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Mormons offering safe family Christmas parties for young LGBT people

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If you are an LGBTQ youth or young adult in search of a safe and affirming place to enjoy Christmas, some members of Mormons Building Bridges are reaching out to welcome you.

If you are uncertain or shy, organizer Berta Marquez will reach out to the families on your behalf to make introductions. Email her at frufruwawa <at> gmail.com. All confidences will be honored, she said.

Marquez is with several organizations that work at the intersection of Mormonism and the LGBT community, including Mormons for Marriage, Affirmation, Mormons Building Bridges, the Dragon Moms, Out in Zion, Utah LGBTQ Stories and LDS Walk With You. She has collaborated with Equality Utah and the ACLU on social justice work specific to LGBT rights and is working with Operation Shine America which works with and advocates for homeless youth, which is perhaps her greatest passion. She and her wife live in Springville, Utah.

The families, by city, can be contacted below:

STATECITYFAMILYCONTACT
AlbertaCalgary, AB, CanThe Cartwrights, Amy Isaksen Cartwrightamy.isaksen (at) gmail.com
ArizChandlerThe Montgomerys, Wendy Williams Montgomerywendybird75 (at) aol.com
ArizGilbertThe Werners, Erika Martinez Wernererika.bbwerner (at) gmail.com
ArizMesaThe Johnsons, Vicky Wimmer Johnson602.697.7976 , text please
ArizMesaThe Jacksons, Becky Bodine Jacksonjacksonfinancial (at) live.com
ArizMesaThe Barnhart, Marianne Barnhartmab541 (at) aol.com
ArizPhoenixThe Curtis’, Emily Clyde Curtisclydecurtis (at) gmail.com
ArizSan Tan ValleyThe Lenskis, Brenda Lenskigetangel10 (at) gmail.com
ArizScottsdaleThe Cross’, Stefanie Ann Crossstefaniecross2 (at) gmail.com
ArizTucsonThe Melbys, Guenevere Nelson-Melbynelsonmelby (at) yahoo.com
CalifAntelopeSara Jean916.217.0582, text please
CalifCarlsbadThe Pulsipher, Linda Hardy Pulpsipherpulsipher.linda (at) yahoo.com
CalifCulver CityThe Barham, Laurel Heninger Barhamshloral (at) gmail.com
CalifLincolnThe Rogers, Tamie Crane Rogerstamraloo (at) hotmail.com
CalifOakleyThe Swensons, Julie Welsh Sensonmathjulie (at) yahoo.com
CalifPerrisThe Rodriguez’, Beatrice Rodriguezbgaecia69 (at) gmail.com
CalifSan FranciscoThe Berryessas, Guy Berryessaguyberr (at) gmail.com
CalifSanDiegoThe Farr-Knickerbockers, Amanda Farr-Knickerbockersafarr04 (at) gmail.com
CalifSanta BarbaraThe Nebekers, Joanna Shaw Nebekerjoscrapbookqueen (at) yahoo.com
CalifTemeculaThe Campos’, Cassy Taylor Camposmokilehua (at) verizon.net
ColoDenverThe Oviatts, Melissa Oviattmjoviatt (at) gmail.com
ColoDenverThe Sniders, Susan Van Patten Snidersusanvsnider (at) gmail.com
ConnRigfield/NYCThe Hawkers, Audrey Fanning Hawkeraudrey.hawker (at) gmail.com
IdahoAmerican FallsThe Wards, Emily Pugh Wardwardemi2 (at) isu.edu
IdahoBoiseThe Cottles, Christy Cottlechristycottle (at) gmail.com
IdahoBoiseThe Lindsays, Kristen Talmage Lindsaylindsay (at) gmail.com
IdahoBoise & NampaThe Walkers, Brittany Ursenbach Walkermrswalker091606 (at) gmail.com
IdahoRexburgThe Wrights, Chris Wrightfilmscore_guy (at) sbcglobal.net
IdahoBurleyThe Pincocks, Camille Judd Pincockcamillep 1977 (at) gmail.com
IdahoRexburg/Idaho FallsThe Burkes, Madison Burkemadisonburke11 (at) gmail.com
England/UKLondon, EngThe Reynolds, Wendy Reynoldswattsup70 (at) hotmail.com
FlaLeesburgThe Hulets, David Huletdhulet (at) gmail.com
MassBostonThe Mooneys, Danielle Kristine Mooney617.276.7253, text please
MassBostonThe Jones’, David Jonesdklinejones (at) yahoo.com
