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Mormons offering safe family Christmas parties for young LGBT people

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> 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:

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



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