190 for families. After May 18, conference tickets are $90 for individuals, $170 for couples, and $250 for families. Register now.

Scholarships

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 / Performers

Conference Schedule

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.

Pre-Conference Social

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Chapter Leadership Meeting

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Board Meeting

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Social Track

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Vendors

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Silent Art Auction

4:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Youth Track

5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Youth ages 11-18 have their own, separate, program from the adult sessions of the conference.

Choir Practice

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

First Timers Meeting

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Friday Plenary

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Film Viewing – Jane and Emma

8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Mingling

8:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Youth Track

7:30 AM - 12:30 AM

Youth ages 11-18 have their own, separate, program from the adult sessions of the conference.

Silent Art Auction

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Registration

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Vendors

8:00 AM - 4:45 PM

Welcome / Kickoff

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Prepare

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

LGBTQ Latter-day Saints who are believing and/or active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or desiring to explore activity in the Church.

Social Track

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

If you’re looking for a place to mingle, this area will be open throughout the conference to have a place to socialize.

Men

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Trans/Non-Binary

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

This session is for non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals only.

Women

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

This session is for LGBTQIA+ women only.

Mixed Orientation Families (MOFIA)

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

This session is for mixed-orientation families only.

Journeys

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Crossroads

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

This session is for queer folks between the ages of 18-25 only.

Parents and Allies: Sharing Our Stories and Getting to Know You

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Church Leaders: Ministering to and with the LGBTQ Community

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.

Break

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Straight Spouses

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This session is for straight spouses only.

LBTQ+ Women and Mothers in Affirmation

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This session is for LBTQ+ women and mothers only.

Social Track

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

If you’re looking for a place to mingle, this area will be open throughout the conference to have a place to socialize.

Pioneers

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Reconciling Your Faith

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Asexual / Aromantic Spectrum

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This session is for those within the asexual/aromantic spectrum or questioning only.

Bi / Pan / Queer+

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Parents and Allies: Happiness at the End of the Rainbow

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Church Leaders: Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.

Fathers in Affirmation, Part 1

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

This session is for GBT fathers only.

Lunch

12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

Several Affinity Groups are gathering to have lunch together. Click or tap the session title to view meeting locations for the various groups.

Harassment & Sexual Harassment Policy

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Millennials

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Being Resilient

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Affirm Talks

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Fathers in Affirmation, Part 2

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

This session is for GBT fathers only.

Social Track

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

If you’re looking for a place to mingle, this area will be open throughout the conference to have a place to socialize.

Prepare

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

LGBTQ Latter-day Saints who are believing and/or active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or desiring to explore activity in the Church.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Parents and Allies: LGBTQ Safe Sex Ed for Parents

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Break

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Trans/Non-Binary

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

This session is for non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals only.

Being Yourself & Being Gay at BYU

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Being Together: Love and Inclusion

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Being Accepting

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Being Yourself & Being Gay at BYU

Affirmation Finances

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Removing Masks

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Former BYU Cosmo the Cougar shares his journey to live more authentically and reconcile faith with sexual orientation.

Social Track

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

If you’re looking for a place to mingle, this area will be open throughout the conference to have a place to socialize.

Dinner

4:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Registration

4:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Choir Practice

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Saturday Plenary: Evening of Affirmation

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Movie Screening – The Falls: Covenant of Grace

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Dance

9:00 PM - 12:30 AM

Youth Track

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Youth ages 11-18 have their own, separate, program from the adult sessions of the conference.

Social Track

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Yoga

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Plenary

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Picnic

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Youth Program

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.

Church Leaders

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

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

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.

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