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LGBT Mormons Get Together

Slc_mormon_tempelAs you read this, "hundreds of gay Mormons, their families and friends" are gathered in Salt Lake City, UT, to talk about sexuality at a conference called "Circling The Wagons." According to The Salt Lake Tribune:

The purpose of the conference, sponsored by researcher John Dehlin, along with Mormon Stories and Open Stories Foundation, is "to create a space where LGBTQ or SSA individuals and their families and allies can gather to acknowledge, explore and honor shared experiences."

What kinds of folks are these LGBT Mormons? A poll conducted by Utah State University found:

... nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of the 1,600 respondents had tried to change their orientation, and 86 percent classified church counseling that sought to end their same-sex attraction as not helpful, somewhat harmful or severely harmful.

About a third (29 percent) of the respondents said they remained active in the LDS faith, a little more than a third were inactive (36 percent) and 26 percent asked to have their names removed from the church’s membership rolls.

Still, nearly 70 percent said they believed in God, 52 percent believed in Jesus Christ, and 36 percent believed that LDS Church founder Joseph Smith was "a prophet of God."

Some of the attendees include a former Methodist minister who became an LGBT supporter after some of his congregants came out, as well as:

... author and playwright, Carol Lynn Pearson, retired Brigham Young University microbiology professor Bill Bradshaw, Utah State Democratic Party Chair Jim Dabakis, filmmaker Kendall Wilcox, psychologist Lee Beckstead, as well as Dehlin, who has helped conduct online research within the LDS gay community.

Circling The Wagons is organized by Ms. Pearson's organization "Mormon Stories." Needless to say, it's not affiliated with the LDS Church.

S.I.N. Patrol Launched to Fight Gay Bashings in Utah: VIDEO


In response to a series of gay bashings in Salt Lake City recently, 140 volunteers are now part of the S.I.N. (Safety in Numbers) patrol, and roam Utah streets on the look-out for gay bashers or at risk people.

FOX 13 reports:

In a matter of moments the men transform into what looks like a cast of discarded Disney characters. One guy looks like an overgrown leprechaun, one squeezes into a black and white leotard, and another emerges from the bathroom wearing an ugly green dress with shoulder pads. Joshua dons thigh high boots, shorts, a robe, and a headdress. Someone asked why he was wearing so many belts. "In case all this fashion busts loose" he joked. As he shows off his ensemble, he points out an accessory. "A little pepper spray just in case." Then it's off to the clubs.

Said S.I.N. founder Joshua Barnes: "There's been a lot of people complaining there's not enough police coverage or security in the clubs,"  "The police do a good job, but they can't be everywhere. We thought rather than just complain, we'd just do something. And the simplest thing we could do is just be here. Be an extra set of eyes, an extra body."


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Third Gay Man Attacked in Salt Lake City in Two Weeks

Yet another anti-gay attack has been reported in the Salt Lake City area. A gay man has been attacked while taking out the garbage at the hair salon where he works after being ambushed at the back of the business. He crawled back into the salon after being attacked and co-workers found him there, KSL reports.

Metropolitansalon Q Salt Lake reports:

A 32-year-old man was attacked in American Fork early Thursday morning by three assailants who shouted gay slurs and the case is being investigated as a possible hate-motivated crime, said Sgt. Gregg Ludlow. The attack occurred between 12:30 and 1 a.m. on Thursday around the area of Center Street and 100 North in American Fork. Cameron Nelson was taken to the Insta Care where he was treated for minor injuries and released, Ludlow said. The attackers called Nelson a ‘faggot,’ along with other slurs, he said. Nelson told the Salt Lake Tribune he was taking out the trash at a hair salon where he works when he was attacked. Nelson, who is gay, said he believes he was assaulted because of his sexuality.

Nelson received a broken nose in the attack, according to FOX 13.

Q Salt Lake adds:

Nelson could not describe all of his attackers, but police are looking for one suspect who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, has shoulder-length brown hair and was wearing cut off pants and combat boots. Anyone with information is asked to call the American Fork Police Department at (801) 763-3020.

Nelson's attack is the third attack on gay men in the last two weeks:

Dane Hall, 20, was assaulted by four men as he left a club. The suspects repeatedly punched Hall and stomped the side of his head. His cheekbone was shattered and he lost six teeth.

In the other assault, a group of men broke into a gay man’s apartment near 33 W. 200 South and beat up his boyfriend.

Salt Lake Police Reach Out to Community After Anti-Gay Attack; Reward Fund Created

Salt Lake City's Q Business Alliance has set up a fund to reward those providing information leading to arrests in anti-LGBT hate crimes, Q Salt Lake reports:

Dane_hall A fund to provide reward money for information leading to arrests in hate-motivated crimes directed at Utah’s queer community was established by the Q Business Alliance. The Alliance is a group of Utah businesses owned and operated by the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and their allies. The Q Business Alliance Reward Fund was started in response to a recent attack and increased awareness of violence in Utah’s queer community.

“This rewards fund sends a message to perpetrators of hate-motivated crimes against our community that we have the money and resources to fight back, track down and prosecute those who would harm our brothers and sisters,” said Michael Sanders, membership director of the Q Business Alliance and owner of Now & Again, in a press release.

The fund was started following the attack late last month of Dane Hall, who had his jawbone broken in three places, lost six teeth, and was hospitalized for four days.

The Deseret News reports that the police have been reaching out to the community:

Last Friday, Salt Lake Police Chief Chris Burbank went to Club Sound from about 10 p.m. until midnight to answer questions and let the club patrons know detectives were still actively working the case. He also asked the crowd for any help they could provide in providing possible leads...

"The chief was there to make sure they knew we were working the case. But also to let them know we need their help," said Salt Lake Police Sgt. Shawn Josephson.

Burbank got on the stage at Club Sound to address the crowd. He plans to return to not only that club this weekend, but other clubs in the area as well. Josephson said it's part of the chief's outreach program for all the clubs in the area.

Victim of Brutal Salt Lake Gay Bashing Speaks: VIDEO


Yesterday I posted about the brutal gay bashing of Salt Lake City resident Dane Hall. He spoke to local news about the crime that left him with a jaw broken in three places from a "curb check" and his astronomical medical bills.


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Gay Man Brutally Attacked Outside of Gay Club in Salt Lake City

Dane Hall, a 20-year-old gay Salt Lake City man, had his jawbone broken in three places, lost six teeth, and was hospitalized for four days this week after being attacked outside one of the city's nightclubs, Q Salt Lake reports:

Hall Hall said he left Club Sound, which is gay-themed on Friday nights, and crossed the street to the corner of 600 W. and 200 S. in Salt Lake City, when four men approached him and began yelling gay slurs. He was then punched in the back of the head and knocked to the ground. One of the assailants grabbed his shirt and began punching him in the face, he said. After Hall fell to the ground again, the attacker grabbed him, placed his open mouth over the street curb and stomped on the back of head, knocking out six teeth in a move commonly referred to as ‘curb checking,’ which can result in death in many cases. Two other assailants kicked him repeatedly in the stomach, Hall said. The attackers called him a ‘fag’ and took his identification and $40, he said.

“I could have died. And a piece of bone from my jaw was jammed in my brain, to make things worse,” Hall said in email correspondence because his jaw is still wired shut after the attack. “If anyone has any information leading to the arrest I am offering a $10,000 reward.”

Salt Lake City police are looking into the attack. Anyone with information about the assailants or any possible leads are being asked to call the Salt Lake Police Department at 801-799-3000.


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