Gay Mormons gather for Affirmation annual conference

An international meeting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Mormons and their families and friends begins Friday, September 12 in Salt Lake City. The conference is hosted by Affirmation LGBT Mormons, Family & Friends.

Organizers say that the “This is the Place” conference will be the largest single gathering of gay Mormons in the world “meant to help attendees reconcile and celebrate being both LGBT and connected to the LDS faith.”

The conference is being held at the University of Utah Guest House and Conference Center at Fort Douglas, 110 S. Fort Douglas Boulevard.

It will be kicked off on Friday, Sept. 12 with an opening gala and performance at 8 p.m. On Saturday, a group gathering will take place at the This is the Place State Park at 2 p.m.

Speakers include Randall Thacker, Affirmation President; jazz vocalist Spencer Day; Clark Johnson, only Mormon in original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon; speaker/songwriter Julie de Azevedo Hanks; black Mormon historian Darius Gray; “The Home Depot Couple” Spencer and Dustin Reeser-Stout; and Eri Hayward, featured in transgender documentary Transmormon.

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