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Members of the Salt Lake City Council will spend the next year considering a potential public accommodations ordinance. The move comes as the city is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as an increasingly gay-friendly place. 

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Hundreds of people stood in the rain outside the Salt Lake City and County building Monday night to hold a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Orlando, Florida night club shooting.

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The Utah Pride Center is gearing up for the Pride Festival and Parade this weekend. It has turned into one of Salt Lake City’s largest summer celebrations.

Project Aims to Prevent LGBT Youth Suicide in Provo

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In response to high rates of suicide attempts for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth within the LDS community, a new pilot program is launching in Provo.

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The estranged husband of restaurateur, real estate developer, and LGBT advocate John Williams has been arrested on suspicion of murder and arson. Williams died in a house fire at his Salt Lake City home over the weekend. Friends and colleagues are still reeling from the loss of such an influential figure.

The interim state superintendent of schools says she would like individual districts to decide how to react to the recent U.S. Department of Education guidelines on how to accommodate transgender students.

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Hundreds of people filled the streets of Salt Lake City’s 9th and 9th neighborhood over the weekend to celebrate the naming of Harvey Milk Boulevard.

The University of Utah plans to present an honorary doctorate degree to philanthropist Lynette Gay during Thursday’s commencement ceremony, despite concerns over Gay’s professional links to groups with anti-LGBT stances.

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Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council are taking action in the wake of recent legislation in Mississippi and North Carolina that discriminates against the LGBT communities in those states.

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The Utah Senate has defeated a bill that would have defined Hate Crimes and possible punishments for them.

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The Utah Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill changing Utah’s hate crime laws.

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Jackie Biskupski has garnered national attention for being elected Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor. But here at home, Biskupski and her supporters are downplaying the historic nature of this election.


Two activist groups want Carbon County Juvenile Court Judge Scott Johansen to be punished for his decision to remove a baby from the custody of a same-sex couple because the couple is gay.

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Hundreds gathered at a park in Salt Lake City over the weekend to publicly resign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The mass resignation came in response to LDS Church policy changes clarifying that those who are in a same-sex marriage should be considered apostates, and banning baptisms for children living with gay parents until they’re 18.

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The LDS Church is standing behind its new rules targeting gay members and their children, but officials provided information Friday intended to clarify the policies.

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A Carbon County Judge has ordered the Utah Department of Child and Family Services to remove a one-year-old baby girl from the home of her lesbian foster parents.

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Many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have considered resignation over the last few days. It’s a response to updated policies that say members in same-sex marriages can be kicked out, and that bar their children from being baptized unless they disavow same-sex relationships.

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Utah Pride Center’s Executive Director is stepping down after only 11 weeks on the job.

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An LGBT civil rights organization is criticizing Utah Governor Gary Herbert for his decision to take part in the World Congress of Families this October.

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At BYU’s annual religious freedom conference, state Senator Stuart Adams outlined how Utah’s compromise religious liberty, LGBT protection legislation should be a model for the nation.

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One of the couples who successfully challenged the state of Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage got married Sunday in a public ceremony at The Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake City is hosting the first stateside gathering of World Congress of Families. The organization says it advocates for the traditional family structure. Others say it promotes exclusion.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert has signed into law a statewide ban on discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in employment and housing.  The law also includes protections for religious beliefs.

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The fight to preserve religious rights in Utah isn’t over. A chief negotiator in the widely-celebrated anti-discrimination bill released Wednesday is now making a case for additional religious protections.

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In a rare display of consensus, representatives from Utah’s LGBT community and officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came together to support a statewide non-discrimination bill lawmakers unveiled today at the state Capitol. 

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Utah House and Senate leaders will likely unveil a bill on Tuesday that provides protections for lesbian gay, bisexual and transgender people in employment and housing, while also protecting religious liberty.

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Utah lawmakers are hashing out a plan to enact state-wide protections for LGBT people in employment and housing, while protecting religious liberty. The two ideas may be combined into one piece of legislation.

Mormon Church Leaders Call for LGBT Protections

Jan 27, 2015
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Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for new laws to protect gays and lesbians… as long as those measures also protect religious freedom. The move may help the prospects for a statewide nondiscrimination statute in Utah.

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  A co-founder of the group Mormons Building Bridges doesn’t think the World Congress of Families should be welcome in Utah.  But the group is moving ahead with plans to hold its meeting in Salt Lake City next October.

Erika Munson with Mormons Building Bridges wrote an op-ed piece that appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on Sunday, criticizing the World Congress of Families for what she sees as an anti-gay agenda.

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As same sex marriage once again became legal in Utah yesterday (Monday), state officials and gay couples prepared to accept a new and now permanent change in the law.

When Utahns woke up to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Monday, not to hear marriage appeals from five states, the plaintiffs who challenged Utah’s law were still processing the fact that same-sex was now legal. Kate Call expressed relief that her marriage to her wife Karen Archer probably won’t be legally challenged again.