A Future & A Hope

SLC 2014 keynote by Randall Thacker, President of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families and Friends    

What I’ve Learned from Meeting with my Enemies

SLC 2014 keynote by Lee Beckstead, former-Mormon psychologist and member of the APA task force that made the official recommendation that the appropriate therapeutic response to same-sex attraction be LGBT-affirming    

How do we Handle Ambiguity, Diversity, and the Unknown?

SLC 2014 keynote by David Matheson, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Clinical Director of the Center for Gender Wholeness    

Empowering Others through Listening and Accepting

By Anne McMullin Peffer Some members of our community know a lot about what it’s like to live without empowerment. These people understand how difficult it is to continually be on the receiving end of others’ decisions, to not have the ability or freedom to make enough money to provide for themselves, to live without […]

Emotional Pain, Families in Conflict and Learning Acceptance

By Anne McMullin Peffer Same-sex attraction within Mormonism has a tendency to be associated with deep amounts of emotional pain. This emotional pain is often at the heart of family and community conflicts. In general, a great deal of the emotional pain is related to fear of rejection and exclusion. Family members who are attracted […]

Opening the Circles and Coming Together

There are many ways to interpret the Circling the Wagons metaphor. In common parlance, the phrase is used within the context of intentionally ending communication in order to protect oneself from outsiders who might be destructive. In Mormon history, it has a different meaning. While crossing the plains to reach the valley of Salt Lake […]

Lessons in Unconditional Love

SLC 2012 keynote by Josh Weed, gay Mormon blogger