Mormons offering safe family Christmas parties for young LGBT people

If you are an LGBTQ youth or young adult in search of a safe and affirming place to enjoy Christmas, some members of Mormons Building Bridges are reaching out to welcome you.

If you are uncertain or shy, organizer Berta Marquez will reach out to the families on your behalf to make introductions. Email her at frufruwawa <at> gmail.com. All confidences will be honored, she said.

Marquez is with several organizations that work at the intersection of Mormonism and the LGBT community, including Mormons for Marriage, Affirmation, Mormons Building Bridges, the Dragon Moms, Out in Zion, Utah LGBTQ Stories and LDS Walk With You. She has collaborated with Equality Utah and the ACLU on social justice work specific to LGBT rights and is working with Operation Shine America which works with and advocates for homeless youth, which is perhaps her greatest passion. She and her wife live in Springville, Utah.

The families, by city, can be contacted below:

Alberta Calgary, AB, Can The Cartwrights, Amy Isaksen Cartwright amy.isaksen (at) gmail.com
Ariz Chandler The Montgomerys, Wendy Williams Montgomery wendybird75 (at) aol.com
Ariz Gilbert The Werners, Erika Martinez Werner erika.bbwerner (at) gmail.com
Ariz Mesa The Johnsons, Vicky Wimmer Johnson 602.697.7976 , text please
Ariz Mesa The Jacksons, Becky Bodine Jackson jacksonfinancial (at) live.com
Ariz Mesa The Barnhart, Marianne Barnhart mab541 (at) aol.com
Ariz Phoenix The Curtis’, Emily Clyde Curtis clydecurtis (at) gmail.com
Ariz San Tan Valley The Lenskis, Brenda Lenski getangel10 (at) gmail.com
Ariz Scottsdale The Cross’, Stefanie Ann Cross stefaniecross2 (at) gmail.com
Ariz Tucson The Melbys, Guenevere Nelson-Melby nelsonmelby (at) yahoo.com
Calif Antelope Sara Jean 916.217.0582, text please
Calif Carlsbad The Pulsipher, Linda Hardy Pulpsipher pulsipher.linda (at) yahoo.com
Calif Culver City The Barham, Laurel Heninger Barham shloral (at) gmail.com
Calif Lincoln The Rogers, Tamie Crane Rogers tamraloo (at) hotmail.com
Calif Oakley The Swensons, Julie Welsh Senson mathjulie (at) yahoo.com
Calif Perris The Rodriguez’, Beatrice Rodriguez bgaecia69 (at) gmail.com
Calif San Francisco The Berryessas, Guy Berryessa guyberr (at) gmail.com
Calif SanDiego The Farr-Knickerbockers, Amanda Farr-Knickerbockers afarr04 (at) gmail.com
Calif Santa Barbara The Nebekers, Joanna Shaw Nebeker joscrapbookqueen (at) yahoo.com
Calif Temecula The Campos’, Cassy Taylor Campos mokilehua (at) verizon.net
Colo Denver The Oviatts, Melissa Oviatt mjoviatt (at) gmail.com
Colo Denver The Sniders, Susan Van Patten Snider susanvsnider (at) gmail.com
Conn Rigfield/NYC The Hawkers, Audrey Fanning Hawker audrey.hawker (at) gmail.com
Idaho American Falls The Wards, Emily Pugh Ward wardemi2 (at) isu.edu
Idaho Boise The Cottles, Christy Cottle christycottle (at) gmail.com
Idaho Boise The Lindsays, Kristen Talmage Lindsay lindsay (at) gmail.com
Idaho Boise & Nampa The Walkers, Brittany Ursenbach Walker mrswalker091606 (at) gmail.com
Idaho Rexburg The Wrights, Chris Wright filmscore_guy (at) sbcglobal.net
Idaho Burley The Pincocks, Camille Judd Pincock camillep 1977 (at) gmail.com
Idaho Rexburg/Idaho Falls The Burkes, Madison Burke madisonburke11 (at) gmail.com
England/UK London, Eng The Reynolds, Wendy Reynolds wattsup70 (at) hotmail.com
Fla Leesburg The Hulets, David Hulet dhulet (at) gmail.com
Mass Boston The Mooneys, Danielle Kristine Mooney 617.276.7253, text please
Mass Boston The Jones’, David Jones dklinejones (at) yahoo.com
Nev Las Vegas The Stephens, Anita Stephens alstephens3 (at) cox.net
NJ Kenilworth Mary Hargrove luckycharmer010 (at) gmail.com
