Affirmation Conference to Feature Key Issues, Well-Known Presenters
Millie and Gary Watts
Gary and Millie Watts, Michael Quinn, and Bill, Joyce, and Colleen are among the presenters to be featured Saturday morning during the 2008 Affirmation Conference to be held in Los Angeles.
Always a popular speaker and a "Dad and Mom" of Affirmation, Gary and Millie Watts will talk about the state of Family Fellowship. What it is like to be openly supportive of their gay children, and indeed, supportive of all gay people living in Provo, UT, the most politically conservative area in the United States?
Renowned Mormon historian D. Michael Quinn will give a presentation entitled, "A Mormon Memory Walk Down Gay-Lesbian Lane." George Cole, a Affirmation Young Adults leader, will present his topic, "A Choice Generation: Understanding the Outlooks and Needs of Young Queer Mormons." Rod Kempton, a coach and success strategist, will discuss the process by which people make decisions.
When Bill and Joyce, an active Mormon couple, were confronted with the reality that their married daughter is a lesbian who has had enough and is coming out, they had to reevaluate the role of the church in their lives. It is hard to walk away from a religion that you love, but when you love your daughter more, the decision is clear.
Other speakers include longtime Affirmation member John Giardina and former Evergreen member and leader Russ Gorringe.