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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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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.

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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 Pride Center is starting a new support group for survivors of suicide. The mission of the group is to offer LGBT survivors who have attempted suicide a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental place to talk about their experiences. Coordinator Jillian Hill says she sees a real need for this in Utah.

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A Democratic state representative’s attempt to change language regarding adoption and foster parenting laws failed to pass out of committee on Wednesday.

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

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The controversial World Congress of Families gets underway in Salt Lake City Tuesday. While many LGBT advocates have protested the event, one group is taking a different approach.

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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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Restore Our Humanity, the LGBT human rights group based in Utah has agreed to sponsor a new openly LGBT friendly Boy Scout troop in Salt Lake City. 

The Boy Scouts of America’s decision Monday to do away with its ban on gay scout leaders has prompted the creation of a gay-friendly Boy Scout troop in Salt Lake City.

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The Utah Attorney General’s office will not appeal a federal judge’s ruling that a married lesbian couple has the right to put both of their names on their baby’s birth certificate.

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The World Congress of Families is responding to attacks after the announcement of the group’s conference in Salt Lake City this October. The group which promotes fundamental Christian values like traditional marriage released a 28-page report Tuesday countering accusations by gay rights groups.

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The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – a national gay and transgender rights group - is sponsoring an Inclusive Families Conference in Salt Lake City. Organizers say it's meant to counter a World Congress of Families event scheduled in October.

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In a five to four decision, Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court said same-sex couples can marry nationwide.

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A University of Utah psychology professor has been elected chair of a national organization focused on making schools safer and more supportive for LGBT students.

The Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts this year elected a transgender prom queen. Senior Maka Brown transitioned from male to female when she was 16 years old. Transgender people in this country are at elevated risk for homelessness, depression, murder, and suicide. Maka Brown has had her struggles, but she says her story has taken a different turn from most. Maka and her mother Toni Brown talk about prom night and the transformation they’ve both experienced.

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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.

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A Utah Valley pediatrician says he is standing by his support of a legal brief to the US Supreme Court opposing same sex marriage, after University of Utah medical students questioned whether it was appropriate for him to do so.

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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A landmark law takes effect Tuesday that aims to balance religious freedom and protections for LGBT Utahns against discrimination in the workplace.

A group of medical students at the University of Utah have sent a letter questioning a faculty member, after he signed a brief to the US Supreme Court claiming that the legalization of same-sex marriage will lead to an increase in abortions.

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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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A historic measure to protect Utah’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender population from discrimination in employment and housing passed the full Utah legislature Wednesday night. So did two other measures that specifically protect religious freedom.

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The Utah Senate passed a statewide anti-discrimination bill on Friday.

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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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A number of local faith leaders joined Equality Utah in prayer and song Wednesday at the state capitol and to speak against a statewide proposal they say would codify discrimination against LGBT people.

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