Anne E. Nicoll (left) and Sharon Groves will discuss an HRC report at the Affirmation Conference
HRC’s Religion & Faith Director, Dr. Sharon Groves, and Lesbian Mormon Social Scientist, Dr. Anne E. Nicoll, to Lead Workshop on subject at Affirmation Conference
The Human Rights Campaign’s report “Growing Up LGBT in America,” provides data from more than 10,000 LGBT youth ages 13 – 17 who were surveyed between 2011 and 2012. The data includes findings from 72 Mormon youth who participated in the survey.
A workshop will be presented on the subject at the upcoming Affirmation Conference in Salt Lake City. The survey findings paint a picture of the lives of teenage Mormon LGBT youth including their gender identity, sexual orientation, experiences in the areas of personal well-being, family support, community connection, and the extent of being out and accepted. In addition, the level of support youth report receiving from their families, their schools and their religious community will be presented.
While LGBT Mormon youth are relatively optimistic about their future ambitions including family life, education and work, that optimism plummets when they think about trying to achieve those goals in the towns and cities where they currently live.
Based on the results of this survey, the presenters will engage in a conversation about what the data can teach us about how to engage with Mormon youth and the role Affirmation and other LGBT Mormon-related groups can play as a leader advocating for the voices of LGBT Mormons.
About the Presenters:
Dr. Anne E. Nicoll provides evaluation and research consultation to a wide range of educational and child welfare organizations throughout the United States. She is currently an Associate with the Downs Group L.L.C and directs the secondary analysis of the Human Rights Campaign’s LGBT Youth Survey. Dr. Nicoll was formerly the Director of Quality Management for Casey Family Programs and the Director of the Evaluation Center at the Northwest Institute for Children and Families. Dr. Nicoll held a lecturer appointment at the University of Washington, School of Social Work from 1991 to 2009. She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington and a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. Dr. Nicoll was born and raised in the Ensign 3rd ward in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Dr. Sharon Groves joined HRC in September 2005. She currently directs HRC’s Religion and Faith Program, a program committed to building a world where no one has to choose between who they are, whom they love, and what they believe. She has overseen the creation of numerous new resources, including a weekly preaching resource, a guide to living openly in your place of worship, a bilingual guide A La Familia, and a curriculum on Gender Identity and our Faith Communities among other resources. She has published a number of articles on such topics as religion and marriage equality, the importance of religious advocacy within the LGBT movement and the struggle for equality within world religions. She received her dissertation in English literature in 2000 and is currently working toward a Master’s of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Affirmation is also grateful to the Human Rights Campaign for their sponsorship of the upcoming conference.