News from Affirmation
The Mortensen Award was established to recognize outstanding leadership and service within Affirmation. It is the highest honor Affirmation can bestow upon an individual member. Submit nominations at any time, but no later than June 20, 2018.
Almost two years ago, Stockton; a seventeen-year-old who loved to swim, play guitar, and sing; was lost to suicide. The Stockton Powers Memorial Scholarship was launched this year to remember Stockton and to help other young people achieve their life goals.
LGBTQ+ Mormons, family members, and friends sat down with Kendall Wilcox to share what Affirmation means to them, how finding the Affirmation community has changed their lives, and how they want to support others working within Affirmation.
On Friday, July 20th, during the plenary session of the Affirmation International Conference, attendees will hear from Dani Jones, a children’s book artist and writer. She has worked with a variety of clients, including the LDS Church’s Friend Magazine.
“Comfy” is a one-man autobiographical cabaret written and performed by Jeffrey Scott Parsons, a gay Mormon performer who has established himself as a true triple-threat on the stage. Parsons will be performing for the Affirmation International Conference audience on Friday, July 20th, in Salt Lake City.
As general conference approaches, Affirmation President Carson Tueller shares his belief that God wants us to find and be our whole selves, and that includes embracing ourselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.
This year’s theme, “Journey Together,” underscores that while every LGBTQIA Mormon is on their own journey to determine their own identity and spirituality, we are all making this journey together. We have a great schedule and wonderful featured speakers lined up for this year’s conference.
Returned missionary. BYU graduate. Dancer. Acclaimed digital animator. Father. Husband. Gay. Emron Grover has a wealth of experience that he will be sharing at the 2018 Affirmation International Conference. He’s a Pixar animator who has worked on films like “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.”
Rev. Dr. Fatimah S. Salleh is the founder of A Certain Work, an organization dedicated to educating on issues of faith, diversity, equity, and inclusion. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.