Melissa Malcolm King Resigns as President of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends
On December 31st, 2023, Melissa Malcolm King resigned as president of Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends. The Board of Affirmation expresses deep gratitude for the passion, commitment, and care with which Melissa Malcolm served. We need her voice and perspectives in Affirmation. We are sad about their departure but respect her sense of how best to follow their way forward. We are better as an organization for their service.
During her tenure as president, Melissa Malcolm led a pivotal initiative for Affirmation, the development of a Mental Health Taskforce (MHT). The MHT strengthened and built ties with other LGBTQ+ organizations in Utah, especially Encircle House, Celebrate Therapy, and Flourish Therapy. During their presidency, Affirmation also built relationships with mental health researchers and clinicians across the United States, Mexico, and Spain.
Though Melissa Malcolm King will no longer serve on the Board of Affirmation, they have agreed to serve on several committees within Affirmation. We are grateful for this and look forward to working with her to foster the well-being, happiness, and health of LGBTQ+ Mormons.
As specified in Affirmation’s bylaws, Senior Vice President Frederick Bowers assumes presidential duties as Acting President until a special election is conducted for a new Affirmation president.