Recent Statements and Stories
Affirmation Supporter Responds to Elder Oaks and Elder Wickman September 2006
A Response to Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Lance B. Wickman
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
On World AIDS Day, LDS Leader Makes Statement December 2005
The Proclamation on the Family:
A Ten Year Assessment October 2005
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
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
Devotional, LDS Leader Rails Against Gays and Lesbians December 2003
In Defense of Our Families:
A Statement September 2003
of Gay Children Asks for Compassion from the Church September 2003
Anti-Gay Actions Carried Out by the LDS Church
So-Called "Reparative Therapy"
LDS Rhetoric on Homosexuality
Education & Activism
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
(Affinity, Dec. 1991)
- active church members (46%)
- voluntarily withdrawn (30%)
- disfellowshipped (4%)
- excommunicated (14%)
- non-members (6%)
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