Faces of Affirmation

Gabriela and Luiz Correa with others from Affirmation.

I Am Blessed to Have a Gay Father and a Lesbian Mother

I always wondered why my father, who always encouraged people to go to church, to pray, and to read the scriptures, did not enter the church with others on Sundays. My mom decided to tell us that our dad was gay.

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Castles in the Sand: Building a New Life to Find Happiness

Today I am a person who succeeded in life, for everything I struggled for and sought, I became a confident and determined person. With all that happened, I never lost my faith and spirituality. Today I accept myself. My family accepts me. Most important of all, I built new castles for my life.

Being in a Mixed-Orientation Marriage Is Not Something We Would Ever Have Chosen on Purpose

Being in a Mixed-Orientation Marriage Is Not Something We Would Ever Have Chosen on Purpose

In our, very, very, Mormon world, being gay was just… never an option. It was so far outside the realm of something we’d even considered possible that, by the time we accepted it for what it was, we were married with children, our lives inextricably entangled.

I Do Remember That the Thought Kept Going through My Mind, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

I Do Remember That the Thought Kept Going through My Mind, “Where Do We Go from Here?”

I took a deep breath, sat down on the bed with my face to the wall and my back to my husband. He said something about my needing to hear him out and not overreact. I agreed, and finally, he said, “I am gay.”

It Took a Long Time to Realize Who I Am as Nobody Ever Talked about Girls Being Gay

It Took a Long Time to Realize Who I Am as Nobody Ever Talked about Girls Being Gay

People ought to be made aware that there’s a very good chance there’s a queer person sitting in their class, closeted or not, and I’m grateful to be at a place in my life where I can make sure they’re aware of it.

Fear of Being Gay Led Me to Be More Devout until I Couldn’t Anymore

Fear of Being Gay Led Me to Be More Devout until I Couldn’t Anymore

Today, I’m incredibly happy being me. Over the years I’ve heard so many stories of individuals who grew up LDS and were cut off by their families when they came out. But being out and having my parents not just tolerate but warmly embrace me is such an amazing feeling.

“I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills”: Finding and Giving Affirmation

“I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes Unto the Hills”: Finding and Giving Affirmation

I have found another mission and opportunity to serve. I have been able to live with a new spiritual authenticity. For the last ten years, I have been holding the hands of those who have struggled like I did. I have been an advocate for equality, inclusion, diversity, and human rights.

Finally, I understood what God was telling me: “You are okay, gay and all.”

Finally, I understood what God was telling me: “You are okay, gay and all.”

I am unspeakably grateful that God has protected me and reclaimed me from my own homophobia. The Lord helped me hold on to this truth: that becoming fully myself was the best thing I could do for those I loved—only then could I give to others out of the abundance of God’s gifts to me.

The Search for Personal Acceptance Was Painful

The Search for Personal Acceptance Was Painful

Wagner Silveira Santos is a convert to the Mormon Church who desired to serve a mission, tried to submit his mission paperwork twice, and both times was denied by local church leaders for having past homosexual relationships. Today, he wants to help others who don’t have the support to live as they really are.