Gay bloggers Joseph Broom, Josh Weed, and Allen Miller address the Circling the Wagons audience following virulent attacks on the conference and speakers for attempting to open authentic dialogue between LGBTQ/SSA Mormons who approach their life–decisions differently. Joseph Broom and Allen Miller were previously married to women and now advocate for same–sex marriages and relationships. Josh Weed is well known for his successful mixed–orientation marriage.
All three speakers strive to authentically and respectfully share their own life–stories without speaking disrespectfully of those whose decisions are different than their own. Joseph explains the purpose of Circling the Wagons conferences, Josh stridently asks families of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons to stop using his life–story to pressure their loved ones into mixed–orientation marriages, and Allen speaks to the importance of living authentically and happily.
The conference opens with the Circling the Wagons Statement of Purpose and our position on the Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation.