Affirmation Annual International Conference 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah  | July 20 - 22

What You Can Expect at the Affirmation Conference

This conference is like no other event in the world. You will join with hundreds of LGBTQ+ Mormons from around the world who bring and share various perspectives of what it means for them to be LGBTQ+ and Mormon. No matter your sexual orientation or gender identity; interest or activity level in the LDS Church; if you are a LGBTQ+ Mormon, a family member, a friend, or a church leader this is the conference for you.

Registration

Early Bird Registration: Until June 1st, 2018, early bird registration is available for $70 for individuals, $130 for couples, and $190 for families with three or more attending.

General Registration: After June 1st, 2018, registration will be $90 per person.

Scholarships: If you need assistance with the registration fee, you may request a scholarship. Scholarships are not being offered for travel and lodging. Click here to request a scholarship.

Conference Location

After seeking input from the larger Affirmation community, the Affirmation Board decided to move this year's conference to the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City. We anticipate that holding the conference in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City will make it much more accessible to non-Utah residents who need to fly into Utah in order to attend the conference, as well as northern Utah and Idaho residents who plan to drive. Click here for additional transportation information, including light rail and rail options.

Speakers

We'll be announcing speakers periodically leading up to this year's international conference. Please check back soon for additional announcements.

Savannah Stevenson

British Actress Savannah Stevenson

Savannah Stevenson is a British television and theatre actress. She is best known for starring as Glinda in the London production of Wicked, playing the role for almost 3 years and at 1,000 performances. Savannah also portrays Mary, Mother of Jesus in the LDS Bible Videos.

She was a guest speaker at the Europe Affirmation conference in London in 2017 and is delighted to be joining the International conference in Salt Lake City this year. More about this speaker.

Fatimah S. Salleh

Rev. Dr. Fatimah S. Salleh

Rev. Dr. Fatimah S. Salleh is the founder of A Certain Work, an organization dedicated to educating on issues of faith, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University in Public Communication and a second Master’s in Divinity from Duke University. She served a mission in Campinas, Brazil. More about this speaker.

 

Emron Grover

Pixar Animator Emron Grover

Returned missionary. BYU graduate. Dancer. Acclaimed digital animator. Father. Husband. Gay. Emron Grover has a wealth of experience that he will be sharing at the 2018 Affirmation International Conference. He’s a Pixar animator who has worked on films like “Up,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” More about this speaker.

Affirmation President Carson Tueller

Affirmation President Carson Tueller

Elected in 2017, Carson Tueller is currently serving as Affirmation President. He is a part-time university student and self-employed private music instructor. Carson served for several years on the Utah Flute Association board of directors. He has extensive training in leadership development.

Francisco Ruiz

Affirmation Senior Vice President Francisco Ruiz

Francisco Ruiz accepts himself as both Mormon and gay. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Affirmation Mexico. While serving as an Affirmation leader in Mexico, the country saw remarkable growth, organizing in eight areas and training regional leaders who continually work together.

Kimberly Anderson Affirmation Vice President

Affirmation Vice President Kimberly Anderson

Kimberly Anderson lives authentically as a woman and, prior to transitioning and changing her name, has a lifetime of experience is service in the LDS Church. She resigned her old name from the records of the church last year. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of San Francisco.

Schedule

Thursday - July 19th

6:00 PM

Pre-Conference Social and Potluck

Friday - July 20th

9:00 AM

Affirmation leadership team training and meetings

4:00 PM

Registration Opens

7:00 PM

First Timers Meeting

8:00 PM

Opening Plenary

Featured speaker: Savannah Stevenson

Saturday - July 21st

9:00 AM

International Plenary

Featured Speaker: Emron Grover

10:30 AM

Affinity Group Gatherings - Block 1

Church Leaders Session

11:30 AM

Affinity Group Gatherings - Block 2

Church Leaders Session

12:30 AM

Lunch Break and Affinity Group Meet-Ups

2:00 PM

Workshops

3:45 PM

Workshops

5:15 PM

Dinner Break and Affinity Group Meet-Ups

7:30 PM

Evening of Affirmation

Featured Speakers:

Carson Tueller
Francisco Ruiz
Kimberly Anderson

9:15 PM

Dance and Social

Sunday - July 22nd

9:00 AM

International Devotional

Featured Speaker: Fatimah Salleh

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Yoga/Meditation Practice - Block 1

10:30 AM

Testimony Meeting/Spiritual Story Telling

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Yoga/Meditation Practice - Block 2

12:00 PM

Closing Ceremony

12:30 PM

Conference Ends

1:00 PM

Post-Conference Sandwiches and Social

What are Affinity Groups?

Affirmation Affinity Groups provide an opportunity to associate with, seek support from, and offer support to others with similar backgrounds or circumstances as yourself. This year's conference provides several opportunities to meet with affinity groups that you feel would benefit yourself, and others, the most. Here are the affinity groups that will be meeting during the conference.

Prepare: Active and/or believing Latter-day Saints

Journeys: Faith transitioning/Post-Mormon

Millennials

Pioneers:  55+

 

Queer Moms

Queer Dads

Mixed Orientation Families

Straight Spouses

People of Color

 

Women

Men

Ace/Aro

Bi/Pan/Queer

Trans

Accomodations

There are several options in hotels near the convention center that you may choose to stay at during this year's conference. These hotels include the  Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, the Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City, the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel, and the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square. For a listing of additional hotels nearby, please click here. For additional information about nearby hotels, click here.

Meals

Unlike in previous years, no meals will be provided during this year's conference. There are many dining options nearby the conference center that you may take advantage of between conference sessions. Several affinity groups may be meeting together for meals and we'll post that information once available. There will also be a potluck social on Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned for those details.