Transgender Resources

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Affirmation is dedicated to building a community that assures safety and a fullness of authenticity in the lives of all transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary persons. As an organization, we believe that the transgender voice is essential to any conversation about what we do as an organization and how we accomplish our mission and work to erase misconceptions about gender identity and expression.

There remains much misunderstanding in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints concerning transgender individuals and their families. This lack of education can lead to inconsistent treatment of transgender individuals across the church, resulting in tension for transgender persons at the intersection of their faith. It can also lead to misunderstanding among Latter-day Saints in the care and support of their transgender family members.

We believe that one of the best ways to navigate your journey is with your peers who have experienced and who are experiencing the same things you are. Here you will find our library of resources, videos, and articles on a large range of topics such as transitioning, mental health, gender dysphoria, family relationships, and transgender issues in the news. We hope that the stories you encounter here help you know that you are not alone. You are part of a wide network of peers and allies who support you and care about you.

If you are a parent, friend, or ally seeking education about the transgender community, one of the best resources for basic education is PFLAG’s “Guide to Being a Trans Ally.” This publication is available as a free download here. We hope that as you encounter the lived experiences of our transgender siblings who have chosen to share their remarkable stories, you'll better understand transgender issues both in the church and the larger society. What you learn can help you know how to best support your transgender family and friends.

From the Affirmation Community

A Thoughtful Faith Womens Ministry

Discussion on Improving Women’s Ministry and Relief Society Includes Transgender Woman’s Voice

April 2, 2018

Affirmation Board Member Laurie Lee Hall discussed women’s ministry in the Mormon Church; what’s not working and ways to fix it. Her perspective was an invaluable addition to the conversation as a former stake president and transgender woman.

Tania Micaela Transgender Argentina

Tania Micaela Goes to Relief Society

December 8, 2017

No one ever said it would be easy for an LGBT person to be an active member of this church. In this story, Tania’s parents have been her support. They provide her with the necessary support to persevere in her faith and religion.

Emmett Claren Broadly Video Transgender Mormon

Video: Being Transgender In The Mormon Church

December 7, 2017

Emmett Claren shares his experience as a transgender Mormon man. This video follows Emmett while preparing for his long-awaited top surgery, his reaction to the results, and includes a discussion with other transgender Mormons about why they stay and their hope to be accepted by the LDS Church.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Speaking for Those Silenced

November 22, 2017

Each year on November 20th, remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate. For many left behind, there is a feeling of obligation to speak for those who can speak no more, to tell their stories, and to support one another.

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Elders Oaks and Ballard Leave Many Questions Unanswered at Young Single Adult Broadcast

November 20, 2017

Young single adults from around the world submitted over four thousand questions to Elders Oaks and Ballard to consider answering during a worldwide broadcast. More than one hundred of those questions dealt with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the LDS Church or their family members and friends. Here’s what they answered, and some of what they did not.

Air of Hope in Argentina

November 14, 2017

Months of meetings and discussions between Affirmation leadership and church authorities in Argentina have opened the doors for LGBT people to attend church meetings and possibly return to the Church, including Sister Sonia, a transgender woman in the Tucumán Province, who had not attended church since before transitioning.

In Solidarity with our Trans Siblings

February 19, 2017

Amidst the current legal, political, and religious debates about public restroom use, Affirmation unequivocally expresses its solidarity with our transgender friends and family.

Trans Mormon Voices

February 1, 2017

This is not just a bathroom issue. It’s daily life. It’s being gendered correctly, it’s having your name, and pronouns respected. It’s being able to go to a store and be treated with respect. It’s being permitted to be yourself.

Finding Spiritual Peace Through Transition

November 27, 2016

We are all transitioning. Everyone here is transitioning in a sense. And as we transition from female to male, male to female, from critic to ally, from judgment to unconditional love, I know that peace will come. And it does come through trusting in God. Trusting that even though things don’t completely make sense right now, that God is in control and He is watching out for you.

Alex Florence Faces of Affirmation

Answering the Call

November 15, 2016

After years of struggling to allow my soul to be complete and awakened, the moment of deciding to becoming my authentic self had arrived.