Nathan Kitchen, current president of Affirmation elected in 2018, was the only candidate to submit a statement by the September 11 deadline. He has nominated current Affirmation Vice President Jairo Fernando González Díaz to become senior vice president and Rebecca Solen as vice president.
Over the years, this portion of the conference in memoriam has expanded included anyone that those within the Affirmation community has lost, whether they were lost to HIV/AIDs, suicide, or otherwise. This is an opportunity for our community to stop, pause, say their name, and be collectively empowered by their memory.
In the United States and Canada, these leaders oversee five geographical regions, connecting people as well as providing support for local chapter needs and growth.
In appreciation for their support, sustaining members receive discounts to Affirmation conferences. With the Affirmation International Conference being virtual this year, it was decided that current and new sustaining members would have the option to register for the conference at no cost.
The highlight of the September 26th opening session of the Affirmation International Conference is sure to be an interview of Academy Award® winning filmmaker, writer, and social activist Dustin Lance Black by Blaire Ostler.
Whether the wrath of the storm-crossed sea, or demons or men or whatever it be, we’re looking for something, anything, to hold onto these days—an anchor or two that will hold the ship of state steady rather than trying to pull it apart, and to do it with facts that come from a credible source.
We regret the messages in society and our communities that continue to tell LGBTQ people that what is inside of them or the relationships they form are no good. We continue to work for increased understanding that leads to change. Neither one of us regrets our family or the love we found within it. “To love another person is to see the face of God” and we have loved and seen each other deeply.
With this year’s Affirmation International Conference rapidly approaching, it is time for Affirmation members seeking to be candidates in this year’s Affirmation presidential election to declare their candidacy.
Carol Lynn Pearson has a long and impressive history as a writer, speaker and performer. She is particularly known for her advocacy of LGBTQ people in the church. Her memoir Goodbye, I Love You tells the story of her temple marriage to a gay man, their ultimate divorce, and her husband Gerald’s death from AIDS.