NM Las Cruces The Bensons, Diane Holindake Benson dianeemma (at) gmail.com
NY Rochester The Goettlers, Bobbie Givens Goettler bobbieanne (at) gmail.com
NC Concord The Kistlers, Brandy Lynn Kistler superkza (at) yahoo.com
Ore Portland The Pearsons, Jennifer Wilkins Pearson jenn_wilkins (at) hotmail.com
Ore Portland The Johnsons, Betty Johnson bwjohnson49 (at) yahoo.com
Penn Pittsburg The Kellers, Rachel Deere Keller rachellkeller (at) gmail.com
Tenn Christiana The Bohlings, Laura Bohling laura.bohling (at) gmail.com
Tenn Nashville The Sullivans, Emily Runyan Sullivan 1emilysullivan (at) gmail.com
Texas Allen The Haws, Julienna Viega viegashaws (at) gmail.com
Texas Aubrey The Chatwins, Erin Clement Chatwin always_erin7 (at) yahoo.com
Texas Heath The Downings, Lisa Torcasso Downing downinglt (at) aol.com
Utah Bluffdale The Leavitts, Sean Leavitt tanis666 (at) gmail.com
Utah Bountiful The Gentrys, Anna Corinne Gentry annacorinnegentry (at) gmail.com
Utah Cottonwood Heights The Harrisons, Peter Harrison peterf.harrison (at) gmail.com
Utah Farmington The Fox family, Rebecca Fox becafox (at) hotmail.com
Utah Farmington.SLC The Boulters, Sara Boulter saraboulter (at) gmail.com
Utah Highland The Zobells, Yvette Barrus Zobell yvettepz (at) yahoo.com
Utah Holladay The Bells, Brian Kelly Bell bel06025 (at) gmail.com
Utah Ivins The Ertels, Susan Ertel yodaertel (at) gmail.com
Utah Kaysville The Newmans, Shana Newman ssnewman2 (at) msn.com
Utah Kearns The Oviatts, Sarah Guild Oviatt sarahoviatt (at) gmail.com
Utah Layton Cheryl Nunn cheryl.nunn (at) gmail.com
Utah Lehi The Lindseys, Alisa Davis Lindsey alindseyjjc (at) gmail.com
Utah Mapleton The Drapers, Roni Jo Draper roni.jo.draper (at) gmail.com
Utah Midvale The Welchs, Jon Welch joncwelch (at) att.net
Utah North Ogden The Evans, Jen Evans scjeevans (at) gmail.com
Utah Ogden The Barnums, Jacy Morgan Barnum twingogirl (at) yahoo.com
Utah Orem The Bergins, Sue Bergin sue (at) suebergin.com
Utah Park City The Mikesells, Susan Mikesell shoshannahtikvah (at) gmail.com
Utah Provo The Kellys, Jim and Donna Kelly happyvalleykellys (at) hotmail.com
Utah Provo The Valentines, Abby Valentine goingfullhippie (at) gmail.com
Utah Saint George The Lenskis, Brenda Lenski getangel10 (at) gmail.com
Utah Saint George The Youngs, Mindy Fabrizio Young mammamindy (at) yahoo.com
Utah Saint George The Freis, Liisa Lowe Frei 435-632-3345, text please
Utah Salt Lake City The Baayds, Jami Kimball Baayd jami337 (at) hotmail.com
Utah Salt Lake City KL Sanders klsanders18 (at) gmail.com
Utah Salt Lake City The Hirschis, Julie Hirschi hirschikisses (at) gmail.com
Utah Salt Lake City The Otterstroms, Crystal Young-Otterstrom crystalmarayoung (at) gmail.com
Utah Salt Lake City The Kramers, Brad Kramer bhkramer (at) umich.edu
Utah Salt Lake City The Otterstroms, Crystal Young-Otterstrom 891.652.0737 (text is best) , crystalmarayoung (at) gmail.com
Utah Sandy The Bakers, Pilar Lopez Baker plbaker23 (at) gmail.com
Utah Sandy The Forbes’, Kellie Jo Robinson Forbes kellie.forbes (at) ifa-coop.com
Utah Saratoga Springs The Petersons, Jena Lowry Peterson authenticjena (at) gmail.com
Utah South Jordan The Tates, Lark Tate tatelark (at) gmail.com
Utah Springville Trihex Ghold batteredmettle (at) gmail.com
Utah Syracuse The Allgood-Moores, Neca Allgood neca (at) mooregoodideas.com
Utah Syracuse The Packs, Ry Ann Pack annpack (at) yahoo.com
Vir Healthsville The Schaefers, Chris Schaefer thepastlane1 (at) gmail.com
Wash Renton The Longs, Rochelle Thompson Long rochelle (at) mystickiwi.com
Wash Seattle & Redmond The Birds, Chystell Hunter Bird steilbird (at) gmail.com

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