2013 SEPTEMBER 13–15
Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons

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University Guesthouse

The Officers Club will be the venue of the Friday evening Reception and Opening Program, the Saturday Workshops, some of the service projects, the Saturday reception and story-sharing meeting, and the Sunday luncheon.

The Douglas Ballroom, recently added south of the Guesthouse, will be the site of the Saturday morning plenary, the Saturday lunch, and the Evening of Affirmation.

Barb and Steve Young

Benji Schwimmer
Benji Schwimmer

Going to the Affirmation Conference in a surrey

Conference Video

Attending the Saturday Evening Program

Please Note: Saturday evening there will be a football game at the University of Utah. If you decide to take lightrail, get off at the Fort Douglas Station and walk to the Officers Club (6:00 PM and 7:00 PM) or to the Douglas Ballroom (8:00 PM).

If you do do drive, give yourself plenty of time to drive, park, and find your way to the Officers Club (6:00 PM and 7:00 PM) and Douglas Ballroom (8:00 PM).

Finding Your Way by Foot

Walking from Fort Douglas Station to the Guesthouse

Walking from the Officers Club to the Douglas Ballroom

Walking from the Fort Douglas Station to the Officers Club

Information for Wheelchair Access

Information for Wheelchair Access

Conference Weather

Check out the weather forecast for Salt Lake City

Workshops Program Finalized

The full list of Saturday workshops has been finalized and organized in three sessions. Rooms have been assigned. Two of the panels will be repeated during the Second and Third Session, allowing more people a chance to attend.

Deadlines for Scholarships, Discounted Registration Extended

The deadline for students and those with extremely limited financial resources to register for conference at the $50 price has been extended through September 12.

The discounted registration price ($99) has been extended through September 12.

As of September 11, registration by mail or email is closed. Online registration is still open through September 12.

Carpooling and sharing hotel rooms are suggested ways to save money.

Bring Friends, Family to the Saturday Evening Program

We strongly encourage conference-goers to invite family and friends to the Saturday evening program. Priced at $15, the program will include a 6:00 pm reception with heavy appetizers, a 7:00 pm testimony/story-sharing meeting, and an 8:00 Evening of Affirmation, followed by desserts and socializing.

The reception and story-sharing meeting will be held in the Officers Club. The evening of Affirmation will be held in the Douglas Ballroom, which is attached to the Guesthouse. We suggest that those driving for the evening park behind the Guesthouse as shown in this map and, if planning to attend the 6:00 PM reception and/or the 7:00 PM story-sharing meeting walk to the Officers Club.

The Evening of Affirmation will include musical numbers by the Affirmation Choir and presentations by some of our LGBT allies: Barb and Steve Young, Benji Schwimmer, and Judy Finch. With an inspiring lineup of presenters and music, this will no doubt be one of the highlights of our conference.

You can buy tickets for this event online or by mail, but we need to know the number of attendees a few days before conference so that we can order the food.

Attend Conference Events “A La Carte”

This year we are offering menu pricing for those who may wish to attend and pay for limited parts of the conference. This gives attendees total liberty to participate on a tight schedule and a tight budget: You can register for these events either online (deadline: September 12) or by scanning a form and sending it by email (deadline: September 10).

If you can attend only limited events but your financial situation is not tight, we encourage you to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the conference fund, thus helping us defray conference costs. You can make a donation online (by typing a higher amount on the top section of the form) or by email (by using the “TOTAL ENCLOSED” line at the bottom of Page 2) as you register for specific events.

Join the Affirmation Choir!

The Affirmation Choir which will sing during the Saturday evening devotional. Whether you’re soprano, bass, anything in between, don’t miss this chance to be part of it. If possible, plan your flight so that you attend the first choir rehearsal on Friday, September 13, at 4:45 PM. For more information, visit the Choir Page.

When You Should Get There
  • Please note that for this conference, the General Business Meeting has been moved to Friday. All Affirmation leaders and members are strongly encouraged to arrive in time for this meeting, which will be held on Friday at 6:00 PM in the Officers Club. This meeting is the opportunity for members to learn about the current and upcoming work within Affirmation, to ask questions, and to volunteer to help.

  • If this is your first Affirmation Conference, you’re strongly encouraged to attend the First Timers Meeting, which will start on Friday at 4:00 PM in the Officers Club. We will get acquainted, answer your questions, tell you what to expect at conference, and help you get into the swing of things.

  • If you’re a chapter or LGBT Mormon support group leader or are part of the international leadership team, please schedule your trip so that you can attend the leadership meeting to be held on Friday at 10:00 AM and the combined Board and Leadership Team Luncheon on Friday at Noon. Also, a Board of Directors meeting will be held on Friday from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
Light Rail from the Airport

For the first time, we will be able to travel from the airport to the University Guesthouse using the recently expanded light rail system. Fare: $2.50 each way. Change from the Green Line to the Red Line at the Courthouse going to the U. Medical Center and use the Fort Douglas Station.

Walking from Fort Douglas Station to the Guesthouse (.4 mile, 8 minutes)

Note: The light rail does not run 24/7, and weekend hours are limited. Check the schedules for the Green Line and the Red Line before buying your plane ticket.

More information on the venue, transportation, and parking


© 2013 Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons

Questions about the conference? Contact Randall Thacker: randall@affirmation.org Attendees will be welcomed regardless of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.