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Rosemary Winters
LGBT FYI is a blog about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Rosemary Winters covers education and LGBT issues for The Salt Lake Tribune. Since joining The Tribune in 2003, she has written about small business, global warming, city governments, sexuality and Utah's involvement in California's Proposition 8. During the 2009 legislative session, she outed former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. -- as a supporter of civil unions.
 
Updated on Aug 1, 2011 12:22PM

Nearly two years ago, I started writing the LGBT FYI blog for The Salt Lake Tribune. It was an experiment, as all our blogs are, in trying to create an online following centered on one spe...

Updated on Aug 1, 2011 11:51AM

On Thursday, the U.S. Census released data on same-sex-couple households in Utah. The number — 5,814 — is up 73 percent from 2000, largely because m...

Updated on Jul 22, 2011 07:04PM

As Utah celebrates the 164th anniversary on Sunday of the arrival of Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley, the state of New York marks its first day honoring same-sex marriages. More than 800 g...

Updated on Jul 22, 2011 07:00PM

Scott McCoy, 40, and Mark Barr, 37, met 13 years ago when they were both twenty-somethings living in Manhattan. McCoy was a law student and Barr worked for Showtime.

McCoy landed a job ...

Updated on Jul 22, 2011 07:12PM

Jerry Rapier and Kirt Bateman met in 1995 at Desert Star Playhouse in Murray, where Bateman worked in the box office and Rapier had a close friend starring in the show. The couple fell for one anot...

Updated on Jul 18, 2011 11:31AM

Jim Dabakis has been picked as chairman of the Utah Democratic Party, making him the first openly gay person to lead a major political party in Utah. Also at Saturday’s

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Updated on Jul 13, 2011 02:46PM

Although he opposes same-sex marriage, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Tuesday he will not sign a conservative Iowa Christian group’s pledge voicing that opposition, the Associat...

Updated on Jul 8, 2011 10:56AM

Renee Galliher, a psychology professor at Utah State University, is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of members of the LDS Church who are attracted to members of their same se...

Updated on Jul 6, 2011 12:12PM

Actor and playwright Steven Fales will give a benefit reading on Sunday to raise funds for Darin Adams, a Pleasant Grove father who is facing mounting legal bills as he fights for custody rights to...

Updated on Jul 5, 2011 12:29PM

Richard Noble, a LGBT activist from Los Angeles, is in Salt Lake City today (July 5) as part of his walk across the nation to promote the American Equality Bill. The

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Updated on Jun 29, 2011 12:52PM

This month, Utah’s first openly gay lawmaker, Jackie Biskupski, resigned her seat in Hou...

Updated on Jun 27, 2011 11:52AM

With New York legalizing gay marriage without a residency requirement, the Empire State soon could beco...

Updated on Jun 24, 2011 11:02AM

Speaking with adolescent kids about sex is often an awkward conversation for parents. It can be especially challenging for parents reacting to news that their son or daughter is lesbian, bisexual, ...

Updated on Jun 22, 2011 08:00PM

With the news that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. is running for president, the news medi...

Updated on Jun 16, 2011 01:34PM

Cecil Samuelson, president of LDS Church-owned Brigham Young University, was invited to share a moment of “reflection” at the Scottish Parliament this week. But after Samuelson’s speech on Wednesda...

Updated on Jun 13, 2011 07:41PM

“Two Spirits,” a documentary about the life and death of Fred Martinez, a Navajo boy with a feminine essence, has its PBS debut on Tuesday (June 14). Martinez was brutally murdered at age 16 in sou...

Updated on Jun 13, 2011 02:06PM

Rep. Jackie Biskupski, a Salt Lake City Democrat, is resigning her post to move to a home outside of...

Updated on Jun 8, 2011 03:36PM

A national PBS special, “OUT in America,” has its public-television premiere Wednesday evening — but not in Utah. Local PBS affiliates KUED and KBYU are among several nationally that have not sched...

Updated on Jun 6, 2011 03:41PM
In case you missed any of these things at the Utah Pride Festival, here’s a run down of some of the highlights, as covered in The Salt Lake Tribune.

Grand marshal reception
Updated on Jun 2, 2011 11:00AM

The American Lung Association is encouraging LGBT smokers to kick the unhealthy habit this month in honor of pride festivities happening across the nation. The 2011 Utah Pride Festival is this week...

Updated on Jun 1, 2011 11:48AM

For the first time in its history, the Utah Pride Festival has sold out of vendor space, with 142 booths and 17 food stands.

Sunday’s parade also will be bigger than ever with 91 entri...

Updated on May 25, 2011 01:50PM

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has been picked to receive the annual Pete Suazo Political Action Award at the 2011 Utah Pride Festival. Michael Aaron, owner and publisher of

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Updated on May 24, 2011 11:32AM

Three years after David James “DJ” Bell and his partner Daniel Fair were brutally beaten at their South Salt Lake home, they saw four of their assailants sentenced to time behind bars.

