Collection Info

Affirmation (Gay and Lesbian Mormons)

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National and some local chapters of Affirmation (Gay and Lesbian Mormons) have donated approximately 30 cubic feet of material to the One Institute (Los Angeles, CA).

Hist/Bio Note

Affirmation is an organization of individuals situated all over the sexual mosaic who celebrate being part of the great Mormon tradition. We are a family that consists of active members of the LDS faith, former members and non-members. Affirmation grew out of the informal groups of gay Mormon men who met secretly in the 1960s and early 1970s. In mid-1977, a group of gay Mormons including Matthew Price determined to form a national organization of gay Latter Day Saints. Price drew up a constitution and chose the name 'Affirmation - Gay Mormons United.' Affirmation survived in the person of Matt Price until January 1978, when he was joined by Paul Mortensen. Mortenesen formed the Los Angeles chapter that soon became aleading force, sparking other chapters around the country. In 1979, Affirmation 'came out,' marching in a Gay pride parade in Los Angeles and the 'March on Washington for Gay Rights.' In December 1979, groups around the country met in Salt Lake City, drew up a new charter, renamed the newsletter, 'Affinity.' Affirmation has met each year in general conference since that time. For more information about its history since its origination, see the Affirmation website at the following web address.

Finding Aid

A finding aid will be available when the collection is processed.


One Institute partners with the University of Southern California Libraries to process collections. Affirmation material at the One Institute (Los Angeles, CA) is not processed and cataloged. Finding aids for processed and cataloged collections of the ONE Institute are found through the Online Archives of California

Index Terms

Affirmation (Gay and Lesbian Mormons)Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day SaintsGay liberation movement -- Religious aspects