Affirmation: the Gay and Lesbian Mormons collection, 1977-2010  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons
Title
Affirmation: the Gay and Lesbian Mormons collection
Dates
1977-2010 (inclusive)
Quantity
6.75 linear feet
Collection Number
Accn1867
Summary
Affirmation: the Gay and Lesbian Mormons collection contains correspondence, conference materials, flyers, programs, brochures, newsletters, and news clippings, most dealing with the Affirmation organization. Affirmation is a non-profit organization formed in 1977 and serves members of the LDS Church by holding conferences, workshops, programs, and publishing newsletters all over the United States. Other organizations represented in the collection include the Gamofites (Gay Mormon Fathers) and the Family Fellowship Organization.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Affirmation organization (formed in 1977) Is a non-profit that serves Gay and Lesbian members and former members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) by holding conferences, workshops, programs, and publishing a number of newsletters all over the United States.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons collection (1977-2004) contains correspondence, conference materials, flyers, programs, brochures, newsletters, and news clippings. Most of the collection primarily deals with Affirmation, as well as the Gamofites (derived from Gay Mormon Fathers) and the Family Fellowship Organization.

The first addendum (1985-2000) contains correspondence, transcripts of e-mail messages, a petition, a handbook, by-laws, newsletters, articles, essays, and other publications regarding the Affirmation organization. This information pertains to boxes 4-5 of the collection.

The second addendum (1977-2000) contains correspondence, financial and organizational materials, newsletters, and other documents pertaining to the Gay and Lesbian Mormons. This information pertains to boxes 6-11 of the collection.

The third addendum (1978-2004) contains correspondence, financial statements, minutes of meetings, pamphlets, and membership statements. These documents are in relationship to the Los Angeles Chapter of Affirmation and are found in box 12.

The fourth addendum (2006-2010) contains copies of Affinity, a monthly Affirmation newsletter. These materials are found in box 12 folders 20-21 and in box 13.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Affirmation: the Gay and Lesbian Mormons collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Affirmation: the Gay and Lesbian Mormons collection, Accn 1867, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 1867.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General Materials, 1994-2001Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description Dates
box
1
Folder
1
Correspondence
1994-2001
2
Affirmation, Organization Information, History, and Conference Materials
1995-1998
3
"Different Dimensions of Gay Fatherhood"
1999
4
Family Fellowship, Pamphlets and Flyers
5
Flyers
1998
6
Programs and Brochures
1996-1997
7
Newsclippings

Newsletters, 1991-2001Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
Folder
1
Advent
1995
2-9
Affinity
1992-1999
10
Affirmation, Chapter at Large
1996
11
Affirmation, Arizona Chapter
1993-1998
12
Affirmation, Las Vegas Chapter
1996-1998
13
Affirmation, Los Angeles Chapter
1994
14
Affirmation, Orange County and Long Beach Chapter
1994-1995
15
Affirmation, New York City Chapter
1998
16
Affirmation, San Diego Chapter
1993-1994
17
Affirmation, San Francisco Chapter
1993-1997
18-21
Affirmation, Wasatch Chapter
1991-2001
22-23
Affirmation, Washington, D.C., Chapter
1993-1998

Newsletters, 1989-2000Return to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description Dates
box
3
Folder
1
Flamingo News
1989
2-3
Gamofite News
1995-2000
4
Gotham Gazette
1995
5
The Great Lakes Beacon
1992
6-7
The Open Closet
1994-2000
8-10
Reflections
1994-2000
11
Reunion: The Family Fellowship Newsletter
1994-2000
12
Theocentric
1993-1995

General materials, 1985-1998Return to Top

Container(s): Box 4

Container(s) Description Dates
box
4
Folder
1
Alan Blodgett, Correspondence
1995
2
E-Mail Transcripts
1995
3
Affirmation, General Charter and By-Laws
1998
4
Affirmation
General Handbook
5
Affirmations: A Select Anthology of Writings for Gay and Lesbian Mormons
1985
6
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Public Referral Directory
1996
7
Petition
This folder contains a petition to the general authorities of the LDS Church from gay and lesbian Mormons, their parents, and other family members and friends regarding church policies.

Various Publications, 1985-2000Return to Top

Container(s): Box 5

Container(s) Description Dates
box
5
Folder
1
Kathleen Baoatwright, "The Dilemma of the Lesbian/Gay Family"
2
"Decisions of the Soul,"
1995
3
Cloy Jenkins, Prologue: An Examination of the Mormon Attitude towards Homosexuality
1989
4
Jeffrey R. Jensen, "Fabricating Then Treating a Mental Illness: A Critique of the So-Called 'Reparative Therapies,'" Outline
1998
5-8
James Kent, "Philly News," Volumes 2-5
1994-1998
9
Alan David Lach, Homosexuality and Scripture
1988-1989
10
Mac Madsen, "The Pernicious Nature of Homophobia"
11
New Direction
12
Robert A. Rees, "In a Dark Time the Eye Begins to See,"
2000
13
Walter Lee Szymanski, "Ministry with the Lesbian/Gay Community"

