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VIRTUAL | SEP 11 - 19

Featured Speakers

A Virtual Conference Bringing Together the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint Community

With still so much uncertainty as the world continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing for us was certain: Affirmation will host its annual International Conference. Taking our experience host hosting this conference virtually last year, we're planning this year's conference to be even better with speakers, workshops, and opportunities to build connections within our community for all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, spiritualities, and intersections with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Whether you're an LGBTQIA+ individual, family member, friend, or church leader seeking to be a better ally and minister this is the conference for you!

Conference Schedule

Click or tap the dates below to explore the conference schedule and access sessions.
All times are Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

Conference Opening Featuring Emmett Preciado

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

Following welcoming remarks from Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen, we will be pleased to hear from actor and singer-songwriter Emmett Preciado.

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Affinity Groups – Session 1

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Affinity Groups – Session 2

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Affinity Groups – Session 3

2:20 PM - 3:20 PM

Plenary Session: BYU Student Leader Panel Discussion

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Blaire Ostler moderates a panel discussion featuring student leaders from Brigham Young University campuses in Utah, Idaho, and Hawaii.

This session will also include the annual financial report delivered by Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen and the presentation of the Affirmation Mortensen Award.

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Featured Speaker

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Workshops – Session 1

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Workshops – Session 2

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Workshops – Session 3

1:20 PM - 2:20 PM

Conference Closing Featuring Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The final session of the conference. We’ll be pleased to hear from Rev. Marian Edmonds-Allen, executive director of Parity. We will also have a time for story starring with all attending invited to participate if they wish. Closing remarks will be provided by Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen.

Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish

Conference Quick Links

The conference planning committee continues to seek proposals for workshops and musical numbers.

As the Affirmation International Conference is virtual this year, we’re asking that anyone who wants a name included in this program to submit the name using the form below. Their name will be shown on screen during the September 19th plenary session of the conference. All names must be submitted by September 17th.

Conference Updates

Registration Open for 2021 International Conference

July 18, 2021

Registration this year is open to all at no cost. With this in addition to the conference being virtual, our hope is that this conference is the most accessible and well attended of any conference Affirmation has hosted. Last year’s conference included speakers and attendees participating who would not have been able to attend this conference in person. We hope to see the same this year, with those in the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint community connecting with each other from all parts of the world in safety, love, and hope.

Winning Logo Conf Sched EN

Winning Logo and First Look at International Conference Schedule

June 2, 2021

Congratulations to Shane Price for submitting the winning design for the 2021 International Conference logo. Thank you to all who participated. A first look at the conference schedule has been published. Workshops and musical numbers still needed. Mortensen Award nomination deadline approaching.

Cristina Moraes

Call for 2021 Mortensen Award Nominations

May 22, 2021

This award is named in honor of Paul Mortensen, the first to receive it and one of the founders of Affirmation, and is the highest honor Affirmation can bestow upon an individual member. We call upon all members and supporters of Affirmation to nominate worthy candidates for this award for 2021.

2019 Session of Affirmation International Conference

Call for International Conference Workshop and Musical Number Proposals

May 22, 2021

The International Conference Planning Committee is seeking workshop and musical number proposals for consideration for inclusion in the 2021 Affirmation International Conference. The conference is being held virtually on September 11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th.

2021 Affirmation International Conference Lighting the World Together

2021 International Conference Theme and Logo Contest

April 8, 2021

We’re pleased to announce the theme for our 2021 Affirmation International Conference: Lighting the World Together. Graphic designers are invited to participate in a conference logo design contest.