Nathan Kitchen

Nathan Kitchen Interfaith Service 2021 Oct 25

Affirmation President Speaks at LGBTQ Interfaith Sunday Service

October 29, 2021 |

It behooves us as we find our joy as LGBTQ people, to internalize the lessons of our first parents that are taught in the temple. This lesson is that sometimes to find joy you have to make hard decisions about what your joy is and where your joy is found. And sometimes your joy is not found in Eden.

Season Tree

Protect Your Queer Children Under the Boughs of Love

August 28, 2021 |

You cannot build walls and fortresses to keep them out, for they are already a part of us, already a part of the sealed network of Saints. But you can use musket fire to drive them out from among you, from their spiritual home and from their families, through exclusionary positions and rejecting behavior.

Affirmation at Rexburg Pride

Affirmation at First-Ever Rexburg Pride: A Historic Moment

July 2, 2021 |

From an expected 100 to 200 attendees to actually having over 1,000 people turn out on the day of the first-ever Rexburg Pride, this was a historic event. Thanks to our volunteers in Eastern Idaho, Affirmation was there. Affirmation President Nathan Kitchen shared that he was “humbled and proud to have witnessed it in my lifetime: a Pride celebration, with over 1000 people in attendance, in Rexburg, Idaho.”

2021-06-06 Parent Fireside Play

Fireside for Parents of LGBTQ Kids Featuring Nathan Kitchen

June 7, 2021 |

On June 6, 2021, Affirmation hosted our first virtual fireside especially for parents of LGBTQ kids. Nathan Kitchen, president of Affirmation, was the guest speaker for the fireside.

Queer Mormon Theology An Introduction

Hope and Beauty in Ostler’s Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction

June 6, 2021 |

Blaire steps in and immediately discards the problematic dominant narrative that manages queer bodies in the church. She turns our attention to the theology of restoration and renewal that has always been with us. She lifts our chin and invites us to walk with her as she expertly shows us that in the absence of prejudice and folk tradition, there is not a significant difference between queer Mormon theology and Mormon theology.

Call for BYU Poetry Prose Entries

Call for BYU Queer Poetry and Prose

June 1, 2021 |

We are seeking poetry and prose by queer BYU students and faculty (current and past) about their lived experiences at BYU. The purpose of this project is to give artistic voice to and honor the queer BYU experience by setting select texts to music which will be performed as a song cycle for soprano and piano.

2019 Reading Pride

Affirmation Prepares for Pride as US Covid-19 Vaccine Adoption Increases

May 21, 2021 |

With the number of individuals in the US getting vaccinated increasing and the number of COVID-19 cases decreasing, Pride organizers are looking forward to bringing the LGBTQIA+ community together in person again. In many places, Affirmation will be there.

Utah Capitol Building

Utah Supreme Court Affirms Right of Transgender Individuals to Update Their Sex

May 7, 2021 |

The Utah Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming the right of transgender individuals to update their sex on legal documentation. The opinion states, “A person has a common-law right to change facets of their personal legal status, including their sex designation.”

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The Rise of the Celebrated Celibate and Single Sexual Minority in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

May 3, 2021 |

We care about you, and we understand the pressure cooker of the LGBTQ/Latter-day Saint intersection because we stand there and have stood there. We know the true power of your story and receive it in the spirit in which you delivered it. Not as a weapon or a currency, but as a celebration of the power of the queer soul.