Transgender

A Thoughtful Faith Womens Ministry

Discussion on Improving Women’s Ministry and Relief Society Includes Transgender Woman’s Voice

April 2, 2018 |

Affirmation Board Member Laurie Lee Hall discussed women’s ministry in the Mormon Church; what’s not working and ways to fix it. Her perspective was an invaluable addition to the conversation as a former stake president and transgender woman.

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Utah Public Radio’s Changing Our Stories Podcast Features LGBT Stories

March 18, 2018 |

These stories include a gay man who was once a homeless youth who now seeks to help youth in need, a transgender woman who has found a new community within a coven of witches, a gay Navajo man who is living in two worlds, and a family providing a safe place and community for LGBTQ youth and their families.

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Spirituality and Religiosity

March 5, 2018 |

We can say that, yes, LGBT people can be spiritual, contrary to what some might think. We seek to take care of the spirit because we know that we are all children of the same father. Romans 8:16 reads, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

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Retrospective of Affirmation in Brazil 2017

January 8, 2018 |

Affirmation Brazil has seen so many new people get involved to support the work of Affirmation in 2017. Here are a few stories from those finding support in Affirmation and seeking to help others.

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Tania Micaela Goes to Relief Society

December 8, 2017 |

No one ever said it would be easy for an LGBT person to be an active member of this church. In this story, Tania’s parents have been her support. They provide her with the necessary support to persevere in her faith and religion.

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Video: Being Transgender In The Mormon Church

December 7, 2017 |

Emmett Claren shares his experience as a transgender Mormon man. This video follows Emmett while preparing for his long-awaited top surgery, his reaction to the results, and includes a discussion with other transgender Mormons about why they stay and their hope to be accepted by the LDS Church.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: Speaking for Those Silenced

November 22, 2017 |

Each year on November 20th, remember transgender people, gender-variant individuals, and those perceived to be transgender who have been murdered because of hate. For many left behind, there is a feeling of obligation to speak for those who can speak no more, to tell their stories, and to support one another.

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Elders Oaks and Ballard Leave Many Questions Unanswered at Young Single Adult Broadcast

November 20, 2017 |

Young single adults from around the world submitted over four thousand questions to Elders Oaks and Ballard to consider answering during a worldwide broadcast. More than one hundred of those questions dealt with gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender members of the LDS Church or their family members and friends. Here’s what they answered, and some of what they did not.

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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.”