President’s Hour with Nathan Kitchen, 2022 Affirmation Connections
Recorded during the 2022 Affirmation Connections Virtual Summit on April 23rd, 2022.
Hosted by Nathan Kitchen. Moderated by Joel McDonald.
Nathan Kitchen is in the final year of his second term as President of Affirmation. Since becoming president in 2019, he’s led the organization through significant organizational changes, including revising Affirmation’s mission, creating a vision for the organization, and developing a strategic plan. Nathan also led Affirmation through the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring the organization to pivot to creating and sustaining virtual communities of safety, love, and hope for LGBTQIA+ current and former Latter-day Saints and their families and friends, including hosting Affirmation’s annual International Conference virtually in 2020 and 2021. In addition to his leadership, he is a prolific writer and speaker, with editorials and interviews published in The Salt Lake Tribune, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, to name a few. Recently, he gave a presentation at a symposium hosted by the Humanities Department at Utah Valley University titled “Unashamed Authenticity: Unapologetically Navigating the Queer/Latter-day Saint Intersection during an Ongoing Restoration.”
This session includes remarks from Nathan and an opportunity to ask Nathan questions about his leadership in Affirmation and advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint community.
About Affirmation Connections
Affirmation Connections is a virtual event for individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all along the spectrums of sexual orientation and gender identity and their families and friends who intersect with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends creates worldwide communities of safety, love, and hope and promotes understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. We affirm the inherent self-worth of LGBTQIA+ individuals as complete, equal, and valuable persons and support them as they define their individual spirituality and intersection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.