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John Gustav-Wrathall is Executive Director of Affirmation: LGBT Mormons, Families & Friends. Though excommunicated from the LDS Church, John has a testimony, and has been active in his south Minneapolis ward since 2005.

John became an activist for greater understanding of LGBT people at the University of Minnesota in the late 1980s, and was instrumental in the establishment of one of the first university-based LGBT programs offices in the U.S. For three years he was a member of the Board of Lutherans Concerned Twin Cities (now Reconciling Works), coordinating their “Reconciled in Christ” project for the state of Minnesota, helping to build a movement of LGBT-friendly Lutheran congregations. He pioneered the establishment of an inter-faith LGBT ministry at the University of Minnesota. Over the years he has spoken in churches and community forums, on university campuses and in religious assemblies and conferences (including at the Sunstone Symposium and at Affirmation conferences) about the issues affecting LGBT people in communities of faith. He is the author of Take the Young Stranger by the Hand: Same-Sex Dynamics and the Young Men's Christian Association (University of Chicago Press, 1998). He has also published numerous articles in Sunstone and Dialogue on being gay and Mormon, and is the author of the Young Stranger blog. He was actively involved as a volunteer, trainer, and faith community leader in the campaign that successfully defeated Minnesota's Amendment 1, which would have constitutionally banned same-sex marriage in his home state. He organized Minnesota Mormons United for All Families, and the “Mormon Allies” contingent of the Twin Cities Pride parade in 2012 and 2013.

John served as the Minnesota contact for Affirmation starting in the fall of 2005, spoke at Affirmation conferences in 2006 and 2011, and was part of the conference planning committee for the 2012 Affirmation conference in Seattle. He served as Senior Vice President of Affirmation, 2013-2014, served on the Affirmation Board in 2015, and then served as President of Affirmation in 2016 and the first half of 2017, during the tumultuous months following the promulgation of the November 2015 LDS policy on gay families. In June of that year, he resigned as president in order to apply for the position of Executive Director, and has been working in that role since August 2017.

He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his husband of over twenty-five years, to whom he was legally married in Riverside, California in July 2008.

John Gustav-Wrathall

Diretor Executivo

John tem sido um ativista para a maior compreensão das pessoas LGBT desde os anos 80, focando especificamente nas comunidades de fé LGBT. John serviu como o contato de Minnesota para Afirmação a partir de 2005, e falou nas conferências da Afirmação, atuou como Vice-Presidente Sênior, atuou no Conselho de Afirmação e então atuou como Presidente da Afirmação antes de ser contratado como Diretor Executivo em agosto de 2017.

Joel McDonald

Gerente de Conteúdo Online em Inglês

Joel traz para a Afirmação um histórico impressionante em web design, web e gerenciamento de mídia social, e com significativa experiência organizacional e experiência de angariação de fundos ao seu dispor. Joel é um membro do conselho de longa data dos Democratas LGBT da Virgínia, um membro eleito e vice-presidente do Conselho Escolar da Cidade da Virginia Beach, e continua a operar uma pequena empresa de serviços da Web.

David Mans

Gerente de Conteúdo Online  Espanhol

David tem um ambiente empresarial, executando muitas pequenas empresas, estudando gerenciamento de negócios e trabalhando como freelancer, oferecendo serviços de programação e desenvolvimento web. Ele descobriu que o trabalho por trás de um computador era útil quando ele se transicionou.

Luiz Correa

Gerente de Conteúdo Online Português

Luiz tornou-se membro da Afirmação em 2015 após o lançamento da Política de novembro de 2015. Atualmente é vice-presidente da Afirmação do Brasil. Ele é membro da igreja há 32 anos, serviu uma missão no Brasil Brasilia, casou-se no templo de São Paulo e tem duas filhas.

2019 Affirmation International Conference

There’s still time to register for the 2019 Affirmation International Conference being held June 21-23 in Provo, Utah. You won’t want to miss the incredible speakers and workshops we have planned for you this year. Plus we still have special rates for couples and families!

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