Reversal of the November 2015 Policy on Gay Families

General Handbook

New Church handbook provides some clarity but minimizes LGBTQ identities

February 19, 2020 |

While applauding the increase in transparency and clarity the new handbook provides, Affirmation remains concerned that Church policy diminishes the lived experience of LGBTQ individuals.

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Two Degrees off Center: Three little words

February 13, 2020 |

Seeing things from the point of view of the other guy (or church, or government, or political party, or LGBTQ group) doesn’t mean we have to totally agree with them, convert, and join their side, but it does give Christlike love a fighting chance in this world.

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Continuing My Spiritual Life as a Gay Man through Personal Revelation

October 3, 2019 |

Were I to agree with the Church that I have lost my way, my spiritual life would be dead. If I choose to believe now that my spiritual process is leading me wrongly, how could I ever again trust the workings of the Spirit? And how could I trust all that the Spirit has heretofore taught me?

HuffPost Kitchen Response to Nelson BYU Devotional

My Full Huffington Post Interview Following President Nelson’s BYU Devotional

September 23, 2019 |

Those caught in this transition period as the Brethren work things out have the continued and real possibility of trauma, rejection, and suffering as they stand at the intersection of their Faith. This is why LGBTQ led organizations such as Affirmation are so necessary to support our LGBTQ peers during such changes.

What Makes a LGBTQ Heart Beat: A Response to President Nelson’s BYU Devotional

September 23, 2019 |

Like doctors and pilots, I didn’t make up the principles that govern LGBTQ mental health — we have merely discovered them and now use them daily to safeguard lives. I pray with my feet every day that Latter-day Saints will come to fully understand these discoveries too. We are all part of one body in Christ. May we see that each part however different is equally needed by us.

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Confusion, Calmness, and Again Confusion

May 5, 2019 |

I do not know if this is a real change. I just can not imagine God saying, “do not baptize your children,” and three years later, “well, it’s okay, yes, do it.” It does not seem logical to me.

Affirmation President to The Daily Beast: We can move forward personally regardless of what the church says

April 23, 2019 |

We move forward, I think, stronger and more resilient and more aware of ourselves because of what we lived under in the past three and a half years in the church.

Natashaa Helfer Parker Mormon Mental Health Podcast

Affirmation Leaders on Mormon Mental Health Podcast Discuss Policy Reversal

April 18, 2019 |

Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen and Senior Vice president Laurie Lee Hall discuss with Mormon Mental Health Podcast host Natasha Helfer Parker the impact of the reversal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Day Saint’s November 2015 policy on gay families in the church on the LGBTQ Mormon community.

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Unanswered Questions and Shaken Faith

April 16, 2019 |

It is hard to reconcile a religion whose leader tells us the policy is a revelation from God and then just a short time later reverses the policy with no apologies or recognition of the pain it caused.