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2019 Affirmation International Conference

June 21
to
June 23

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.

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.

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

7:00 PM Mountain

7:00 PM9:00 PM
Pre-Conference Social
Location: Encircle, 91 W 200 S, Provo, UT 84601

Friday, June 21st, 2019

9:00 AM Mountain

9:00 AM11:00 AM
Chapter Leadership Meeting
Location: Ballrooms A/B

2:00 PM Mountain

2:00 PM7:00 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace
2:00 PM4:00 PM
Board Meeting
Location: Board Room

4:00 PM Mountain

4:00 PM11:30 PM
Registration
Location: Level 3
4:00 PM11:30 PM
Vendors
Location: Level 3
4:00 PM11:30 PM
Silent Art Auction
Location: Level 3

5:00 PM Mountain

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 PM Mountain

5:30 PM6:30 PM
First Timers Meeting
Location: Cascade C

7:00 PM Mountain

7:00 PM8:00 PM
Friday Plenary
Location: Ballrooms A/B Keynote Speakers: Gregory Prince, Rebecca Solen

8:30 PM Mountain

8:30 PM11:30 PM
Film Viewing – Jane and Emma
Location: Ballrooms A/B
8:30 PM11:30 PM
Mingling
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

7:30 AM Mountain

7:30 AM12:30 AM
Youth Track

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

7:30 AM4:45 PM
Registration
Location: Level 3
7:30 AM4:45 PM
Vendors
Location: Level 3
7:30 AM4:45 PM
Silent Art Auction
Location: Level 3

9:00 AM Mountain

9:00 AM9:30 AM
Welcome / Kickoff
Location: Ballrooms A/B

9:30 AM Mountain

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Church Leaders
Location: Ballroom A

These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.

9:30 AM10:45 AM
Allies / Families / Parents
Location: Ballroom B
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Millennials / Crossroads
Location: Cascade A
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Journeys
Location: Cascade B
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Prepare
Location: Cascade CFacilitator: John Gustav-Wrathall
9:30 AM10:45 AM
MOFIA (Mixed Orientation Families In Affirmation) (Closed)
Location: Cascade DFacilitators: Ron Raynes, Jena Peterson
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Women (Closed)
Location: Battle CreekFacilitator : Chelsea Gibbs
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Trans/Non-Binary
Location: Silver Creek
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Men
Location: Hobble Creek
9:30 AM10:45 AM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

A place for anyone to socialize.

10:45 AM Mountain

10:45 AM11:00 AM
Break

11:00 AM Mountain

11:00 AM3:15 PM
Fathers in Affirmation
Location: Cascade BFacilitator: Mike Klein
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Church Leaders
Location: Ballroom A

These sessions are free for church leaders to participate.

11:00 AM12:15 PM
Allies / Families / Parents
Location: Ballroom B
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Bi / Pan / Queer+ (Open)
Location: Cascade A
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Straight Spouses (Closed)
Location: Cascade DFacilitators: Sue Raynes, Sarah Nicholson
11:00 AM12:15 PM
LBTQ+ Women and Mothers in Affirmation
Location: Cascade C
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Fathers in Affirmation
Location: Cascade BFacilitator: Mike Klein
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Asexual / Aromantic Spectrum
Location: Battle CreekFacilitator: Grayson Alexander Moore
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Latinx / People of Color (Open)
Location: Silver CreekFacilitator: Alix Chen Yee
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Pioneers
Location: Hobble CreekFacilitator: Olin Thomas
11:00 AM12:15 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

A place for anyone to socialize.

12:15 PM Mountain

12:15 PM2:00 PM
Lunch

2:00 PM Mountain

2:00 PM3:15 PM
Prepare
Location: Cascade AFacilitator: John Gustav-Wrathall
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Affirmation Talks
Location: Cascades C/D
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Harassment & Sexual Harassment Policy
Location: Hobble Creek
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

A place for anyone to socialize.

2:00 PM3:15 PM
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Location: Ballroom A
2:00 PM3:15 PM
Allies / Families / Parents
Location: Ballroom B

3:15 PM Mountain

3:15 PM3:30 PM
Break

3:30 PM Mountain

3:30 PM4:45 PM
Social Track
Location: Timpanogos Terrace

A place for anyone to socialize.

3:30 PM4:45 PM
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Location: Ballroom A
3:30 PM4:45 PM
Workshop with Charlie Bird
Location: Ballroom B Facilitator: Charlie Bird

4:45 PM Mountain

4:45 PM7:00 PM
Dinner
4:45 PM7:00 PM
Registration
Location: Level 2

5:00 PM Mountain

5:00 PM5:30 PM
Choir Practice
Location: Ballrooms A/BFacilitator: Ron Raynes

7:00 PM Mountain

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 PM Mountain

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

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

8:00 AM Mountain

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 AM Mountain

9:00 AM11:00 AM
International Devotional / Testimony Meeting / Spiritual Story Telling
Location: Ballroom A/B Keynote Speaker: Stacey Harkey
9:00 AM11:00 AM
Yoga/Meditation / Non-Christian Spiritual Practice
Location: Cascade C
9:00 AM11:00 AM
Social Track
Location: Pioneer ParkAddress: 500 W Center St., Provo, UT 84601

12:00 PM Mountain

12:00 PM2:00 PM
Closing 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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