No thanks. I lived in Utah for about 5 years during two tours of duy in the service and will never go back. They put on a good show for outsiders, but it’s still backwards compared to most of the country.
…mind you some of those Mormon missionaries can be very cute. If only it wasn’t for those damn chastity belts they have to wear!!!
Not sure sure about the chastity belt. Some years ago an ex-Mormon told me that the Church was in an unacknowledged stew over the fact that lots of those same-sex pairs of young missionaries were falling in love and getting it on together. Nice to think about.
This article is misleading. Salt Lake City has a mediocre reputation for LGBT safety, not accurately represented by the comment that there are “some cases of homophobia in the Utah capital… isolated instances”.
The situation got so bad at the end of last year that the community organised self-defence patrols outside gay bars to protect patrons.
Tourists should also consider that while Salt Lake City prohibits discrimination in housing and employment, it does not to prohibit discrimination in “public accommodation” – what Europeans know as “goods and services”. So you can be thrown out of a restaurant or hotel, or refused service in a shop. (And state-wide, there is no discrimination protection at all.)
Rather than holidaying in Salt Lake, however attractive the mountains and hospitable the young men, consider telling the Mayor’s Office they won’t get one red cent until they introduce hate crimes legislation and ban discrimination in public accommodations.
As far as “the situation” is concerned, there was a headline of a “queer bashing” outside a Salt Lake City gay nightclub. It was a very graphic depiction of hate and anger towards the gay community. The “victim” of the attack was not only punched and kicked, but the group of attackers finished it off by placing his mouth over a curb and kicking the back of his head. Fortunately the “victim” survived and was able to milk this attack for every cent it was worth. This “victim” wasn’t an innocent bystander being randomly chosen in a crowd of people. He was actually very active in the distribution and consumption of illicit drugs. The “victim” screwed over his dealer. This WAS NOT an act of hate towards gay people. The bar owner, not wanting to lose business,organized the patrols. The victim used the media to have the overwhelmingly generous gay/gay friendly population of Salt Lake pay for his doctor bills (you don’t get health benefits selling drugs and he couldn’t afford them himself).
The Mormons hate us and have spent millions trying to limit the civil rights of gay US citizens. Don’t give that theocratic cr@phole your money.
I couldn’t agree more about the Mormons, but like the article says “unlike small-town Utah, Salt Lake itself boasts a non-Mormon majority among its 1.12 million residents”.
Salt Lake City may be a bastion of queer-friendly folk, but I will not visit. I will not spend one cent in Utah – the entire state. As a Californian, I LOATHE the very thought of Utah.
When I see pairs of wholesome little Mormon missionaries bicycling around my small city, I do well to restrain myself from running them off the road (or running over them entirely – repeated).
If there was a store or restaurant that openly spoke out against the LBGT community, everyone would asking every LBGT person and those who support them to stay away from that company. Why is this city any different? LBGT money should be spent where it helps our community.
Coming soon from PinkNews…
Getting sexy in St Petersburg? Uganda? Iran?
I’m widely travelled – I’ve been to plenty of gay unfriendly destinations. I just expect them to not get such an uncritical treatment from a LGBT organisation. And to give a better warning of the dangers involved.
(Let alone that your tourist spending may be funding more Prop 8s)
Agreed, this article stinks of pay-off form the Utah Tourist board – PN seem more eager for the money, but not the journalism.
Why would any self respecting gay man want to economically support a bunch of bible bashers who think “evil gays” should be banned but are accepting of the “truth” from a lying nutter reading a “buried book of golden plates” that no one else saw?
I live in Utah, and Salt Lake actually is a very liberal city. It feels sort of like San Francisco in the heart of Iran. But its gay and left-wing credit is quite real and a huge presence within Utah. It can get acrimonious, as with so many liberals and so many on the far right, there isn’t enough of a center, and the state-wide social debate can be as shrill and uncivil as Beirut’s. But overall, Salt Lake has actually managed to accomplish something significant in constantly making people aware of everyday diversity in their midst, and credit is due where credit is due.
“SL, UT”, heh, never actually heard that one before. Was funny.
Having lived in Utah for most of my life and being Mormon and gay, I give credit to the article’s author for trying to present a unique and interesting travel destination to those who may not have thought of Utah as such (unlike many of the “never again” or “not one red cent” post contributors here). Utah is a place like no other in terms of natural beauty, outdoor recreational opportunities and, for those who have the chutzpah, an active cultural nexus between the gay community and conservative Mormon activists who, incidentally and thankfully, are in the vast minority of churchgoers in this state.
Change is coming to Utah, albeit slowly. The gay community (and many in the business community) would love to see more gay tourists. More “red cents” spent by gay travelers and the exposure they bring could speed up that change and help Utah become a more egalitarian place for all to enjoy.