Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in , | 0 comments

My name is Natalie. Though definitions are not my thing–you can call me a Feminist Ally for the Ordain Women movement. I was raised Mormon in the sleepy mountain town of Heber City, UT. There I was just the cowgirl you might expect–today, I am a vegan, ecofeminist, indie bookstore employee and full time student studying gender, sexuality and the oppression/marginalization that often shadows these elements of the human experience.

Though I have grown apart from the religion, I continue to honor my long lineage of Latter-Day Saints and will forever value and celebrate that culture. Having been on a tumultuous journey with my faith, I respect and understand those who are questioning, feeling hurt, overwhelmed and confused. I try my best to be a listener and support system in those times of need.

I am steeped in the Utah Feminist community working to revitalize our very own chapter of the National Organization for Women, as well as working closely with Utah’s vibrant, buoyant, and resilient LGBTQ+ populations.

I know that Utah–and the Mormon culture that radiates from this place–can do better in being inclusive, welcoming, and illuminating in its current and future members’ worlds.

I am an honored ally for the Ordain Women movement and will continue pushing until women are fully recognized and ordained by this religious community of people they belong to, and love to serve.

I believe women should be ordained.