Utah

Eli and Skylar

From Tinder to Temple

May 5, 2019 |

Sometimes I think back to that time I was dating everyone in the state of Utah–how I was using Tinder to find someone who wasn’t weird–how I thought if I just spent enough time on that app I would eventually find someone who wasn’t weird. And the irony is that I just ended up with the weirdest person on Tinder. But he’s my kind of weird. He’s the kind of weird who thinks the Kirtland temple is a great first date location for a couple of gays.

Affirmation Remains Committed to Conversion Therapy Ban until Every Youth Is Safe

March 11, 2019 |

We affirm that LGBTQ youth and adults are not broken and do not need to be “changed” or “fixed” in any way from the beautiful souls that they are.

Samantha Allen Real Queer America

Former BYU Student Samatha Allen Shares Stories of LGBTQ Americans in Conservative States

March 6, 2019 |

Samantha Allen toured some of the most conservative states in the US to collect and share the stories of the LGBTQ Americans who live there. She’s now published this collection of stories in her new book.

Laurie Lee Hall

Laurie Lee Hall, Affirmation Senior Vice President, Warns Against Transerasure on Salt Lake Tribune’s ‘Mormon Land’

February 12, 2019 |

“Ultimately, an individual often gets to a point where they must live the way they feel internally, in their mind and heart, how they are,” Hall explained. “Identity is a sense of self that’s in the mind, in the heart, and in the soul that transcends the actual physical biology, whatever that may be.”

Animator on “Coco” to Keynote Affirmation International Conference

March 22, 2018 |

Returned missionary. BYU graduate. Dancer. Acclaimed digital animator. Father. Husband. Gay. Emron Grover has a wealth of experience that he will be sharing at the 2018 Affirmation International Conference. He’s a Pixar animator who has worked on films like “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.”

“Where Love Is”: See the Full Affirmation 2016 Conference Schedule

August 7, 2016 |

Conference time is coming soon, and we are excited to have amazing speakers, programs and workshops focusing on youth empowerment, trans and genderqueer stories, self-care, intersectionality, finding an authentic spiritual path, and much, much more!

Vigil for Orlando in Utah

June 20, 2016 |

We need safe spaces to discuss and work through the pain that has just been inflicted upon our fellow humans, upon members of our community. Let’s do everything within our power to create communities of safety and refuge. It’s always the time to offer our love and care to those in pain.

Affirmation Leaders Applaud the Growing Non-Discrimination Consensus

March 5, 2015 |

For those of us who are lesbian, gay, bi or transgender and LDS, it is reassuring that our Church has gone on record to stand with us against those who would bully us or discriminate against us.

Affirmation Community Members Share Thoughts about SCOTUS Refusal to Hear Marriage Ban Appeals

October 12, 2014 |

The recent Supreme Court refusal to rule on four appeals in cases where lower courts had struck down same-sex marriage bans (and the subsequent legalization of same-sex marriage in the four appealing states) has elicited strong responses across the country, but especially in the states affected. We asked a few within the Affirmation community to share their thoughts and feelings with us.