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Updated on May 23, 2011 05:18PM

David Boies and Ted Olson, the attorneys representing two same-sex couples seeking to overturn California’s Proposition 8, are featured in Bill Moyers’ new book of interviews, Bill Moyers Journal.<...

Updated on May 23, 2011 04:04PM

Nearly 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths shared their “coming out” stories with the New York Times for a multimedia series that is being published this week.

Th...

Updated on May 13, 2011 03:10PM

Operation Shine America, a Salt Lake City-based advocacy group, will hold a rally to raise awareness about homeless youth. A 2009 survey found th...

Updated on May 10, 2011 11:40AM

Peter Vidmar has resigned as chef de missio...

Updated on May 19, 2011 01:12PM

“Becoming Chaz,” the story of Chaz Bono’s transgender journey from woman to man, airs on Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel, OWN, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (MST).

Bono, is the only child of varie...

Updated on May 6, 2011 04:28PM

Rep. Pete Stark, a California Democrat, has reintroduced the “Every Child Deserves a Family Act” in Congress, with 33 cosponsors. The

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Updated on May 6, 2011 04:28PM

Within an hour of the news that the Arkansas Supreme Court had overturned a state law that banned unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children, Utahns were calling the American Civil Liber...

Updated on May 4, 2011 12:20PM

Starting in September, employees of Salt Lake City School District will be able to share their health insurance with a domestic partner. The decision comes on t...

Updated on Apr 28, 2011 11:03AM

Comedienne Rosanne Barr, a Salt Lake City native, has been named Grand Marshal of the 2011 Utah Pride Festival.

“I’m kicking off my pro-gay, pro-labor, pro-women’s-rights, pro-secular-s...

Updated on Apr 25, 2011 12:26PM

Two men who worked to end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the military’s ban on openly gay service members, will speak at the Human Rights Campaign Utah Gala on June 11.

Former U.S. Rep. Patri...

Updated on Apr 21, 2011 01:32PM

Utah high school and college students who show leadership in the LGBT-rights movement are eligible for a new

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Updated on Apr 21, 2011 12:12PM

Equality Utah plans to launch an educational campaign in Washington County and surrounding communities to share information about discrimination and other issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Updated on Apr 20, 2011 03:42PM

A fourth, “credible” poll has shown that more Americans now back gay marriage than don’t, repor...

Updated on Apr 19, 2011 02:51PM

The American Civil Liberties Union is encouraging public school students to test their schools' web filters after discovering that schools in Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia have been bl...

Updated on Apr 18, 2011 04:30PM

The University of Utah debate team will present a debate Tuesday evening on whether the Utah Legislature should pass a statew...

Updated on Apr 19, 2011 03:00PM

Lesbian, gay and bisexual youths who live in social environments that are more supportive of the LGBT community are 25 percent less likely to attempt suicide than their peers who live in less suppo...

Updated on Apr 14, 2011 02:30PM

What began as a J.Crew ad about how one company executive spends quality time with her son (she paints his toe nails his favorite color — pink), has blown up into what Jon Stewart satirically calls...

Updated on Apr 6, 2011 03:30PM

The Utah Pride Center will host a flurry of youth-focused activities this month, leading the center to announce that April is “Queer Youth Mon...

Updated on Mar 31, 2011 06:32PM

The Utah Driver License Division met Wednesday with a transgender woman who allegedly faced discrimination when she

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Updated on Mar 30, 2011 03:26PM

The Utah Pride Center is calling for greater public education and awareness about issues faced by the transgender community. The center issued a statement in response to an alleged incident of anti...

Updated on Mar 23, 2011 02:16PM

Jim Dabakis, an entrepreneur and longtime advocate for Utah’s LGBT community, is running for chairman of the Utah Democratic Party. So far, he is the only ...

Updated on Mar 23, 2011 10:38AM

Many allies and members of the LGBT communty are mourning the passing of acclaimed actress...

Updated on Mar 16, 2011 04:08PM

The Utah Pride Center is calling for nominations for two annual awards to be bestowed at the 2011 Utah Pride Festival. (The theme for the festival is “Li...

Updated on Mar 16, 2011 04:08PM

The Ogden City Council has amended anti-discrimination ordinances it adopted last week in a ...

Updated on Mar 11, 2011 06:10PM

After a decade in the Utah Senate, Chris Buttars, the West Jordan Republican who helped craft Utah’s constitutional gay-marriage ban, is

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Updated on Mar 9, 2011 02:29PM

U.S. Congressman Jared Polis, an openly gay Democrat from Colorado, and the National Stonewall Democrats will host a live, online townhall tonight a...

Updated on Mar 9, 2011 12:08PM

After a year of discussion, the Ogden City Council on Tuesday passed ordinances that forbid housing and employment discrimination based on a persons’ sexual orientation or gender identity.

 
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