After four years as president of the Log Cabin Republicans, the queer caucus in the Republican Party, Mel Nimer is stepping down and vice president James Humphreys is stepping up. Nimer helped lead the caucus to more clout and recognition within the Utah GOP than ever before. He helped launch the governor’s reception with former Gov. Jon Huntsman, a tradition that continued through to current Gov. Gary Herbert.
The caucus has worked to increase access to the GOP in a state that is dominated by conservative lawmakers to great success, Nimer said. But there’s still more work to do.
“Perhaps our biggest challenge is working with members of the LGBT community to let them know that you don’t have to be a Democrat,” Nimer said. “The only way we’re going to achieve the goals we have as a community is to work with both parties, especially in Utah.”
Nimer said his experience as president of the LCR was extremely positive, but now he’s ready for others to take the helm as he focuses on his own race for the Salt Lake County Council.
Incoming president Humphreys said he hopes to expand the caucuses’ reach to include more participants and influence.
“Right now we have a few people doing a lot of work,” Humphreys said. “I’d love to continue to terrific work Mel’s done and follow the model established by the Mormon Church — spread the work out to everyone.”
Because so many queer Utahns come from families with conservative backgrounds, the LCR might be a better fit than most think, he said.
Other officers include Michael Petersen as treasurer, Paul Brunner as secretary and Frederick Luchycky as vice president.
For more information or to be involved with the LCR, go to logcabinutah.org.