2013 SEPTEMBER 13–15
SALT LAKE CITY
Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons

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Workshops
All workshops will be held on Saturday, September 14, in the Officers Club

First Session

Second Session

Third Session

Afternoon Discussion


    Officers Club
 
 
First Session: 9:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Growing Up LGBT and Mormon in America     South Conference Room

Note: This panel will be repeated at 10:30 AM

Dr. Anne E. Nicoll, Dr. Sharon Groves

The Human Rights Campaign’s report “Growing Up LGBT in America,” provides data from more than 10,000 LGBT youth ages 13 – 17 who were surveyed between 2011 and 2012. This workshop will present the findings from the 72 youth who participated in the survey and identified as Mormon.

These findings paint a picture of the lives of teenage Mormon LGBT youth including their gender identity, sexual orientation, experiences in the areas of personal well-being, family support, community connection, and the extent of being out and accepted. In addition, the level of support youth report receiving from their families, their schools and their religious community will be presented.

While LGBT Mormon youth are relatively optimistic about their future ambitions including family life, education and work, that optimism plummets when they think about trying to achieve those goals in the towns and cities where they currently live.

Based on the results of this survey we will engage in a conversation about what the data can teach us about how to engage with Mormon youth and the role Affirmation can play as a leader advocating for the voices of LGBT Mormons.

Anne E. Nicoll Sharon Groves

Follow Your Heart: Breaking Through Stereotypes and Confronting Shame, A Guide in Being a Fearless Lesbian Mormon     East Conference Room

Tina Richerson, Hollie Hancock, Berta Marquez, Kim Mack, Anna Empey, and Amy Larsen

Learn from and speak with 4 fearless Mormon lesbians who are courageously changing the face of their communities. A discussion on identifying our discomfort being Lesbian in a culture that doesn’t have room for us. How to move past our feelings which keep us from expressing our truth, following our heart and finding courage to create the change we seek. Explore approaches/define for yourself how to be a fearless Lesbian.
Tina Richerson Hollie Hancock 

Circles of Empathy     North Conference Room

Kendall Wilcox

Circles of Empathy is a small-group practice for LGBTQ/SSA and straight Mormons that helps participants sort through their feelings, beliefs, and experiences to better understand where they come from, what they mean, and how to sustainably live with them with greater coherence. The Circles practice is an open-ended process where you can find answers for yourself and learn how to live with those answers from a place of integration and wholeness.

This workshop will introduce participants to the Circle practice by reviewing the core concepts, process, guidelines, and potential outcomes. For more information, visit: CirclesOfEmpathy.org

Kendall Wilcox

Living Trans in the Latter Days     West Conference Room

Sara Jade Woodhouse, Neca Allgood, and Grayson Moore

Living a faithful and authentic life as a trans-latter-day-saint.
Sara Jade Woodhouse Greyson Moore and Neca Allgood
Second Session: 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM
Growing Up LGBT and Mormon in America (Repeat)     South Conference Room

Dr. Anne E. Nicoll, Dr. Sharon Groves

The Human Rights Campaign’s report “Growing Up LGBT in America,” provides data from more than 10,000 LGBT youth ages 13 – 17 who were surveyed between 2011 and 2012. This workshop will present the findings from the 72 youth who participated in the survey and identified as Mormon.

These findings paint a picture of the lives of teenage Mormon LGBT youth including their gender identity, sexual orientation, experiences in the areas of personal well-being, family support, community connection, and the extent of being out and accepted. In addition, the level of support youth report receiving from their families, their schools and their religious community will be presented.

While LGBT Mormon youth are relatively optimistic about their future ambitions including family life, education and work, that optimism plummets when they think about trying to achieve those goals in the towns and cities where they currently live.

Based on the results of this survey we will engage in a conversation about what the data can teach us about how to engage with Mormon youth and the role Affirmation can play as a leader advocating for the voices of LGBT Mormons.

Anne E. Nicoll Sharon Groves

Restoring Our Relationship with the Restored Church and Gospel     North Conference Room

Note: This panel will be repeated at 11:30 AM

John Gustav-Wrathall and Robert A. Rees; other presenters to be announced.

