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Pride isn’t just a ‘Party’ it’s How you Should Live Daily

June 29, 2014 Comments off

From San Francisco to New York the LGBT community and their friends are celebrating Gay Pride this weekend.

As wonderful as it is, there are so many rural areas of the country where there is no parade,no Pride flags hanging and no support groups rallying for equality. But that doesn’t mean the fight for equality is relegated to the cities.

Every one of us can and should carry the ideals of Pride to every corner of this great country. It’s each individual’s actions that carry those ideals forward. Whether you’re out and proud in small town America, act as a role model to others in the work place, or by just being yourself and changing the hearts and minds of neighbors, family and friends you advance the opportunity for equality.

The parades celebrate how far we have come but it’s up to each of us on a daily basis to continue to build a future for the next generation so they can live their lives without prejudice, without bullying and without fear of losing their jobs.

I’m constantly reminded and motivated by the words of Harvey Milk.

It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.

Now go… Go celebrate Pride in your own way, enjoy how far we’ve come and continue the daily fight for full equality!


Utah Elects First Openly Gay Man To Statewide Office

July 18, 2011 Comments off
Jim Dabakis

Jim Dabakis

Salt Lake City, Utah – BREAKING: Moments ago, Jim Dabakis became the first openly gay man to be elected to a statewide office in Utah. He is also among the first openly gay Democratic State Party Chairs nationwide.

Jim Dabakis, Utah’s new Democratic State Party Chair

Utah has seen two openly-gay Representatives in the State House. It has also seen an openly gay State Senator. But this is the first time an openly-LGBT person has been elected to an office by voters statewide, and it comes just 3 years after Prop 8.

“It’s an honor and a thrill [to be elected Chairman of the State Democratic Party,” says Dabakis.

From the beginning of his campaign 5 months ago, Dabakis made it clear that he did not think his sexual orientation should be an issue in the race.

“I don’t see it as a relevant factor,” he says. “I am here to do a job and do it the best I can whether I’m gay, straight, black, white or purple.”

Jim is the original co-founder of both the Utah Pride Center as well as the political advocacy group Equality Utah, and has built up a large following after his negotiations with the Mormon Church ended with them endorsing Salt Lake City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinances.

via PRIDE in Utah » BREAKING: First Openly Gay Man Elected To Statewide Office In Utah.

Is America Ready for a Utah Mormon Republican Pro-Gay Civil Union Candidate?

July 9, 2011 2 comments
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Jon Huntsman, former Utah Governor and multi-billionaire is not only seeking the Republican nomination for President, but quite possibly, endorsement from the LGBT community.

Just like cavemen, Jon and the Republican party are trying to evolve (well, whenever it’s politically advantageous to do so…).

[Jon]Huntsman has voiced his support for civil unions and other equality measures such as non-discrimination protections for members of the LGBT community. However, he has not gone so far as to endorse full marriage equality and he supported a 2004 measure that added an amendment to the Utah constitution banning same-sex marriages.

“I am where I am on civil unions. Some will like it. Some will not … We have not done an adequate job in terms of equality and fairness where it comes to reciprocal beneficiary rights,” Huntsman told talk-show host Sean Hannity.


As public opinion sways toward supporting pro-LGBT legislation, more and more Republicans are coming out in support of civil unions, non-discrimination laws and a more equal taxing structure, Clarke Cooper, the executive director of the Log Cabin Republicans, said.

via Huntsman seeks support from queer groups | QSaltLake – Utah’s Gay and Lesbian News and Entertainment Magazine.

Is America’s LGBT community ready to throw it’s weight behind a Mormon Republican whose ideals are ‘evolving’? And should we be?

In the Great State of Utah where morality is issued from a small one block section in the center of downtown Salt Lake City, Jon Huntsman was a moderate light at the end of a very dark tunnel for the LGBT community.  He supported fair-mindedness. A virtue often unavailable in an extremist political and religious culture that permeates the local Utah mentality.

As a multi-billionaire Governor in a small state, Huntsman never did enough to advance the human rights of the LGBT community.  He may have provided fair-minded rhetoric when politically advantageous, but he never put those dollars of his to work.  There’s no LGBT Huntsman Center, or Huntsman Act for non-discrimination or marriage equality.  This is a man who clearly had the political and financial clout to change the course of equal rights in this state, yet NEVER put his money where his mouth is…

As you begin forming opinions about candidates for President of this great country.  It’s important to remember that we’re not a democracy. We’re a Republic.  As such, you don’t vote for a man, you vote for a party.  Put your vote and your dollars to a party who represents your rights and the rights of other minorities and second-class citizens.

Unlike Jon Huntsman, most of us can’t afford to be a Republican.  Unless of course, you don’t want equal rights, first class citizenry or the right to employment and housing.  Think about that, before you ‘evolve’…

Gay-Affirming Cathedral of Hope Christian Church to Open in Salt Lake City

April 16, 2011 Comments off
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I was extremely pleased today when I received an email from Marian and Julie (co-Pastors) of the Cathedral of Hope today.  They’ve announced they will be opening a church here in SLC.  The Christian-faith based church is open to all and in the spirit of the UCC accepts people for who they are and the journey they’re on with God.  It’s great to have a truly Christian church that’s loving and accepting of all and following Christ’s example.  Welcome to Utah… I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting ride!

