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2019 Affirmation International Conference

Jun 21
Jun 23

2019 Affirmation International Conference

Provo, UT

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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.

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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.

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7:00 PM9:00 PM
Pre-Conference Social
Location: Encircle, 91 W 200 S, Provo, UT 84601
9:00 AM11:00 AM
Chapter Leadership Meeting
Location: Ballrooms A/B
2:00 PM7:00 PM
Social Track
Location: Cascade C/D
2:00 PM4:00 PM
Board Meeting
Location: Board Room
4:00 PM10:00 PM
Registration
Location: Level 3
4:00 PM10:00 PM
Vendors
Location: Level 3
4:00 PM10:00 PM
Silent Art Auction
Location: Level 3
5:00 PM5:30 PM
Choir Practice
Location: Ballrooms A/BFacilitator: Ron Raynes
5:00 PM11:30 PM
Youth Track

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

5:30 PM6:30 PM
First Timers Meeting
Location: Battle Creek
7:00 PM8:00 PM
Friday Plenary
Location: Ballrooms A/B Keynote Speakers: Gregory Prince, Rebecca Solen
8:30 PM11:30 PM
Film Viewing – Jane and Emma
Location: Ballrooms A/B
8:30 PM11:30 PM
Mingling
Location: Cascade C/D
7:30 AM12:30 AM
Youth Track

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

8:00 AM4:45 PM
Registration
Location: Level 3
8:00 AM4:45 PM
Vendors
Location: Level 3
8:00 AM4:45 PM
Silent Art Auction
Location: Level 3
9:00 AM9:30 AM
Welcome / Kickoff
Location: Ballrooms A/B
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Church Leaders: Ministering to and with the LGBTQ Community
Location: Ballroom B Speakers: Mike Mayfield, Tom Christofferson, Jena Peterson

These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Parents and Allies: Sharing Our Stories and Getting to Know You
Location: Ballroom AFacilitator: Chrysteil Lynn Hunter
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Crossroads
Location: Cascade CFacilitators: Kris Glad, Hannah Scharton

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

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Journeys
Location: Cascade AFacilitator: Grant Emery
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Prepare
Location: Cascade BFacilitator: John Gustav-Wrathall

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.

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Mixed Orientation Families (MOFIA)
Location: Cascade DFacilitators: Ron Raynes, Laura Skaggs Dulin

This session is for mixed-orientation families only.

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Women
Location: Battle Creek Facilitator : Chelsea Gibbs

This session is for LGBTQIA+ women only.

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Trans/Non-Binary
Location: Silver Creek Facilitators: Bianca Cline, Lee Bobbie

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

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Men
Location: Hobble CreekFacilitator: Graham Gibbs
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

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

10:45 AM11:00 AM
Break
11:00 AM12:15 PM
LBTQ+ Women and Mothers in Affirmation
Location: Cascade CFacilitator: Jena Peterson

This session is for LBTQ+ women and mothers only.

11:00 AM12:15 PM
Straight Spouses
Location: Cascade DFacilitators: Sue Raynes, Sarah Nicholson

This session is for straight spouses only.

11:00 AM12:15 PM
Church Leaders: Walk a Mile in Our Shoes
Location: Ballroom B Speakers: Jodie Palmer, Ann Pack, John Gustav-Wrathall, Ben Schilaty

These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.

11:00 AM12:15 PM
Parents and Allies: Happiness at the End of the Rainbow
Location: Ballroom A
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Bi / Pan / Queer+
Location: Cascade AFacilitator: Lisa Holdaway
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Fathers in Affirmation, Part 1
Location: Cascade BFacilitator: Mike Klein

This session is for GBT fathers only.

11:00 AM12:15 PM
Asexual / Aromantic Spectrum
Location: Battle CreekFacilitators: Grayson Alexander Moore, Melissa Malcolm King

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

11:00 AM12:15 PM
Reconciling Your Faith
Location: Silver Creek Facilitator: Alix Chen Yee
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Pioneers
Location: Hobble CreekFacilitator: Olin Thomas
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

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

12:15 PM2:00 PM
Lunch
Location: Various

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

2:00 PM3:15 PM
Millennials
Location: Battle CreekFacilitator: Kyle Ashworth
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Affirm Talks
Location: Cascade C/DFacilitator and Speakers: Matt Easton, Brent Pace, Jenn Lee Smith, Caroline Gassert
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Fathers in Affirmation, Part 2
Location: Cascade BFacilitator: Mike Klein

This session is for GBT fathers only.

2:00 PM3:15 PM
Prepare
Location: Cascade AFacilitator: John Gustav-Wrathall, Jana Spangler

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.

2:00 PM3:15 PM
Harassment & Sexual Harassment Policy
Location: Hobble CreekFacilitator: Justis Tuia
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

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

2:00 PM3:15 PM
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
Location: Ballroom BTrainers: Alyson Deussen, Debra Coe
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Parents and Allies: LGBTQ Safe Sex Ed for Parents
Location: Ballroom AFacilitator: Laura Skaggs Dulin
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Being Resilient
Location: Silver Creek Facilitator: Debra Asper
3:15 PM3:30 PM
Break
3:30 PM4:45 PM
Trans/Non-Binary
Location: Silver Creek Facilitators: Bianca Cline, Lee Bobbie

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

3:30 PM4:45 PM
Affirmation Finances
Location: Hobble CreekFacilitator: Ron Raynes, Paul Winward
3:30 PM4:45 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

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

3:30 PM4:45 PM
Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Training
Location: Ballroom BTrainers: Alyson Deussen, Debra Coe
3:30 PM4:45 PM
Removing Masks
Location: Ballroom A Facilitator: Charlie Bird

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

3:30 PM4:45 PM
Being Accepting
Location: Cascade AFacilitator: Anna Empey

Being Yourself & Being Gay at BYU

3:30 PM4:45 PM
Being Together: Love and Inclusion
Location: Cascade B
3:30 PM4:45 PM
Being Yourself & Being Gay at BYU
Location: Cascade C/DPanel Discussion: BYU USGA
4:45 PM7:00 PM
Dinner
4:45 PM7:00 PM
Registration
Location: Level 2
5:00 PM5:30 PM
Choir Practice
Location: Ballrooms A/BFacilitator: Ron Raynes
7:00 PM9:00 PM
Saturday Plenary: Evening of Affirmation
Location: Ballrooms A/B Keynote Speakers: Jairo Fernando González Díaz, Laurie Lee Hall, Nathan Kitchen
9:00 PM12:30 AM
Dance
Location: Timpanogos Terrace
9:00 PM11:00 PM
Movie Screening – The Falls: Covenant of Grace
Location: Ballrooms A/B
8:00 AM12:00 PM
Youth Track

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

9:00 AM11:00 AM
Plenary
Location: Ballroom A/B Keynote Speaker: Stacey Harkey
9:00 AM11:00 AM
Yoga
Location: Cascade C
9:00 AM11:00 AM
Social Track
Location: Pioneer ParkAddress: 500 W Center St., Provo, UT 84601
12:00 PM2:00 PM
Picnic
Location: Pioneer Park, ProvoAddress: 500 W Center St, Provo, UT 84601

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

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