In 1965 Southwest Texas clergy Gene Leggett resigned a church position quietly rather than be exposed as homosexual. He left his marriage and began a specialized ministry with LGBT and other marginalized persons.
The question of Gene’s status as an openly gay clergy came before the 1971 session of the Southwest Texas Annual Conference—at Travis Park UMC. A group of gay rights activists came to the session to advocate on Gene’s behalf.
Gene continued to advocate for his rights, along with other gay and lesbian persons, in the church. At the 1972 General Conference—where he was not allowed to speak—he met Rick Huskey. The two of them began forming the network that became Affirmation.