I am on Affirmation's ally committee. I love seeing the hope and spiritual strength Affirmation brings to LGBT Mormons. It's challenging to be both LGBT and Mormon, and Affirmation brings these beautiful people together, online and in person, all over the world, so they can support and buoy up each other. I love how inclusive Affirmation is and I love that the current leadership is concentrating on making a space for LGBT in the congregations. I volunteer with Affirmation to help bring information and understanding to straight Mormons. There is much work to be done, and Affirmation has the history and resources to accomplish it.
I had a friend go the year before and love it so I decided to go this year. It was far better then I imagined, so grateful I went and was a part of it. Would recommend it to any one and week be there next year!
As a queer saint, and adult educator, I have watched Affirmation grow in excellence these last 10 years. Not only grounded in purpose, not only reaching out for more and more diversity within its scope, but now coming to understand the significance of this annual gathering, I can state that this is an important non-profit organization whose has matured to the point of being a powerful voice far beyond the assumptions that people might make. From diversity to inclusion, from the young to the old, from the faithful to the deeply questioning, the tent has been broadened, the spiritual nourishment deepened. This is a conference, even better than college reunions, that I now plan on attending as a regular habit to steady my diet, to better understand my own growth. And above all, to share and support the power of this story.
i'm a gay Mormon BYU student in Utah, and I first learned about Affirmation a year ago, in summer 2012.
One of my favorite things about Affirmation is the work that they have done to provide safe soscial spaces for young GLBTQ Mormons to express themselves and to meet other people who are in their situation. Affirmation partners with other groups, like Mormons Building Bridges, to organize monthly socials along the Wasatch Front for GLBTQ Mormons and allies.
Some of these socials have been in Salt Lake City, while others have beeen in Highland and other points south. Usually, at the ones that I've attended, there have been big groups of several dozen people there.
The socials are a fun opportunity to build friendships within the local GLBTQ community. They also are a good chance to help build or rebuild connections with one's personal spirituality and with the LDS Church. There is usually a spiritual thought from the scriptures, a guest speaker with an uplifting message, and a fun group hymn-singing session where anyone is welcome to join in.
Even at times when I've felt personally disconnected from the Church because of my sexuality, Affirmation has always remained in my mind as a helpful community resource where I can always go to be uplifted and supported.
I was introduced to Affirmation early in 2013 when I was asked to serve on its board. From my initial conversation, I have found each interaction with Affirmation to be positive, encouraging, accepting, and inspiring. I have enjoyed up close and personal the impressive dedication, devotion and hard work this high caliber group directs toward improving relations between the LGBT community, family and friends, with the Mormon church. Accomplished professionals in their work lives, the sterling quality leadership team brings to Affirmation keen intelligence, creativity, and tireless energy.
I joined Affirmation to become part of their cause; I never imagined becoming deeply connected with its individuals. My relationships with Affirmation members have helped me examine and question my own thoughts and feelings and make positive changes. If I can be so positively influenced, I believe other individuals can be, along with small groups and then large groups of people. I love knowing that humans all over our world can have growing experiences through Affirmation’s honest compassion, love and acceptance. I am terribly proud to be part of Affirmation. Surely one of the Great Nonprofits, Affirmation exerts astonishing power for good.
I became a member of affirmation because I have a gay son. Rubbing shoulders with these tremendous people, giving service and attending gatherings and socials has become a highlight in my life. I know other mothers like me with gay children, and see successful gay men and women who have spouses, partners, families and careers and are breaking the myths often associated with gay Mormons.
This organization is run with intelligence by amazing individuals who have love as their primary motivation. Affirmation is incredible! They are a light ti many gay Mormons who otherwise would have no hope of finding love and support within the Mormon community.
Affirmation provides much needed support and assistance to a great deal of people - all different and unique in both what they require and where they are in their journeys. The organization has been around for more than 3 decades... but, recently, it seemed to have gained renewed energy and powerful focus. I have seen the consequences of Affirmation on people's lives... not just my own. I have seen people who would ordinarily not cooperate or work together join forces for the greater good. I have never seen - anywhere else - so many different kinds of people come together. Young and old, male and female, LGBT and straight, believing and non-believing... Affirmation confirmed in my mind the ability of people to work beyond borders and categories.
My first experience with Affirmation was about 4 years ago and it was such a bitter place. Just a lot of members or former members speaking ill about the church - not any longer! The is a renaissance happening within Affirmation.
By far the most spiritual and uplifted conference I have attended in a very, very long time. It was a safe place welcoming of so many in different stages of their journey. So many loving people who are striving to be who they are - Both LGBT and Mormon!! It really felt like THE PERFECT ward conference teenagers running around, straight and LGBT couples sharing stories and testimonies.
My first exposure to Affirmation was when I attended the 2011 in Cleveland Ohio. Before then I felt an island unto myself. I had no LDS LBGTQ associates to share my struggles, fears, questions, happiness or spiritual insights with concerning this enormously conflicting part of my life. Becoming involved in Affirmation has given me a home of safety, a voice of validity, and a bedrock of encouragement. I have meet some of my dearest friends in affirmation. I have been given the opportunity to share of myself and help others. I now have the opportunity to be a member of something bigger than myself, to be apart of a great movement for change and awareness. What a cool thing!
I love all that Affirmation offers, from local events and socials, to teleconferences on healing and spirituality, social media resources to connect with others, regional and national conferences, the podcast, newsletter and website, the resources available to help educate my local leaders, the incredible people i get to work with, the list goes on and on and on! Affirmation has changed my life and I am happier and more whole since becoming a member. Thanks to everyone who is apart of this great organization!
I am a gay Mormon, and with that came extreme amounts of inner conflict. In the fall of 2009 I reached a point where the Mormon church was not giving me enough to get through. I didn't see where I fit in. I turned to the internet for help and understanding. I googled "Gay Mormons" and found Affirmation. I saw that there was a group 3 hours away from where I lived. I contacted the local chapter leader and attended my first Affirmation social a few weeks later. I met dozens of other LGBT Mormons who were like me and who were so kind and welcoming. I saw authentic healthy adjusted gay Mormons, just that example alone did wonders for me personally. After that first social I attended what Affirmation gatherings I could. In September 2011 I attended my first national Affirmation conference in Cleveland Ohio. The Sunday testimony and devotional meetings in the Kirtland Temple were experiences that I will never forget. The spirit was so strong that day. Next year in Seattle 2012 I had the privilege to be on the conference committee and planed a Saturday night dance. It was the highlight of my year. I had a lot of fun. And again this year I was able to help with the Salt Lake City 2013 conference.
Affirmation is a place where I can express myself openly and authentically. I feel like my talents and abilities are used and appreciated in Affirmation. I appreciate the opportunity Affirmation has given me to serve other LGBT Mormons Family and Friends.