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Recent Statements and Stories

2006

Affirmation Supporter Responds to Elder Oaks and Elder Wickman  September 2006

A Response to Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Lance B. Wickman   September 2006

Mormons Mobilize Against Church Leaders  May 2006

Group Wants Elder Nelson Removed from Coalition  May 2006

Defending Whose Marriage? Affirmation Responds to the Religious Coalition for Marriage Petition  April 2006

Hundreds Protest BYU's Policies towards Gays  April 2006

Russell M. Nelson Decries Same-sex Marriage, Becomes Celestial Polygamist  April 2006

LDS Church Threatens to Excommunicate Legally Married Man  March 2006

Affirmation Leaders Defend Marriage Equality  January 2006

2005

On World AIDS Day, LDS Leader Makes Statement  December 2005

The Proclamation on the Family: A Ten Year Assessment  October 2005

Time Features Young Gay Mormon   October 2005

As SLC Mayor Signs Gay-Friendly Order, Affirmation Issues Statement  September 2005

CBS's “Survivor: Guatemala” Features Gay Mormon   September 2005

Date & Venue for Salt Lake City Suicide Candlelight Vigil Announced   August 2005

Gay and Lesbian Mormons to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Victims of Suicide during National Suicide Prevention Week   July 2005

Affirmation Issues Statement in Favor of Equal Marriage Rights  May 2005

Gay Mormons Are Advocate's Cover Story  March 2005

Affirmation Responds to President Hinckley  January 2005

LDS Church Excommunicates Prominent Gay Leader  January 2005

2004

President Hinckley Makes More Offensive Comments about Gays  December 2004

Mormon Father Sends Letter to Pres. Bush  November 2004

Déjà Vu: Two First Presidency Statements, 1969 and 2004  October 2004

Mormon Coalition Sends 900 Flowers to Pres. Hinckley  October 2004

Meridian Magazine Censors Offensive Speech September 2004

Safe Space Campaign: A Statement by Brecken Chinn Swartz September 2004

Grassroots Coalition Will Deliver Flowers to Church Headquarters September 2004

Gay Mormons Participate in Utah Pride, Fight for Freedoms June 2004

Affirmation Responds to Apostle's Remarks April 2004

Anti-Gay Coalition Meets Near Washington DC March 2004

2003

At Christmas Devotional, LDS Leader Rails Against Gays and Lesbians December 2003

In Defense of Our Families: A Statement September 2003

Father of Gay Children Asks for Compassion from the Church September 2003


Media Resources

Anti-Gay Actions Carried Out by the LDS Church

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LDS Rhetoric on Homosexuality

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Affirmation?

Affirmation is an educational, social, and spiritually supportive self-help group made up of active, less active and former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who are gay or lesbian, together with their supportive friends and family members. Affirmation members come from every walk of life, and serve or have served in virtually every position in the church. We affirm that we are children of Heavenly Parents who love us the way we were created and that we will be judged, not on our sexual orientation, but on what we make of our lives here and how we treat our sisters and brothers.

Affirmation Membership Makeup

  • active church members (46%)
  • voluntarily withdrawn (30%)
  • disfellowshipped (4%)
  • excommunicated (14%)
  • non-members (6%)
        (Affinity, Dec. 1991)

How and when did Affirmation begin?

Affirmation was founded in 1977 in Salt Lake City by Matthew Price. Affirmation grew out of very quiet meetings he and other students had been holding at church-owned Brigham Young University. Other chapters quickly followed in Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington DC, with growth continuing to this day.   More on our history

Where does Affirmation have local chapters?

See current list of chapters and area contacts. Affirmation also has service groups for women's concerns, youth services, and transgender issues.

What do local chapters do?

Affirmation chapters meet at least once monthly in an open spirit of honesty and mutual respect for each other. Meetings may be social, educational or spiritual in nature, depending on what best serves the needs of its members. Examples of meetings include: open discussions, formal meetings where there is a speaker, potluck socials, outings to an event, and spiritual meetings, such as scripture study, prayer or singing. The purpose of all meetings is to provide a positive and beneficial experience to those attending.

Does Affirmation provide religious services?

No, Affirmation is not a religion or church, so it does not perform or officially endorse priesthood functions. Members who request such services are normally referred to local churches.

What does Affirmation believe?

Affirmation believes that homosexuality is an inherent and normal variation of human sexuality. We recognize, however, that many harmful misconceptions persist regarding homosexuality. We help our members work toward reconciliation by affirming both their sexuality and their spiritual values. We believe that through affirming our Mormon cultural, spiritual, and religious heritage, we move the work of reconciliation forward. At the same time, we seek, through education and outreach, to eliminate the prejudices and misconceptions about homosexuality that harm both gay and straight people in the church.

What is the relationship between the Mormon Church and Affirmation?

There is no official relationship. We are completely separate and independent. From Affirmation's perspective, however, we have always been open to and continue to seek dialogue with church leaders. From the official church's perspective, we are largely unacknowledged. Nevertheless, individual church leaders and congregations have periodically welcomed Affirmation and its members in formal and informal study groups and church activities.

Does Affirmation have an official publication?

Yes, Affirmation publishes a monthly electronic newsletter called Affinity. Some local chapters also publish their own local newsletters.

How much traffic does your website handle?

The Affirmation national website (www.affirmation.org) receives an average of 4,800 "hits" (visits to individual pages) per day. The Spanish site (www.afirmacion.org) receives an average of 746 hits per day (information updated on February, 2007).

Who are Affirmation's leaders?

Affirmation is governed by its members, under the direction of an Executive Director and two Assistant Executive Directors. The current Executive Director is Olin Thomas and his two assistants are Alyson Bolles and James Morris.   Pictures of some of our current leaders

How do I contact Affirmation?

If you are a reporter and would like to get in touch with us, please visit this page.

How often does Affirmation have conferences?

Affirmation conferences are held once a year in the summer or the fall. The location varies with most conferences being held in the West. The 2007 conference will be held in Washington, DC. Regional conferences, known as Cornerstones, are held at least twice a year in different parts of the country.

How do I arrange interviews with specific persons (e.g., leaders)?

Contact Michael Madsen and he will gladly help you find any party you wish to interview. Feel free otherwise to request an interview from anyone you can contact directly.

































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