177: President and SVP of Affirmations Discuss Reversal of LGBTQIA Policy

Affirmation.org  President,  Nathan Kitchen, and Senior Vice President,  Laurie Lee Hall, join Natasha on this episode of Mormon Mental Health to discuss the impact of the reversal of the “exclusion policy”.

They focus on the approach that Affirmations uses:

  • Name what is hurting you and what is wounding you
  • Feel safe to name your beliefs or non beliefs
  • Do so in a supportive and civil way
  • Does your community allow for you to be happy right now

Nathan is a father of 5, dentist in Arizona, engaged to his fiancé.

Laurie Lee is a previous bishop and stake president which ended when the brethren found out she was transgender. She is an architect with a private practice in Salt lake City and Tennessee.

Several things were referenced in the podcast including:

John Bonner’s essay on the policy and what the church could have said

Affirmations Reaction to the policy

Stories and Reactions of the November 2015 Policy Reversal

Local Chapters of Affirmations

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Natasha Helfer Parker runs an online practice, Symmetry Solutions and writes at The Mormon Therapist for Patheos: Hosting the Conversation of Faith. She also hosts the popular podcasts, Mormon Mental Health & Mormon Sex Info and creates the sex educational resource, Sex Talk with Natasha.


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