The Cathedral of Hope, the largest Christian congregation that has a primary outreach to the LGBT community in the world, will soon be opening a church in Salt Lake City.

Soon-to-be graduates from the Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., will be moving to Salt Lake City in May to help start the new the church. The Cathedral of Hope is affiliated with the Church of Christ and is one of the most progressive Christian congregations in the world.

The LGBT community is always welcome and no one will pressure gay people to change who they are, said Pastor Julie Watson, who along with her life and business partner, Marian Edmonds, will be heading out the church organization.

“We take the Bible very seriously, but we don’t take it literally,” Watson said.

“So many of the LGBTQ folks I talked to believe the lie that God doesn’t love them,” Watson said. “Some don’t believe they could ever be good enough for God no matter how hard they try. And we want to show them that’s simply not true.”

God loves his children for who they are; gay, straight, bi, or transgender, said Edmonds.

via Gay-affirming Christian church opening in Salt Lake City : QSaltLake – Utah’s Gay and Lesbian News and Entertainment Magazine.

Sunday in SLC

April 10, 2011 Comments off

Jason Chaffetz on sucking Glenn Beck’s Teat

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Utah Mormon Rep. Jason Chaffetz, known for taking stances like removing all illegal aliens, building a border fence, overturning women’s rights (Roe VS Wade), repealing all gun control laws and of course, lobbying against gay marriage (calling on black citizens of Washington DC to vote against the measure) and never missing a photo shoot or interview to propogate his anti-modern family, xenophobic, these colors don’t run has affirmed his admiration of the prince of anti-American values Glenn Beck.  When asked about his ‘dude, if the Prophet would let me be gay, I’d totally do you’ affiliation with Beck, Chaffetz responded:

“I’m honored,” Chaffetz said. “I have the greatest respect for Glenn Beck. I think he’s a true patriot and somebody I admire and enjoy interacting with.”

“He’s passionate and fired up about what he believes in,” Chaffetz said about the syndicated radio host and Fox News personality. “He’s driven by principle, and I think a lot of people are impressed by that — I am. He stands up for what’s right.

via Rep. Jason Chaffetz embraces Glenn Beck | Deseret News.

I’m not sure what terrifies me more, the fact that Chaffetz aligned himself with such an anti-modern family media whore or that he seems to believe that the married three times (because he was busted cheating on each of them) Beck has principles!  And yet the blind sheep voters of Utah continue to elect him….

PRIDE in Utah » Breaking News: Transgender Woman Mocked At Utah DMV, Forced To Scrub Off Makeup

March 26, 2011 1 comment

Folks, I had to read this article three times.  With each read, I felt a wave of different emotion.  First came the shock, then empathy for this transgendered woman who endured this vile behavior , and then the anger.  I don’t know if anger can even really sum it up.  Anger, outrage, disgust well maybe it’s more fury!  How DARE an employee of the State of Utah (or anyone for that matter) treat someone with such behavior as to objectify and dehumanize them. 

It’s sad that this woman has been so humiliated after this incident that she remains anonymous.  I say, don’t give these DMV workers what they want, which is to humiliate you and shame you into not being proud of who you are.  Your human rights have been violated by bigots.  Stand-up, tell your story, better yet- SHOUT out your story and FIGHT for your dignity and humanity.  You are not alone in this state.  There are plenty of us who are here to help you and help you fight for the respect you deserve!

I also want to call out Amber Anderton- you ARE a local hero!  Thank you for standing up and defending this woman.  We need more local heros like you who act on what they see when they see it and call it out for what it is.  Thank you for defending this woman’s human rights!

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Salt Lake City, Utah – Not a highlight of our state. On Thursday this week, a transgender woman entered a local DMV to renew her license only to find half the staff mocking and ridiculing her, including security forcing her to scrub off her makeup and pull her hair back before she could take her photo.

Local hero Amber Anderton

Local resident Amber Anderton watched a horrifying scene play out in front of her this past Thursday at the DMV located at 1095 Motor Ave. (approx. 200 N 1000 W) in Salt Lake City, as a transgender woman sat down at the photo station to renew her license. “When the DMV worker looked at her,” says Amber, “he immediately left and got another employee, whispered in their ear and they both began laughing as they looked back at the woman. They both then went and got security who escorted the woman back to a supervisor’s office. When they came back out the woman was taken to the restroom where she had to scrub off her makeup and pull her hair back before they would let her take her license photo.”

Read the rest of the story at  PRIDE in Utah » Transgender Woman Mocked At Utah DMV, Forced To Scrub Off Makeup.

Contact the National Center for Trans Equality at: 202 903 0112

By the way- The DMV where this happened is at 1095 Motor Ave. (approx. 200 N 1000 W) in Salt Lake City

Office: 801-965-4437
Fax: 801-363-2977
Hours: Monday – Thursday
7:00am to 6:00pm

Also- Contact your government officials and demand they do something about this!