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    

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]