Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends

A refuge to land, heal, share, and be authentic.

aka Affirmation   |   Salt Lake City, UT   |  https://affirmation.org

Mission

Affirmation creates worldwide communities of safety, love, and hope and promotes understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. We affirm the inherent self-worth of LGBTQIA+ individuals as complete, equal, and valuable persons and support them as they define their individual spirituality and intersection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ruling year info

1995

President

Mr. Nathan Kitchen

Main address

299 S. Main St. Suite 1300 PMB 94106

Salt Lake City, UT 84111 USA

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EIN

95-4298774

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Single Organization Support (Y11)

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many LGBTQIA+ Mormons experience conflicts between their sexual orientation or gender identity and their faith or heritage as Latter-day Saints. Many have also experienced trauma from family and community rejection. LGBTQIA+ Mormons are at elevated risk of depression and suicide.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Regional, National and International Conferences

Affirmation organizes a variety of conferences and retreats throughout the world.

For a current listing of upcoming conferences, please visit https://affirmation.org/events

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Christians

Affirmation chapter meetings may include social, educational, or spiritual aspects, depending on what each chapter feels would best serve its member's needs.

A current listings of contacts is located at http://affirmation.org/chapters

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Christians

Affirmation provides web-based resources in English, Spanish and Portuguese; online video conferences; and different kinds of community support in social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Christians

In 2018 Affirmation launched a program of training Affirmation leaders as certified suicide prevention trainers, who will in turn provide training at our various conferences and other gatherings throughout the world, with a goal of training 1,400 Affirmation members and friends in basic suicide prevention skills by 2021.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Christians

At every conference of Affirmation, a segment is devoted to leadership training and development, providing needed organizational and people skills.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Christians

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Affirmation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Mormons, Families and Friends supports LGBT Mormons and their families, friends and Church leaders in seeking to live productive lives consistent with their faith or heritage. We provide a loving, inclusive community for all LGBT/Same Sex Attraction (SSA) people, regardless of how they identify in their sexual orientation, gender identity, or faith. We encourage spirituality and empower Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ)/SSA Mormons to make valuable contributions within and outside of the Church. We organize local gatherings and international conferences, provide informational resources, and work for dialogue within the Church.

Affirmation's current priorities from our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan:
• Spirituality & Health - Encourage spirituality, prayer, self-awareness, and the practice of Christ-like and charitable behavior in the recognition of all as whole and complete children of God.
• Dialog - Create meaningful dialogue by engaging LDS Church members and leaders at all levels to increase understanding and inclusion within the Church.
• Community - Engage LGBT Mormons and allies in building a beloved community where we can celebrate and use our unique gifts, and feel safe to be fully authentic.
• Resources - Provide or connect LGBT Mormons and allies to resources that support reconciling their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and/or expression with Mormon faith.
• Communications - Improve / increase awareness of Affirmation within the LDS and LGBT communities through effective messaging and communication vehicles.
• Infrastructure - Keep our house in order through organizational and leadership development; build the infrastructure and financial resources to support our vision and goals.

Internal Resources
• The Affirmation Board of Directors consists of 15 individuals who are from diverse backgrounds and are either LGBTQ or a LGBTQ ally.
• The current all-volunteer Affirmation Leadership Team consists of approximately 100 people working in the following areas: Organization Development, Fundraising, Finance/Legal, Annual Conference, Communications/Resources, Web/Publications/Technology, LDS Church Relations, Membership and Outreach, Ally/Family/Friends/Youth, and Spirituality/Reconciliation.
• In addition to the Affirmation Board and Leadership Team, there are local groups and leadership teams in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Spain, South Africa and New Zealand.

Partnerships
• Affirmation is currently working closely with other like-minded groups such as Mormons Building Bridges, BYU's USGA, I'll Walk With You, and LDS Family Fellowship.
• Affirmation also has partnerships with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Religion and Faith Program, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) National Religious Leadership Roundtable, and The Family Acceptance Project.

Awards
• 2014 Winner of Equality Utah's Allies for Equality Award

In the past year we have seen a growing number of LGBT/SSA Mormons, their family members, friends and church leaders from around the world coming to us seeking information and support. To meet these needs we have:
• Actively began outreach in Latin American via online support groups and through organizing a successful conference in Mexico City and are planning regional conferences in Brazil, Columbia, and Chile.
• Organized a successful spiritual and leadership retreat in New Hope PA with over 40 people interested in serving in the LGBT Mormon community.
• Coordinate over 30 local gatherings in various cities across the United States and abroad.
• Produced a number of articles to help share our perspectives on Church related curriculum and helped prepare our community for general conference and debrief the outcomes.
• Answered hundreds of emails, Facebook messages and phone calls to help individuals reconcile their sexuality and spirituality and find a place of healing.
• Organized booths at various LGBT festivals to provide resources.
• Sponsored and participated in an increasing number of forums for dialogue among LGBT/SSA Mormons, church members and leaders, both locally and in Salt Lake City. These groups are helping to create increased understanding and build positive relationships.
• Actively begun increasing our endowment so that we can increase the number of scholarships/financial support for those with limited funds who wish to attend conferences, retreats and other events.
• Continuing to work closely with other like-minded groups such as Mormons Building Bridges, BYU's USGA, LDS Family Fellowship, and Mormons for Marriage, in order to provide more resources for support and outreach.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends

Board of directors
as of 09/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Nathan Kitchen

Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends

Term: 2019 - 2022

Randall Thacker

Justis Tuia

Cristina Moraes

Jairo Fernando Gonzalez Diaz

Nathan Kitchen

Francisco Ruiz

Francisco Villalobos

Carlos Castillo Casas

Shauna Jones

Mike Klein

Chelsea Gibbs

Rebecca Solen

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/29/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/29/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.