Correspondence, 1981-1999Return to Top

Container(s): Box 6

Container(s) Description Dates
box
6
Folder
1
Affinity
1995-1996
2
Cornerstone
1996-1998
3
Dialogue
1981-1982
4
General Correspondence
1995-1998
5
Q-Saints
1995-1996
6
Email Reponses
1996-1997
7
Renewal Forms
8-9
Addresses
1995-1999

Financial Documents, 1995-1998Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7

Organizational Materials, 1977-1998Return to Top

Container(s): Box 8

Container(s) Description Dates
box
8
Folder
1
By-Laws
1985-1992
2
Constitution
3
General Handbook
4
Meeting Minutes and Literature
1985-1986
5
General Council
1985-1986
6
Subcommittee on Homosexuality
1981
7
Affirmation History
1977-1981
8
Homosexual Orientation
1981
9
Public Relations and Education
1987-1990
10
H.E.L.P. (Homsexual Education for Latter-day Saint Parents)
1984-1986
11
Business Cards
12
Forms
13-14
Leadership
1997-1998
15
Chapter-at-large
1986
16
New Inquiries
1985
17
Affirmation Lists
1995-1997
18
Literature
1980-1988
19
Newsclipping and Articles
1978-1998

Group Chapters, 1979-1998Return to Top

Container(s): Box 9

Container(s) Description Dates
box
9
Folder
1
Arizona Chapter
1986-1987
2
Colorado Chapter
1996
3-4
Gamofites
1995-1996
5
Las Vegas Chapter
1998
6
Los Angeles Chapter
1986-1995
7
New York Chapter
1986
8
Northwest Gamofites
1998
9
San Diego Chapter
1986-1987
10
San Francisco Chapter
1983-1987
11
San Francisco Gamofites
1994-1998
12
Utah Gamofites, 1992-1998
13
Wasatch Affirmation
1986-2000
14
Sunstone
1984-1985
15
Black Mountain Campground
1985
16
Family Home Evening Topics
17
Luncheon
1998
18
Palm Springs
1979-1985
19
"Reno Bugle"
1989
20
Miscellaneous Documents
1988

Conferences, 1986-1999Return to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Container(s) Description Dates
box
10
Folder
1
National Conference
1986-1997
2
National Affirmation Conference
1994-1995
3
General Conference
1988
4
Seattle Conference
1994-1997
5
Palm Springs Conference
1995-1997
6
Leadership Conference
1997
7
Affirmation Conference
1998
8-9
Conference
1998
10
Phoenix Conference
1998
11
"Everything's Coming up Roses," Gamofite Retreat
1999

Newsletters, 1981-2000Return to Top

Container(s): Box 11

Container(s) Description Dates
box
11
Folder
1-8
"Affinity"
1981-1998
9
"Affirmation"
1995-2000
10
"Flamingo"
1988
11
"Gamofite News"
1998
12
"Gotham Gazette"
1995
13
"New Direction"
Numbers 1-10
14
"The Open Closet"
1997
15
"Reflections"
1995-1997
16
"Reunion"
1997-1999
17
"Wasatch Affirmation"
1997

General Materials, 1978-2008Return to Top

Container(s): Box 12

Container(s) Description Dates
box
12
Folder
1
Correspondence
Correspondence regarding meetings, revisions of the constitution, and membership.
1983-1985
2
Financial Statements
Los Angeles chapter monthly and yearly financial expenditures.
1981-1984
3
Affirmation Constitution
Los Angeles chapter constituion which addresses the ogranizations purpose, membership, legislation, by laws, and the appointment or removal of officers.
1984
4
Minutes of Meetings
Includes schedules, topics of discussion, and number attended.
1982-1985
5
Agenda
Schedules for board meetings.
1984-1985
6
Board and Committee Members
Names, addresses, and phone numbers.
1984
7
Membership Statement
A tally of members and the number of individuals and organizations that receive Affinity newsletters.
1984
8
Official Ballots
Election of five members for the Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors.
1984
9
Officer Meeting Notes
Handwritten administrative notes.
1983
10
Affinity Newsletters
Monthly newsletters issued by Affirmation committee members.
2003-2004
11
Program
20th Annual International Conference held in Portland, Oregon.
1998
12
Pamphlets
Affirmation issued pamphlets that discuss Mormon attitudes towards homosexuality and excommunication. Folder also contains an anthology of writings by gay and lesbian Mormons.
1978-1985
13
Photos
A collection of cropped photos from yearly conferences.
1999-2001
14
Affirmation Business Card
15
Gay 800
National toll free gay information.
1984
16
A Plea to Seek Revelation on Homosexuality and Let Our Light Shine
17
Newspaper Clippings
Articles in relationship to homosexuals and the LDS Church.
1984-2003
18
Affinity Masters
2004-2005
19
Unto All Peoples and Other Publications of The Restoration Church of Jesus Christ
1988-1995
20
Affinity Newsletters
2006
21
Affinity Newsletters
2008

General Materials, 1980-2010Return to Top

Container(s): Box 13

Container(s) Description Dates
box
13
Folder
1
Affinity Newsletters
2009
2
Affinity Newsletters
2010
3
Affinity: The First 22 Years
1980-2002

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Mormon Church
  • Mormon gays
  • Corporate Names :
  • Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons--Archives
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Newsletters
  • Programs