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Affirmation’s Top 10 Posts of 2018

December 28, 2018 |

As we close out the year 2018, it’s a good time to reflect on all that’s happened over the year. This year’s top ten posts on the Affirmation website highlight many of the events and concerns affecting the Affirmation community this year, including the transition to a new Latter-day Saint First Presidency, a response to words out of general conference, a focus on suicide prevention, and more. Here are our top ten posts for 2018.

Lauren Neaves

Fear of Being Gay Led Me to Be More Devout until I Couldn’t Anymore

May 18, 2018 |

Today, I’m incredibly happy being me. Over the years I’ve heard so many stories of individuals who grew up LDS and were cut off by their families when they came out. But being out and having my parents not just tolerate but warmly embrace me is such an amazing feeling.

Animator on “Coco” to Keynote Affirmation International Conference

March 22, 2018 |

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.”

Christian Church

In God’s Name: The Treatment of Homosexuals by the Christian Church

March 23, 2010 |

by Terry Hiscox This article was pulled from internet archives and was originally published in 1998. Some edits and updates have been made to the original text. It’s possible information…

Man on Train

With All Thy Getting, Get Understanding

March 16, 2006 |

As I related to him my entire story, my bishop was dumfounded. He couldn’t believe what he was hearing, nor could he believe that the person who sat before him was homosexual. I fit none of his stereotypes or preconceptions.

Pumpkin Custard

Losing My Religion — Or, How I Baked a Custard Pudding and Lost My Belief in Mormonism

October 31, 2005 |

A huge piece I had been missing finally fell into place inside my soul and I realized with every fiber of my being that Mormonism was spiritually starving my Gay Soul to death.

Man Tying Tie in Mirror

We See What We Believe: The Heterosexualization of Gay Men and Lesbians in the LDS Church

September 21, 2003 |

Rather than seeing in lesbians and gay men what you have been led to believe about them, talk to them, see them, hear them, love them, and believe what you see of them and their experiences. You will understand so much more.

Brigham Young University BYU

Winning and Losing: One Kid’s Best Shot at BYU

September 30, 2002 |

While one arm of the administration was meeting with and assuring hopeful students and faculty that a place was being made for them, another was simultaneously being dishonest and vicious, actually making stuff up, to eliminate them. The stark confrontation with what felt finally like BYU’s true colors, began to fill me with an immense lack of hope that the work I was doing at BYU was going to make any significant difference.