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Rainbow Connections

Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival tries to capture the past, present and future of queer representation on screen.

We Predict a Riot

Inside one grassroots group's fight to stop the inland port.

Pasties & Politics

Despite facing archaic regulations, SLC's underground burlesque scene manages to thrive.

Rainbow Connections

Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival tries to capture the past, present and future of queer representation on screen.
In 2019, what does an LGBTQ-themed film festival look like, and what should it look like?

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Life Levitated

My wild weekend at Cedar City's UFO Festival.
The UFO festival is taking place on a campground called Three Peaks Recreation Area, about 10 miles outside of town.

Best Summer Concerts

Bust out the SPF, the head-bangiest of seasons is here!
Much like the way local commuters forget how to drive during the first snowstorm of the year, the first few summer concerts need a bit of getting used to.

A Rainbow Revolt

Current and former LGBTQ Mormons reflect on the LDS church’s exclusion policy—and its sudden reversal.
Now reversed following "continuing revelation," this is the story of a group of people still affected by it.

The Pride Issue

It's true the first Pride was a riot. In that spirit, my LGBTQ+ brethren, be unabashedly you. Be loud. Be fierce. And more importantly, be proud.

Let’s All Go to the (Indie) Cinema!

Get ready for thrills, spills and sunburned phalluses this summer movie season.
Watching strong people get slammed into rubble is really dull (see also: Man of Steel), especially when it's been done in 21 previous films.

Still Great?

Decreasing water levels threaten the Great Salt Lake’s future.
"I've sailed in the Mediterranean near Turkey, the South Pacific, up and down the West Coast to Mexico. This is the most difficult and challenging place to sail. It's an amazing place."

Home is Where the Hardship Is

Aiming for more equitable and affordable housing, local activists push for reform.
"I'm still really, really scared every day of being homeless again," she says. "I just never know if it's gonna happen again."

Wild Thing

50 years after a grainy film, Bigfoot sightings continue—from the Pacific Northwest to Provo.
"They are good folk, the Sasquatch people—they are so much more than a Wild Thing in the woods."

Attack of the 20,000-Acre Inland Port!

A cautionary tale on how a similar project wreaked havoc on a small Illinois town.
But that was before developers left it strewn with broken promises—low-wage jobs, crumbling infrastructure, insane traffic and, in a first for a largely rural community, air pollution.

Inversion Conversion

Somehow, the uber-Republican Legislature budgeted more than $29 million to improve Utah's air. That's not a typo.
The angry caller told Handy he had asthma—what was the first-term state legislator going to do to improve Utah's air quality?

Mind the Gap

Their health on standby, thousands of low-income Utahns await to see if they'll benefit from Medicaid expansion.
The funds are only good for a limited range of services. Jones still pays about $60 every month for therapy, and $4 for each prescription that helps him manage his depression, anxiety and alcohol cravings.

The Foilies 2019

Recognizing the year's worst in government transparency.
"It opened up our Sunday for filing Freedom of Information requests."

Local Music Issue 2019

Turn it up to 11, boys and girls. Our rockingest issue is here!
How do you do justice to all the subcultures, stylistic niches and underground scenes that make Salt Lake City great—all while adhering to a strict word count?

Spread Thin

Soon, the biologically rich Pando Forest could be a thing of the past.
To continue to live, Pando produces new sprouts that gather water and sunlight. But for the last half-century, its regrowth has decreased sharply, and scientists point to a combination of factors.

The Unsinkable Shireen Ghorbani

After two electoral defeats, the Salt Lake County Democrat finally gets her turn.
"My plan is to see my congressman, who has not done a town hall in Salt Lake City proper in a year."

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