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Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons
Open Stories Foundation to Sponsor LGBT Mormon Event in Washington, DC
"Circling the Wagons" on April 20-22

By Hugo Salinas
April 2012

The Open Stories Foundation is sponsoring "Circling the Wagons," a Mormon LGBT event to be held April 20-22 in Washington, DC. The purpose of the conference is "to create a space where LGBTQ or SSA individuals and their families and allies can gather to acknowledge, explore and honor shared experiences."

Guest speakers will include renowned author Carol Lynn Pearson; Mitch Mayne, an out gay man who is also executive secretary of his LDS ward; and Sister Jeannine Gramick, a Catholic nun and the co-founder of a ministry in support of LGBT people.

"The main event will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) building at 3526 Massachusetts Avenue NW," says Randall Thacker, a senior vice president with Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons. "A devotional will be held at the same location on Sunday morning. We will also have a lovely Friday evening social."

Although the standard registration price is $37, people interested in this event can register for as little as $10. More details and registration information are posted at

A similar event held in Salt Lake City last October attracted hundreds of participants, including LGBT Mormons, supporters, and church leaders.