About Us

Affirmation is an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people and our supporters. We are an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization that challenges The United Methodist Church to be inclusive, and radically speaks out against injustice for LGBTQ people around the world. Your tax-deductible donation makes Affirmation possible. Donate securely online or through the mail. Contributors of $35 or more will be considered members of Affirmation (unless they request otherwise) and will receive the newsletter.

Affirmation's Mission Statement: As an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people, Affirmation radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the Church as we journey with the Spirit in creating God's beloved community. (Adopted January 2005)

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Meet Your Affirmation Leadership

Biographical information about our leadership.

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Work for Love & Justice in The United Methodist Church

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A Brief History of Affirmation

Post Stonewall stirring

Gene LeggettA handful of openly gay men, including Gene Leggett and Rick Huskey, offered 1972 General Conference delegates and visitors the opportunity for conversation about homosexuality. Few responded positively. Instead, in the waning hours of the conference, sleepy delegates amended recommended paragraph in the new Social Principles to hold, "We do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice to be incompatible with Christian teaching."1

In July 1975, the United Methodist Gay Caucus organized in Evanston, Illinios. Later renamed Gay United Methodists (GUM) formed to insist that our lives and loving are gifts of God, not rebellion against the divine will. About a year after making a powerful presence at the 1976 General Conference, GUM became Affirmation. In preparation for what we feared would be a decades-long struggle, Affirmation hired Peggy Harmon and Michael Collins to lay a foundation of education, organizing and empowerment across the church.

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