Explore how, far from being an obstacle or hindrance, our LDS heritage and theology, and participating in the LDS church and broader Mormon community, can empower lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people.
John Gustav-Wrathall Robert A. Rees

LDS Family Fellowship Panel: Family Values… Valuing ALL Families!     East Conference Room

Kathryn Steffensen, Meg and Jake Abhau, Diane, Tom, and Roy Oviatt, Pamela, Brian, and Tim Weymann

A panel of LDS families including LGBT children and straight siblings discusses love and acceptance, the vast blessings of having an LGBT child, and the incredible journey that has unfolded as a result.

Meg and Jake Abhau
Kathryn Steffensen Diane, Tom, and Roy Oviatt

Spiritual Partnerships and Long-Term Commitment     West Conference Room

Karin Hendricks and Tawnya Smith

Is it possible for LGBTQ couples to have long-term, spiritual, and emotionally fulfilling relationships? Of course it is! Karin and Tawnya have traveled across the country interviewing gay and lesbian couples in long-term committed relationships. Now they share these endearing stories with members of Affirmation, and offer strategies for deepening spiritual and emotional intimacy with your current or future beloved.

Karin Hendricks Tawnya Smith
Third Session: 11:30 AM to 12:20 AM
Restoring Our Relationship with the Restored Church and Gospel (Repeat)     North Conference Room

John Gustav-Wrathall and Robert A. Rees; other presenters to be announced.

Explore how, far from being an obstacle or hindrance, our LDS heritage and theology, and participating in the LDS church and broader Mormon community, can empower lesbian, gay, bi and transgender people.
John Gustav-Wrathall Robert A. Rees

Building Local Communities for LDS LGBT/SSA, Family, and Friends     South Conference Room

Bryan Hendrickson, Bryce Cook, and other presenters

This workshop will outline best practices for creating and sustaining supportive local groups for LDS LGBT/SSA people, their families, and other supportive LDS members. The workshop will draw on the experience of successful groups created in recent years in cities across the United States. Attendees will find this workshop helpful at any level of effort to create these spaces, ranging from a simple dinner group to building a well-established community of LDS LGBT/SSA and their families in a local area.

Bryan Hendrickson Bryce Cook

USGA 101: New Frontiers at BYU     East Conference Room

Adam White, Keith Trottier, and other BYU USGA members from Provo and Idaho campuses

USGA 101: New Frontiers at BYU - USGA at BYU presents a question and answer session to introduce you to Brigham Young University's LGBTQ/SSA community. A panel of BYU students and guests will share their varying spiritual beliefs and experiences as Mormons who interact with the LGBTQ/SSA experience. Be enlightened by the diverse ways in which Latter-day Saints reconcile belief, sexual identity and gender identity.

Adam White Keith Trottier

Healing our Spiritual Selves: Connecting to Our Inner Truth     West Conference Room

Tawnya Smith,Karin Hendricks, and Alaina Hendricks

Get in touch with the truth you hold in your heart. Join Tawnya (host of the Affirmation Teleconferences on Healing), Karin (Affirmation Spiritual Director), and Alaina (member of BYU USGA) for a reflective and interactive workshop. Together we will use journaling, guided imagery, meditation, and various art forms to create a safe space for personal exploration, forgiveness, and healing.
Tawnya Smith Karin Hendricks Alaina Hendricks
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Family/Parents Discussion Group     East Conference Room

Note: This panel will be held at the same time as the Service Projects

Thomas and Wendy Montgomery, Meg and Jake Abhau, Diane, Tom, and Roy Oviatt, Pamela, Brian, and Tim Weymann

This session is an opportunity for parents and family members of LGBT Mormons to hear the stories of other parents and family members and their journey in understanding and embracing their LGBT family members. It is also the time to ask questions of these families and to share your own story as well.

Tim Weymann Meg and Jake Abhau
Thomas and Wendy Montgomery Diane, Tom, and Roy Oviatt





































 
 

© 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.