SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)- A department responsible for charitable donations from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has granted $25,000 to a group that supports LGTBQ Mormons.
The group, Affirmation: LGBTQ Mormons, Families & Friends, say they work for the “understanding, acceptance, and self-determination of individuals with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions as full, equal, and worthy persons within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”.
In February 2018 leaders with Affirmation met with officials of the LDS Public Affairs Department to request funding for suicide prevention. In April, the LDS Foundations group awarded the group a $25,000 grant, specifically to support these suicide prevention efforts.
“We hope that this LDS Foundation grant to Affirmation will aid in suicide prevention amongst LGBTQ+ Mormons throughout the world and also be an encouragement to LDS members, bishops, young men’s and young women’s presidencies, and others working with Mormon youth to take advantage of these training opportunities with us,” said Carson Tueller, president of Affirmation. “We can’t do this alone. Only by working together can we begin to reach everybody who needs to be reached both in and out of the church.”
To donate to support Affirmation’s suicide prevention work, you can go to our donation portal at https://affirmation.org/donate/ and select “Suicide Prevention” under the “Donation Options.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts, call The Trevor Project on 866-488-7386 or visit their website where you can talk to someone via text or chat.