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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

Director Ejecutivo

John ha sido un activista para la mayor comprensión de las personas LGBT desde la década de 1980, centrándose específicamente en las comunidades de fe LGBT. John sirvió como contacto de Minnesota para Afirmación a partir de 2005, y ha hablado en conferencias de Afirmación, se ha desempeñado como Vicepresidente Senior, sirvió en la Junta de Afirmación y luego sirvió como Presidente de Afirmación antes de ser contratado como Director Ejecutivo en agosto de 2017.

Joel McDonald

Manager de contenido online en inglés

Joel aporta a Afirmación una experiencia impresionante en el diseño web, la web y la administración de redes sociales, y cuenta con una importante experiencia de organización y recaudación de fondos en su haber. Joel es un antiguo miembro de la junta de Demócratas LGBT de Virginia, miembro electo y vicepresidente de la Junta Escolar de la Ciudad de Virginia Beach, y continúa operando una pequeña empresa de servicios web.

David Mans

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David tiene una formación empresarial, ha manejado muchas pequeñas empresas, estudia administración de empresas y trabaja como profesional independiente brindando servicios de programación y desarrollo web. Descubrió que trabajar desde detrás de una computadora era útil mientras hacía la transición.

Luiz Correa

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Luiz se convirtió en miembro de Afirmación en 2015 luego del lanzamiento de la Política de noviembre de 2015. Actualmente es el Vicepresidente de Afirmación Brasil. Ha sido miembro de la Iglesia durante 32 años, prestó servicio en una misión de Brasil en Brasilia, se casó en el templo de São Paulo y tiene dos hijas.