NevLas VegasThe Stephens, Anita Stephensalstephens3 (at) cox.net
NJKenilworthMary Hargroveluckycharmer010 (at) gmail.com
NMLas CrucesThe Bensons, Diane Holindake Bensondianeemma (at) gmail.com
NYRochesterThe Goettlers, Bobbie Givens Goettlerbobbieanne (at) gmail.com
NCConcordThe Kistlers, Brandy Lynn Kistlersuperkza (at) yahoo.com
OrePortlandThe Pearsons, Jennifer Wilkins Pearsonjenn_wilkins (at) hotmail.com
OrePortlandThe Johnsons, Betty Johnsonbwjohnson49 (at) yahoo.com
PennPittsburgThe Kellers, Rachel Deere Kellerrachellkeller (at) gmail.com
TennChristianaThe Bohlings, Laura Bohlinglaura.bohling (at) gmail.com
TennNashvilleThe Sullivans, Emily Runyan Sullivan1emilysullivan (at) gmail.com
TexasAllenThe Haws, Julienna Viegaviegashaws (at) gmail.com
TexasAubreyThe Chatwins, Erin Clement Chatwinalways_erin7 (at) yahoo.com
TexasHeathThe Downings, Lisa Torcasso Downingdowninglt (at) aol.com
UtahBluffdaleThe Leavitts, Sean Leavitttanis666 (at) gmail.com
UtahBountifulThe Gentrys, Anna Corinne Gentryannacorinnegentry (at) gmail.com
UtahCottonwood HeightsThe Harrisons, Peter Harrisonpeterf.harrison (at) gmail.com
UtahFarmingtonThe Fox family, Rebecca Foxbecafox (at) hotmail.com
UtahFarmington.SLCThe Boulters, Sara Boultersaraboulter (at) gmail.com
UtahHighlandThe Zobells, Yvette Barrus Zobellyvettepz (at) yahoo.com
UtahHolladayThe Bells, Brian Kelly Bellbel06025 (at) gmail.com
UtahIvinsThe Ertels, Susan Ertelyodaertel (at) gmail.com
UtahKaysvilleThe Newmans, Shana Newmanssnewman2 (at) msn.com
UtahKearnsThe Oviatts, Sarah Guild Oviattsarahoviatt (at) gmail.com
UtahLaytonCheryl Nunncheryl.nunn (at) gmail.com
UtahLehiThe Lindseys, Alisa Davis Lindseyalindseyjjc (at) gmail.com
UtahMapletonThe Drapers, Roni Jo Draperroni.jo.draper (at) gmail.com
UtahMidvaleThe Welchs, Jon Welchjoncwelch (at) att.net
UtahNorth OgdenThe Evans, Jen Evansscjeevans (at) gmail.com
UtahOgdenThe Barnums, Jacy Morgan Barnumtwingogirl (at) yahoo.com
UtahOremThe Bergins, Sue Berginsue (at) suebergin.com
UtahPark CityThe Mikesells, Susan Mikesellshoshannahtikvah (at) gmail.com
UtahProvoThe Kellys, Jim and Donna Kellyhappyvalleykellys (at) hotmail.com
UtahProvoThe Valentines, Abby Valentinegoingfullhippie (at) gmail.com
UtahSaint GeorgeThe Lenskis, Brenda Lenskigetangel10 (at) gmail.com
UtahSaint GeorgeThe Youngs, Mindy Fabrizio Youngmammamindy (at) yahoo.com
UtahSaint GeorgeThe Freis, Liisa Lowe Frei435-632-3345, text please
UtahSalt Lake CityThe Baayds, Jami Kimball Baaydjami337 (at) hotmail.com
UtahSalt Lake CityKL Sandersklsanders18 (at) gmail.com
UtahSalt Lake CityThe Hirschis, Julie Hirschihirschikisses (at) gmail.com
UtahSalt Lake CityThe Otterstroms, Crystal Young-Otterstromcrystalmarayoung (at) gmail.com
UtahSalt Lake CityThe Kramers, Brad Kramerbhkramer (at) umich.edu
UtahSalt Lake CityThe Otterstroms, Crystal Young-Otterstrom891.652.0737 (text is best) , crystalmarayoung (at) gmail.com
UtahSandyThe Bakers, Pilar Lopez Bakerplbaker23 (at) gmail.com
UtahSandyThe Forbes’, Kellie Jo Robinson Forbeskellie.forbes (at) ifa-coop.com
UtahSaratoga SpringsThe Petersons, Jena Lowry Petersonauthenticjena (at) gmail.com
UtahSouth JordanThe Tates, Lark Tatetatelark (at) gmail.com
UtahSpringvilleTrihex Gholdbatteredmettle (at) gmail.com
UtahSyracuseThe Allgood-Moores, Neca Allgoodneca (at) mooregoodideas.com
UtahSyracuseThe Packs, Ry Ann Packannpack (at) yahoo.com
VirHealthsvilleThe Schaefers, Chris Schaeferthepastlane1 (at) gmail.com
WashRentonThe Longs, Rochelle Thompson Longrochelle (at) mystickiwi.com
WashSeattle & RedmondThe Birds, Chystell Hunter Birdsteilbird (at) gmail.com

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