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
special@library.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

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

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 MaterialsReturn to Top

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

NewslettersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Advent
1995
2 2-9
Affinity
1992-1999
2 10
Affirmation, Chapter at Large
1996
2 11
Affirmation, Arizona Chapter
1993-1998
2 12
Affirmation, Las Vegas Chapter
1996-1998
2 13
Affirmation, Los Angeles Chapter
1994
2 14
Affirmation, Orange County and Long Beach Chapter
1994-1995
2 15
Affirmation, New York City Chapter
1998
2 16
Affirmation, San Diego Chapter
1993-1994
2 17
Affirmation, San Francisco Chapter
1993-1997
2 18-21
Affirmation, Wasatch Chapter
1991-2001
2 22-23
Affirmation, Washington, D.C., Chapter
1993-1998
3 1
Flamingo News
1989
3 2-3
Gamofite News
1995-2000
3 4
Gotham Gazette
1995
3 5
The Great Lakes Beacon
1992
3 6-7
The Open Closet
1994-2000
3 8-10
Reflections
1994-2000
3 11
Reunion: The Family Fellowship Newsletter
1994-2000
3 12
Theocentric
1993-1995

General materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Alan Blodgett, Correspondence
1995
4 2
E-Mail Transcripts
1995
4 3
Affirmation, General Charter and By-Laws
1998
4 4
Affirmation
General Handbook
4 5
Affirmations: A Select Anthology of Writings for Gay and Lesbian Mormons
1985
4 6
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Public Referral Directory
1996
4 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 PublicationsReturn to Top

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

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

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

Organizational MaterialsReturn to Top

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

Group ChaptersReturn to Top

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

ConferencesReturn to Top

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

NewslettersReturn to Top

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

General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 1
Correspondence
Correspondence regarding meetings, revisions of the constitution, and membership.
1983-1985
12 2
Financial Statements
Los Angeles chapter monthly and yearly financial expenditures.
1981-1984
12 3
Affirmation Constitution
Los Angeles chapter constituion which addresses the ogranizations purpose, membership, legislation, by laws, and the appointment or removal of officers.
1984
12 4
Minutes of Meetings
Includes schedules, topics of discussion, and number attended.
1982-1985
12 5
Agenda
Schedules for board meetings.
1984-1985
12 6
Board and Committee Members
Names, addresses, and phone numbers.
1984
12 7
Membership Statement
A tally of members and the number of individuals and organizations that receive Affinity newsletters.
1984
12 8
Official Ballots
Election of five members for the Los Angeles Chapter Board of Directors.
1984
12 9
Officer Meeting Notes
Handwritten administrative notes.
1983
12 10
Affinity Newsletters
Monthly newsletters issued by Affirmation committee members.
2003-2004
12 11
Program
20th Annual International Conference held in Portland, Oregon.
1998
12 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
12 13
Photos
A collection of cropped photos from yearly conferences.
1999-2001
12 14
Affirmation Business Card
12 15
Gay 800
National toll free gay information.
1984
12 16
A Plea to Seek Revelation on Homosexuality and Let Our Light Shine
12 17
Newspaper Clippings
Articles in relationship to homosexuals and the LDS Church.
1984-2003
12 18
Affinity Masters
2004-2005
12 19
Unto All Peoples and Other Publications of The Restoration Church of Jesus Christ
1988-1995
12 20
Affinity Newsletters
2006
12 21
Affinity Newsletters
2007
12 22
Affinity Newsletters
2008
13 1
Affinity Newsletters
2009
13 2
Affinity Newsletters
2010
13 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