The Affirmation International Conference in London had representation from seven different counties across Europe: Canary Islands, England, Germany, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden. European participants brought their stories and experiences, their cultures, their diversity, and their spoken languages.
A lesbian couple who stopped by were delighted to learn that Affirmation had a place for them even though they had left the Church long ago, while it also had a place for their devout, believing family and friends. Another lesbian woman I spoke to shared her faith and her testimony with me, as she also shared the intense conflict she experienced, and was grateful to learn about Affirmation’s Prepare group, for church-active LGBT Mormons.
In 2012, history was made as unprecedented numbers of active Mormons marched in LGBT Pride parades in the United States and Latin America.