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    

Opening Remarks at the Inaugural Meeting of the Circling the Wagons Coalition

By Anne McMullin Peffer About the Coalition It’s exciting to be standing here today. The development of Circling the Wagons and the progression of the relationship between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and same-sex attracted Mormons and the overall Mormon community has been a pleasure (and, admittedly a bit of a trial) to be part of […]

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 […]

Workshop for Families in Conflict

      On the evening of Friday, February 21st, Circling the Wagons will be holding a Workshop for Families in Conflict. We recognize that many Mormons experience deep divisions within their families regarding the appropriate response to sexual orientation. It can difficult, if not impossible, to find spaces where members who disagree can feel […]

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 […]

2014 Keynote Speaker FAQ

Q: Who are Lee Beckstead and David Matheson and why is it different to have a conference that keynotes both of them? Lee Beckstead, Ph.D., is a former-Mormon psychologist who was a member of the APA task force that made the official recommendation that the appropriate therapeutic response to sexual orientation be LGBT-affirming. David Matheson, […]

The Chinese Finger Trap

By Anne McMullin Peffer I am the third of five children. My siblings and I could probably have won the contention award of the 1970s. We were opinionated, smart, and each felt it was our personal obligation to teach each other how to behave. The fighting was incessant. While I won’t deny that I was […]

LGBT? SSA? Allowing for Self-Determination

By Anne McMullin Peffer Within Mormonism we have a history of debating whether it’s preferable to identify as LGBT or same-sex attracted. There are many cogent and well-founded arguments behind this conflict that I won’t use any text space to rehash. That’s a conversation we’ve already had….. a few (or more) times. What I’ve learned […]