Faces of Affirmation

Chelsea Gibbs

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

June 28, 2018 |

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.

Lauren Neaves

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

May 18, 2018 |

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.

John Rodriguez

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

April 26, 2018 |

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.

Michael Haehnel

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

April 10, 2018 |

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.

2018 Affirmation Collage

The Search for Personal Acceptance Was Painful

December 13, 2017 |

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.

Tania Micaela Transgender Argentina

Tania Micaela Goes to Relief Society

December 8, 2017 |

No one ever said it would be easy for an LGBT person to be an active member of this church. In this story, Tania’s parents have been her support. They provide her with the necessary support to persevere in her faith and religion.

Emmett Claren Broadly Video Transgender Mormon

Video: Being Transgender In The Mormon Church

December 7, 2017 |

Emmett Claren shares his experience as a transgender Mormon man. This video follows Emmett while preparing for his long-awaited top surgery, his reaction to the results, and includes a discussion with other transgender Mormons about why they stay and their hope to be accepted by the LDS Church.

Air of Hope in Argentina

November 14, 2017 |

Months of meetings and discussions between Affirmation leadership and church authorities in Argentina have opened the doors for LGBT people to attend church meetings and possibly return to the Church, including Sister Sonia, a transgender woman in the Tucumán Province, who had not attended church since before transitioning.

Surrounded by Arms of Love

October 17, 2017 |

I did not feel alone, I felt sustained and surrounded by the arms of love and that sincere people are willing to give us their support when we need it.