The creation of this role to support Affirmation Latin America and the hiring of Alejandro is a critical step in improving the organization of Affirmation in the area and increasing support for Affirmation leaders there.
Affirmation is pleased to announce the appointment of Vaughn Larsen as the president of the Affirmation Intermountain West Region. We are grateful for the willingness of all our leaders to volunteer their time and talents to create communities of safety, love, and hope for LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saints and their families and friends.
This conference is for the entire LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint community, including current and former members of the Church, family members, friends, and church leaders. You won’t want to miss it. Here are three reasons you should register for the conference!
God had told him to tell me I was okay. It took me more than thirty years to finally understand that. And when I finally understood and then looked back, I saw that God had been trying to tell me that all along.
Registration this year is open to all at no cost. With this in addition to the conference being virtual, our hope is that this conference is the most accessible and well attended of any conference Affirmation has hosted. Last year’s conference included speakers and attendees participating who would not have been able to attend this conference in person. We hope to see the same this year, with those in the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint community connecting with each other from all parts of the world in safety, love, and hope.
Stay true north, find your authentic self and keep finding it. Try to see yourself a little more as God sees you, and rely less on the world to define you. Make friends with someone who’s not like you. Find something that needs shaking up, and then do what you can, but behave yourself. Keep learning and wondering what’s over there.
Affirmation Board Member Francisco Ruiz attended the Pride event in Monterrey Mexico, and reported, “People ask astonished, ‘Are there LGBTQ Mormons?’ I love that we can provide answers. Affirmation Mexico is committed to the objectives of Affirmation and increasing visibility and accessibility.”
Acceptance, safety, belonging, love, respect, progress, happiness, grace, integrity, joy, strength, authenticity, and confidence versus condescension, superiority, judgment, division, ego, and defiance. Here’s what the Affirmation community said Pride means to them, and why it’s not the pride warned of in the scriptures.
From an expected 100 to 200 attendees to actually having over 1,000 people turn out on the day of the first-ever Rexburg Pride, this was a historic event. Thanks to our volunteers in Eastern Idaho, Affirmation was there. Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen shared that he was “humbled and proud to have witnessed it in my lifetime: a Pride celebration, with over 1000 people in attendance, in Rexburg, Idaho.”