Joel McDonald

Frederick Bowers Elected as President of Affirmation

March 1, 2024 |

Fred wrote that he wanted to focus on “planning thoughtfully and carefully while considering the spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of all the people we serve. Our job is to let them know we must preserve, steward, and grow the organization… as a place for them to find a refuge to land, heal, share, and be authentic.”

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The 10 Most Read Affirmation Stories of 2022

December 17, 2022 |

Affirmation publishes stories that promote understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Here are the top ten most-read stories for 2022.

45 Years of Affirmation

June 13, 2022 |

Today, Affirmation serves over 30,000 community members organized into three geographic areas, fifteen regions, and thirty-two chapters in addition to a number of faith-and-experience-based affinity groups.

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“If I may but touch…”

May 18, 2022 |

I had found a measure of peace that told me that I was going to be okay. That who I was, who I am, is okay. While I have at times questioned this, I also feel that I have opened the door wide enough for the Lord to redirect me if that be His will. Hearing none, I have moved forward.

President’s Hour with Nathan Kitchen, 2022 Affirmation Connections

May 2, 2022 |

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. 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.

Affirmation 101, 2022 Affirmation Connections

May 2, 2022 |

New to Affirmation or want to learn more about the history of Affirmation, what Affirmation is doing today, and how you can get more involved? Join us for Affirmation 101!

2022 International Conference Theme and Logo Contest

April 28, 2022 |

We’re pleased to announce the theme for our 2022 Affirmation International Conference: Rooted in Love. Graphic designers are invited to participate in a conference logo design contest. Design submissions are due by May 15th.

A New Virtual Event for the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint Community

March 21, 2022 |

Affirmation Connections is a virtual summit that I hope will become a new annual tradition for Affirmation. This is a one-day virtual event being hosted on April 23, 2022, with seven sessions throughout the day to inform, uplift, and empower LGBTQIA+ current and former Latter-day Saints and their families and friends around the world.

The 10 Most Read Stories of 2021

The 10 Most Read Stories of 2021

December 30, 2021 |

Here are the top 10 most-read stories from Affirmation published in 2021. Stories published on the Affirmation website are from, for, or about the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint community around the world.