Last week, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came to an agreement on banning conversion therapy for LGBT minors — an effort that stalled with Utah lawmakers earlier this year.
On the heels of Colorado becoming the 18th state to ban “conversion therapy” earlier this year, Utah’s debating the widely discredited practice meant to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender expression.
Mormon culture influences nearly every aspect of life in Utah. But these days many long-held values are being challenged, even by the faithful. KUER’s series “Latter-day” examines how Mormon culture is — and isn’t — changing in response.
Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski proclaimed May 28 to June 2 as Pride Week in Salt Lake City on Tuesday. Her announcement kicks off a week of celebrations aimed at the LGBTQ community in the capital and beyond.
During his graduation speech Friday, Brigham Young University valedictorian, Matt Easton, told his classmates “I have come to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me to be.”
Religions across America are reckoning with how they address nontraditional members of their faith. The latest is the Methodist Church, which has at least 12 million members in the U.S. and approximately 80 million worldwide.
The Provo-based Encircle, a resource and counseling center for LGBTQ youths and their families, opened a new branch on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Part of the reason they’re expanding is demand — in 2018, they served around 1,000 young people per month and provided counselling to an average of 400 of those they served. And many of their clients had to travel long distances to access services.
Utah's Republican dominated Legislature can be a lonely place for a Democrat. That can be especially true for the only openly gay legislator. For six years, that person was Jim Dabakis representing Senate District 2.
Provo’s popular Freedom Festival held on the Fourth of July each year just became a little more inclusive, at least on paper. A new non-discrimination clause was just approved by festival organizers following controversy last year.
Organizers of Provo’s annual Freedom Festival are under fire after disinviting a LGBTQ group from marching in its 4th of July parade — and at least one lawmaker wants to pull the festival’s public funding.
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.