SNAP: Christine Johnson
Barely four months after Scott McCoy left the State Senate to devote his time to his law practice, one of Utah’s two remaining openly gay politicians has announced that she’s also leaving. For two terms, Rep. Christine Johnson has served District 25 and Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population with integrity, courage and honesty. Though not all of her decisions have been popular—like dropping gay rights bills this Legislative Session to protect Salt Lake City’s gay and transgender-inclusive housing and employment ordinances — she has always been forthright in explaining them. Her years of service have been tireless and have come at great financial and emotional expense. QSaltLake would like to thank Johnson for her service, especially her tireless attempts to pass statewide housing and employment protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Utahns. Her successor has much to live up to.
SNAP: West Valley City
While bigots in the State Legislature demand studies to prove that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people face job and housing discrimination (and then dismiss the need for those studies), many county and city governments are moving ahead to provide these protections. Recently, Utah’s second largest city joined that effort when its six member council and mayor unanimously voted to craft ordinances modeled after the ones Salt Lake City passed last November. The most remarkable thing, though? Mayor Mike Winder is a Republican, just like the Hill’s bigots who are currently ignoring the wishes of their constituents to make employment and housing nondiscrimination for gay and transgender people state law. As many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people know, takes a lot of courage to stand up for your convictions, especially in a political climate that is often hostile towards disagreement. Kudos to Winder and West Valley City’s council for their wisdom and sense of justice. We look forward to seeing how their ordinances will progress.
SNAP: Our Wedding Vendors
Amanda Brown and Jessica Engel’s March 13 wedding was a beautiful and touching event that could not have happened without the time, expertise and generosity of a number of companies, from florists and event planners to coffee shops and bar tenders. We’re honored to have worked with all of them for our first wedding giveaway. And readers, please remember these generous people for your next party or event.