Group will demonstrate for gender equality for women and girls in the LDS Church
So it's General Conference once again, that time of the year—be it spring or fall—when Temple Square becomes inundated with well-dressed Mormons heading to the Conference Center to hear the good word from their leaders. That also means Ordain Women will once more take to the streets, and specifically to Temple Square, to demonstrate for gender equality for women and girls.
Saying that Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s decision to stop funding the state’s branch of Planned Parenthood is “unconstitutional,” the reproductive health-care organization on Monday announced that it is suing the state. On Aug. 14, Herbert ordered all state agencies that funnel federal grant money to Planned Parenthood to cease acting as an intermediary.
Activists are planning a series of protests in Salt Lake City from Sept. 27-30 to highlight a lack of services and programs for Utahns with disabilities. The protests will begin with a rally on Sept. 27, but after that, 86-year-old veteran and disabled activist Barb Toomer declines to say what ADAPT has in store for the Beehive capital, other than to note any demonstrations will be "nonviolent, like Dr. Martin Luther King."
Shawn Reid kept having nervous breakdowns but refused to believe he was bipolar, clinging to the idea that it was his ADHD that was undermining his existence. This year, the 29-year-old found a psychiatrist who told him that he believed that—theoretically at least—the same chromosome that is responsible for Reid's auburn hair can also be responsible for him being bipolar.
Go onto Craigslist, and—nestled amidst ads listing DVDs, VHS tapes and CDs for sale—you will find the following title: "Gay marriage is stupid' The Movie. It's on sale for $12—there's a limit of three per person—from a seller in Sandy.
In a Salt Lake City mayoral contest pitting a pair of Democrats who are both former state legislators against each other, it might be difficult for the average voter who doesn’t follow the heartbeat of breaking news to discern the differences. Of course, Mayor Ralph Becker, seeking his third term in office, is a male.
Last summer I was heading to Idaho with a friend for a gathering of writers. As we came up a hill late at night, the bright eyes of half a dozen frozen deer reflecting back our headlights popped into view.