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!
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.
- Jim Dabakis, Gay Man, Elected To Head Utah’s Democratic Party (lezgetreal.com)
- Utah’s Closeted Workers…Turning the Gay Rights Clock back 20 Years (releasedorothy.wordpress.com)
- UT-2012 President: 63% Romney (R), 31% Obama (D) (PPP 7/8-10) (huffingtonpost.com)
- Jackie Biskupski, Utah’s Last Openly Gay Lawmaker, Resigns (towleroad.com)
- Rep. Jackie Biskupski to voluntarily resign from Utah House ()
- First lady Michelle Obama may be coming to Utah ()
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.
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’…
- Former Utah Governor Huntsman Gets into 2012 GOP Race, Says He ‘Would Respect’ NY Marriage Equality Passage: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Huntsman’s Gay-Rights Shakeup (thedailybeast.com)
- GOP Candidate Gets Second Dose Of Bad News On Home Turf (huffingtonpost.com)
- Working to build bridges in Utah after N.Y. Legalizes Gay marriage ()
- GOP Candidate Jon Huntsman Does Not Support Marriage Equality (lezgetreal.com)
- Huntsman Joins GOP Crowd of White House Wannabees (bilerico.com)
- Fox News’ Obsessed “Gay Indoctrination” (therainbowpost.com)
- Sean Hannity Asks Jon Huntsman if His Support for Gay Civil Unions is ‘Conservative’ Enough: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- A Religious Double-Standard for Mormons (atheistrev.com)
- Can a Mormon ex-Obama Appointee Who Kind of Likes Gays Win the GOP Presidential Nomination? (queerty.com)
- Why Huntsman Is Different (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)
- In Utah, a Lukewarm Homecoming for Huntsman (swampland.time.com)
- Huntsman, Romney both say they’d be competitive in earlier Utah primary ()
- Utah Grumbles: Huntsman Isn’t Mormon-y Enough (newser.com)
- Jon Huntsman; Republicans Best Choice In 2012 (fidlerten.com)
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.
Sunday Funnies at Mo’s Neighborhood Grill. Local comedians, no cover. 9pm Salt Lake City, UT
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.
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….
- CNN’s Eliot Spitzer To Rep. Jason Chaffetz: ‘You Are Balancing The Budget On The Backs Of The Poor’ (mediaite.com)
- Utah’s Republican governor under fire over immigration (reuters.com)
- Glenn Beck’s Brain (the1955hudson.com)
- Glenn Beck Parody Highlights: The 11/3 Project, Cartman & the GlennPocalypse (buddytv.com)
- Gary Herbert Faces Backlash In Wake Of Signing Sweeping Immigration Reforms Into Law (huffingtonpost.com)
- Glenn Beck dons Freemasonic patch during broadcast (wakeupbd.wordpress.com)
- Glenn Beck is leaving Fox’s ‘Glenn Beck’ (money.cnn.com)
- Jon Stewart Spoofs Glenn Beck on ‘The Daily Show’ (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)