SLAP: The Spectrum
Our first backhand for October goes to St. George’s daily newspaper for backing out of a deal—with Southern Utah Pride. As City Weekly recently reported, the paper had contracted for a $1,000 sponsorship of the event, but canceled their end of the contract in September. It ran the agreed-upon ads, but asked SUP organizers to pull its logo from any promotional material, including the event’s Web site. Um … what? Why eat the cost of a sponsorship without reaping any of the benefits? The only answer we can see to this question makes about as much sense as anti-gay attitudes in southern Utah. But we’ll leave you to fill in the blanks.
SNAP: Utah’s Gay Households
Well, what do you know? Between 2000 and 2007 Utah experienced a 23% jump in lesbian couples and a 21.5% increase in gay couples who live together under the same roof. Of course, the Beehive state’s neo-con groups are citing the usual specters like the damned liberal media and the Gay Agenda (no, not our fabulous arts listing). Much more likely, these numbers are the result of Utah’s general population growth, more tolerant attitudes to gays and lesbians (at least in Salt Lake City) and the social de-stigmatization of gays that allows people to feel more comfortable coming out. But whatever the reason, we think this is pretty awesome.
SNAP: South Valley Sanctuary
People of all gender identities and sexual orientations (yes, even straight men) can be targets of domestic violence. The South Valley Sanctuary in West Jordan has always offered services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender survivors (not to mention survivors of all ages, races, nationalities, sexes and religious affiliations). With anti-gay prejudice still a huge deterrent for queer people seeking to escape abusive situations, it’s truly wonderful to see a shelter right here in the Salt Lake Valley that gets it.