The Mormon Moment Migrates to Seattle as LGBT Mormons Gather for Conference

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The Annual Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons Conference will happen in Seattle, Washington from Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2012. The theme for the conference is “Celebrate the Journey!” This three-day conference will bring together Affirmation members and allies from around the world for friendship, learning, healing and support and to celebrate their journeys as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Mormons.

2012 Affirmation Conference Logo

2012 Affirmation Conference Logo

The Annual Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons Conference will happen in Seattle, Washington from Friday, October 19 – Sunday, October 21, 2012. The theme for the conference is “Celebrate the Journey!” This three-day conference will bring together Affirmation members and allies from around the world for friendship, learning, healing and support and to celebrate their journeys as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Mormons.

This conference will feature a beautifully diverse range of voices and experiences during plenary sessions, workshops and the Sunday devotional. The preliminary conference program strikes a balance between social interaction, serious discussion, and sheer celebration.

The keynote speakers for the conference are:

  •     Filmmaker Kendall Wilcox, creator of the “It Gets Better at Brigham Young University” YouTube clip that has impacted thousands of lives
  •     John Dehlin, the founder of Mormon Stories, and
  •     Bridey Jensen, who courageously helped organize a gay-straight alliance at Brigham Young University (BYU)

The preliminary workshop sessions for the conference include:

  •     The Answer is Love: A More Excellent Way for LDS Families and Church Leaders: Robert Rees and local LDS church leaders
  •     Identifying our Strengths and Blessings as LGBT Children of God, Overcoming Fear, and Celebrating and Sharing our Gifts to Bless Others
  •     Working with our Straight Allies for Marriage Equality
  •     Creating Conversations with Church Members to Build Bridges of Understanding: John Gustav-Wrathall, Kendall Wilcox
  •     Celebrating our Stories: Marty Beaudet
  •     Dating and Building Healthy and Happy Long-Term Gay Relationships

The Sunday devotional will feature the following speakers:

  •     Tina Richerson, from New York, New York, and
  •     Bishop Robert Rees, from Berkeley, California

The Affirmation choir will rehearse on Friday and Saturday and sing during the Sunday morning devotional.

The 2012 Affirmation conference will be a time to share, celebrate, and laugh. Please don’t miss this chance to come to Seattle and celebrate your life journey with us. Information about registration for the conference can be found at http://www.seattle.affirmation.org

Additional information can be found at the conference website http://www.seattle.affirmation.org, its public Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/364760976928867/, or its Twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/affirmationlds.

Affirmation is an all-volunteer organization supporting LGBT Mormons, their families, and allies by encouraging spirituality, providing information resources, and working for equality. The Affirmation website can be found at http://www.affirmation.org

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