Tag Archives: Salt Lake City

UTAH: Arrest Warrant Issued For Man In Viral Anti-Gay Assault After He Fails To Appear For Court [VIDEO]

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The Florida man who was caught on video asking a Utah man if he is gay and then punching him failed to show up for a court date on Friday, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Carlo Alazo, 22, faces three misdemeanors — one count of threatening to use a weapon in a …

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Assault Charges For Anti-Gay Man Seen In Viral Video

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: He asked the man if he was gay and when he responded “I am,” he hit him. Now, that alleged attacker faces assault charges — but those will not be enhanced as a hate crime. Carlo Alazo, 22 from Florida, was charged Friday by the Salt Lake County district attorney with three misdemeanors for threatening …

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UTAH: Salt Lake City Police Seek Help Identifying Man Filmed In Assault After Asking If Victim Is Gay [VIDEO]

The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Salt Lake City police are asking the public for help identifying a man who hit another after asking if he was gay. The assault is captured in an eight-second video posted to Twitter on Sunday by Sal Trejo and quickly spread through social media. The assault took place downtown and the video starts with the …

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UTAH: Leading Newspaper Calls On GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch To Retire Over His “Utter Lack Of Integrity”

From the editorial board of the Salt Lake Tribune: The selection of Sen. Orrin G. Hatch as the 2017 Utahn of the Year has little to do with the fact that, after 42 years, he is the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, that he has been a senator from Utah longer than three-fifths of the state’s population has been …

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UTAH: Openly Lesbian Salt Lake City Mayor Jessica Biskupski Installs Harvey Milk Boulevard Signage

Ben Winslow reports for Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: Mayor Jackie Biskupski put up the first street sign that renames a part of 900 South as “Harvey Milk Boulevard.” The Salt Lake City Council recently voted unanimously to rename 900 South after Milk, who was one of the country’s first openly gay elected officials until his assassination in 1978. “I …

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UTAH: Salt Lake City Council Votes Unanimously To Rename Street For Harvey Milk

Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate reports: In a unanimous vote, the city council voted to rename 900 South as “Harvey Milk Boulevard” after the murdered gay rights leader. The vote came after about an hour of public comment on Tuesday night, with members of the community split over the idea. Some who testified against the measure said they would support …

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UTAH: Openly Lesbian Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski Sworn In With Fiance At Her Side

The Associated Press reports: Jackie Biskupski has been sworn in as Salt Lake City’s mayor, becoming the first openly gay person to hold the office. The 49-year-old former Utah lawmaker said Monday she is humbled by her history-making election but said more needs to be done for LGBT rights. Biskupski is no stranger to making history in the state. In …

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UTAH: Hundreds Rally Against New Anti-LGBT Mormon Policy In Mass Resignation [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Several hundred people with roots in the Mormon faith gathered in Salt Lake City on Saturday to renounce the church’s new policies targeting gays and their children in an event that marked the latest illustration of the fervor the rule changes have caused. Billed as a mass resignation by Mormons, people filled out paperwork and dropped …

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UTAH: Same-Sex Marriage Plaintiff Derek Kitchen Elected To Salt Lake City Council

And yet another big win in Salt Lake City. From the campaign’s Facebook page: Thank you! Thank you to my family for standing next to me through this campaign, for my volunteers for putting in countless hours knocking on doors, making calls, and talking to their friends. Thank you to all my supporters, your enthusiasm, donations, and moral cheers really …

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Salt Lake City Elects Utah’s First Gay Mayor

Another bright spot from last night. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Salt Lake City voters elected Jackie Biskupski as Utah’s first openly gay mayor and only the second female top executive in the capital city, according to the unofficial election-night count. Those vote tallies had Biskupski with 52.19 percent to two-term Mayor Ralph Becker’s 47.81 percent — less than a …

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UTAH: Salt Lake City Council To Consider Naming Street For Harvey Milk

Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: A proposal has been unveiled to rename 900 South as “Harvey Milk Boulevard” to honor the slain LGBT rights leader. The proposal was announced Saturday night at a fundraiser event for the gay rights group Equality Utah, which has been working with Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Councilman Stan …

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Holyfield “Beats” Romney In Two Rounds

Via Fox News: Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring Friday at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds before Romney ran away from the boxer and threw in the …

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Romney Vs Holyfield: The Weigh-In

Via NBC News: In this corner, weighing in at 236 pounds: Evander Holyfield, the former heavyweight champion of the world. And in this corner, weighing in at 179 pounds — Mitt Romney? The former Republican presidential nominee? Relax. It’s for a good cause: They’re stepping into the ring Friday night in Salt Lake City to raise money for Charity Vision, …

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UTAH: Openly Gay State Sen. Jim Dabakis To Run For Mayor Of Salt Lake City

“I believe a great mayor needs a big heart! The mayor is the leader of the City. It is the mayor’s job to bring people together. Find common ground. Unite the community! A mayor needs to be out of his office. Out in the community – every day. Checking the pulse. Out in the neighborhoods. At the festivals. At the …

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UTAH: LDS Church Backs LGBT Rights In Return For Stiffer Religion Carve-Outs

Via Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce. Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights …

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LDS Explains Mormon Underwear

Via the Washington Post: For years, the Mormon Church’s undergarments have been mocked and misunderstood. Often referred to jokingly as “magic Mormon underwear,” the garb, which resembles a T-shirt and shorts, has been ridiculed on Broadway, referenced in political campaigns and exploited online for profit. That’s why the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) has come forward to …

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Anti-Gay World Congress Of Families To Hold Convention In Salt Lake City

The World Congress of Families, an international coalition of anti-gay hate groups, will bring its annual convention to Salt Lake City next year. The will be the first US convention for the Illinois-based coalition. The organization had to cancel this year’s international conference in Moscow due to turmoil related to Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. Its previous world conferences …

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UTAH: Cop Who Refused To Ride In Salt Lake City Pride Parade Has Resigned

Via the Associated Press: A Salt Lake City police officer who rejected an assignment riding a motorcycle at the front of last weekend’s gay pride parade and was put on leave has now resigned. Salt Lake City police officials said Tuesday they received written notification of the officer’s resignation. The officer, whose name is being withheld, was put on leave …

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UTAH: Cop Who Refused To Work Pride Parade Threatens To Sue For Defamation

There’s more to this story. Via the Salt Lake Tribune: A Salt Lake City police officer says the department defamed him and violated his rights when he was put on leave after a conflict over his assignment at Sunday’s Utah Pride Parade. “He feels that the same protections that afford individuals to participate in a parade like we had yesterday, …

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UTAH: Cop Placed On Leave After Refusing To Work Salt Lake Pride Parade

Via the Associated Press: A Salt Lake City police officer has been placed on leave after refusing an assignment to work at a gay pride parade. The officer was among about 30 officers assigned to provide traffic control and security for the annual Utah Pride Parade on Sunday in Salt Lake City, said department spokeswoman Lara Jones. “We don’t tolerate …

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