A Future & A Hope

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

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    

Mormon Missionaries Create Art with LGBT Community in Ecuador

It’s been ten years since my mission to Ecuador. Recently I thought it would be fun to revisit the experience through reading my journals. As I skimmed through the pages I came across something quite precious and unique for an LDS missionary. On April 17th 2003, in Quevedo Ecuador, my zone of fellow missionaries coincidentally […]

Emotional Pain and Diverse Community Spaces

By Anne McMullin Peffer Participating in a Circling the Wagons conference is a challenge for several reasons. A first primary obstacle is the fact that Circling the Wagons conferences seek to be safe spaces for Mormons of diverse beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, political ideologies and life decisions. Secondly, there is a great […]

A Memory of Josh Weed and Love

By Anne McMullin Peffer I remember the morning of the 2012 Salt Lake City conference featuring Josh Weed, Allen Miller and Joseph Broom as being very tense. The invitation of keynote speakers who had made different life decisions had not settled well with the public. Media were bustling and requesting interviews with Josh, last-minute conference […]

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 […]