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A New Virtual Event for the LGBTQIA+ Latter-day Saint Community

March 21, 2022 |

Affirmation Connections is a virtual summit that I hope will become a new annual tradition for Affirmation. This is a one-day virtual event being hosted on April 23, 2022, with seven sessions throughout the day to inform, uplift, and empower LGBTQIA+ current and former Latter-day Saints and their families and friends around the world.

BYU Y Trans Color Roni Jo Draper

A Light, Shining in the Darkness

March 20, 2022 |

It is hard for me to imagine a Jesus who would not have walked among those whose love and concern lit the Y tonight and would not also have brought his light as well to show love.

Interview

I Weep: Church Education System Doubles Down on LGBTQ Issues

March 13, 2022 |

Now with the bright red line drawn defining “worthiness” as fully accepting, by way of testimony, all current church leader teachings on LGBTQ issues, even when such teachings have been constantly changing and even reversing (think PoX), I fear that many Queer persons trying to remain in the church, especially transgender members, will become even more marginalized lower-caste souls.

Affirmation Meets with LGBTQIA+ Activists from Ukraine

March 10, 2022 |

The conversation touched on various topics, including the unique circumstances of queer individuals in and adjacent to the LDS Church, the influence of religious culture and practice on LGBTQIA+ matters in Ukraine, and how to reach more queer individuals in need of support through in-person connections and social media.

Watch Now: Fireside for Parents of LGBTQIA+ Kids

February 28, 2022 |

Recording of fireside on February 27, 2022. This fireside featured a Q&A panel for parents to come and ask questions of parents who are farther along on the road of knowing they have an LGBTQIA+ child.

Laurie Lee Hall

Laurie Lee Hall Returns to Affirmation Leadership as Vice President

February 28, 2022 |

Laurie wrote, “As I return to the leadership of the oldest and largest LGBTQIA-led organization at the Queer/Latter-day Saint intersection, I renew my commitment to help each of you to define your individual journey — rather than being defined by others — including power centers to whom we may have once yielded our authority.”

The Takeaway

February 25, 2022 |

Eternity has changed. It is no longer the infinite straight line for the chosen few. It is here and now in the ever-expanding universe of ways of believing and being: the diversity of cultures, races, ethnicities, religions, philosophies, personalities, abilities, moralities, genders, sexualities, interests, esthetics, values…and on and on.

A Valentine’s Day to Remember

February 25, 2022 |

Undoubtedly, this is the greatest and most valuable lesson learned on this Valentine’s Day: A reminder to bring love and light, through the message of Affirmation, to those who need it most.

Why Would Our Heavenly Father do That to Anyone?

February 25, 2022 |

Considering the expansiveness of the divine, why would God not be able to exalt a same-sex couple who love and care for each other and yearn to be together forever? At the end of the day, isn’t God truly concerned about the person we have become?