Video: Being Transgender In The Mormon Church
December 7, 2017
Transgender Mormon activist and friend of Affirmation, Emmett Claren, has been publicly documenting his transition on YouTube. We met with Emmett right before his long-awaited surgery to remove his breasts, a surgery that risks expulsion from the Mormon Church. Emmett hopes that by being open about his own transition, he can raise awareness and acceptance for other trans people within the large Mormon community in Utah, but he faces substantial obstacles in negotiating his gender identity and his faith within a church that has historically anti-LGBTQ policies.