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Utah Marriage Equality: A Lesson in Hate

Utah Marriage Equality: A Lesson in Hate

What do the fight for marriage equality and cannabis legalization in Utah have in common? Much more than one might initially think. Both movements face staunch, religious, hateful and bigoted adversaries. Certain members of the Utah Legislature and of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) and the Sutherland Institute each […]

Eri Is Ready: A Mormon Woman On Being Transgendered And Getting A Sex Change

Eri Is Ready: A Mormon Woman On Being Transgendered And Getting A Sex Change

Eri Hayward (pronounced “Eddy”) is transgendered. She lives in the conservative Utah Valley where she is a regular guest speaker at both Brigham Young University (BYU) and Utah Valley University (UVU) about being a transgendered Mormon woman, how to reconcile religion and personal beliefs and experiences. On July 10th, she will fly to Thailand to […]

The Kingston Group: Inside Salt Lake City’s Assimilated FLDS Cult

The Kingston Group: Inside Salt Lake City’s Assimilated FLDS Cult

Polygamy is a common thread in the history of many major world religions. It was born not necessarily as a misogynist practice, but one in which encouraged rapid population growth. By one man marrying many women, many children could be born to grow an empire, create more laborers and assert the power of a tribe […]

Mona Wilder: Utah’s Fiercest Drag Queen

Mona Wilder: Utah’s Fiercest Drag Queen

PHOTO: Mona Wilder by Kami Christiansen The Season 5 Finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race was a ratings bonanza, it is becoming more apparent that drag queens are mainstreaming, in part because the audience has moved beyond gay men and straight women, even straight men have learned to appreciate the art form that is drag. In […]

Mormon Mom Thrown in Mexican Prison for Failing to Bribe Judge

Mormon Mom Thrown in Mexican Prison for Failing to Bribe Judge

PHOTO: Yanira Maldonado and Husband Gary Maldonado, on their wedding day By Sarah Rae Fruchtnicht A Mormon mother-of-seven visiting Mexico for a funeral was thrown in jail when her bus was stopped at a military checkpoint and marijuana was found on board. Her family says she was thrown in prison after they failed to raise money […]