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Two Degrees off Center: It’s Only a Matter of Time

January 11, 2019 |

No buildings were leveled to the ground, the sun came up like it always does, students studied, teachers taught, no one was struck dumb, the visiting GA’s could drink their favorite soda in the light of day and not hide in the shadows.

Richard Keys

Love Is the Key, Both on Earth and In Heaven

January 4, 2019 |

I’m able to use my talents of writing, public speaking, music, and my sense of humor (my silly critters) to help people understand what it means to be gay and Mormon, and what it doesn’t mean, and He wants me to remain in the Church where I’ll be most effective in carrying out this work.

2018 Calendar

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.

Desert Flower

Will LGBTQ+ Mormons Ever Find a “Champion” in the LDS President?

January 13, 2018 |

Thomas S. Monson helped to established Genesis, a group that supported men and women impacted by the priesthood ban. He was seen as a champion for these members. Will there ever be a champion for LGBTQ+ Mormons in the highest leadership of the LDS Church?

Man looking down path through the woods in Autumn.

Two Degrees off Center: Following Your Yellow Brick Road

January 8, 2018 |

It is natural for LGBT Mormons to have questions. Most who engage with Affirmation have been through difficult times. This month, Rich encourages us to think about where we are on our journey, where we want to go, and if we’re willing to ask for directions from the One who is always there for us.

2018 Affirmation Collage

Elder M. Russell Ballard Answers LGBT Questions at BYU Devotional: Believes there is “Place in the Kingdom” for LGBT Members

November 14, 2017 |

During a BYU Devotional Address on November 14, 2017, Elder M. Russell Ballard, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, took the opportunity to answer various questions submitted to him by young single adult members of the Church, including two questions on LGBT issues. Ballard shared his belief that LGBT people have a “place in the kingdom.”

Finding My Voice

October 2, 2017 |

For a moment, it felt as if my friends and I could breathe. We could finally say “I’m gay” out loud without fear of losing our academic standing [at BYU]… Then California Proposition 8 happened.

Daily Beast Article on Being Gay at BYU

May 14, 2014 |

The Daily Beast describes what it’s like to be LGBT at BYU, including both progress made and challenges encountered.

BYU Students Speak Candidly about Suicide

October 14, 2013 |

Understanding Same-Gender Attraction (USGA), a BYU group for LGBT students, has released “Just Be There,” a 6-minute video featuring LGBT BYU students who describe candidly their experiences dealing with depression and their attempts to take their own lives.