Founder & Co-Chair

Founding member Valerie Nicole Green is a transgender woman who is active in her ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Missouri. Before transitioning, she was married for 34 years and is now widowed. She is the father to five children and grandfather to six grandchildren. After five decades of waiting, she has been fully socially transitioned since January 1, 2019.


Founder & Co-Chair

Founding member John Gustav-Wrathall is a published scholar and teacher in the fields of LGBTQ history and American religion and a former president and executive director of Affirmation. He is active in the Lake Nokomis Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his husband of almost three decades are parents of a gay foster son and live in south Minneapolis.


Founder & Co-Chair

Erika is a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a descendent of Mormon pioneers. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard College where she met her husband Shipley; together they have raised their five children in the northeast United States and Europe. In 2012 she co-founded Mormons Building Bridges. Now living in Sandy, Utah, she is an English teacher and Library Chair at the Waterford School.


Board Member

Carson graduated with a B.A. in English from Northwest University, and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. In July 1996, in Kearns, Utah, he joined the Church. Currently, he serves on the JustServe Committee in the Sunset Ward, and in the Stake Self-Reliance Committee. Carson works in admissions at an independent school, and lives with his partner, in San Francisco, California.


Board Member

Diane is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She graduated from B.Y.U. and received her law degree from Stanford Law School. Diane currently lives in the Castro District of San Francisco, with her husband, Alberto, and is a Partner at a national law firm. She serves in the San Francisco Sunset Ward as a ward missionary.

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