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I can’t wait to see new and old friends and experience what I only feel when I am with my LGBT brothers and sisters
by Trevor Cook
It can be hard to be gay and Mormon. Like many others, I went through and continue to go through lengthy processes of understanding myself, understanding my spirituality, and figuring out and being comfortable with where I stand in life.
Sometimes I feel further ahead than at other times. Sometimes I feel like I’m regressing a bit or even having to repeat variations on the same frustrating experiences. Wherever I am in my journey at any given point, the one thing that most helps me progress and find greater happiness and peace has been my association with other gay Mormons.
My contact with other gay Mormons began through reading blogs (surprise) and books like Brent Kirby’s Gay Mormons? Reading and relating to their stories was cathartic and inspiring, but it was nerve-wracking to attend a conference for Mormon LGBT and allies for the first time and then to seek real-life friendships with other gay Mormons near my home in Arizona. However, I discovered that, even if we disagreed about some things, these new friends were almost universally supportive of me and each other in our different choices and experiences.
Especially after living for a year in Shenyang, China, where (out) gay people and Mormons are extremely rare, I am excited for the upcoming Affirmation conference! I can’t wait to see new and old friends and experience that unique feeling of coming home that I only feel when I am with my LGBT brothers and sisters.
If you are LGBT or an ally with a connection to Mormonism–regardless of how active you are or even whether you consider yourself “Mormon”–I hope to see you in September!