10 things we heard

“Salt Lake City is actually a pretty good city for gay life. The community is just about the best organized and welcoming I’ve ever associated with due to the perceived hostility of ‘The Church.’ It’s definitely better than Albuquerque or Las Vegas.”
—Roberty Lowe

“It gets tiresome to hear constant barrage against Salt Lake City. It’s an amazing city for its size. There are more kind and caring people here than in many places and its clean which is more than you can say about San Francisco.”
—Ben Williams

“Can we be honest about this? This article exists solely to create controversy. The criteria are laughable since it doesn’t count nightlife, gay-owned businesses or gay social and political organizations at all (a much better measure than the existence of a roller derby team). That Colorado Springs made this list just proves how absurd the list is. I’ve been there. It is not a gay friendly city. They then justify it’s inclusion by listing the very nightlife and sex outlets they claim had no bearing on consideration. This list has no credibility. I know it makes all you guys in Salt Lake feel a little better about having to put up with all the BS in Utah, but it is a PR stunt to drive traffic to the Advocate website so they can increase their advertising rates.”
—Curtis Jensen

“Why cannot the state establish a system to bill parents who reject their own children? To effect real change, religious denominations that teach parents to discard their LGBT children should also be taxed. But that is probably impossible to do.”

—Bruce Robinson

“IHC does offer domestic partner benefits, but only after 12 months of living together. The cost of the benefits are $234 a month for just the partner, the employee/dependent cost is additional. That price is well out-of-reach for a significant portion of their employees, me included. IHC should not be applauded for domestic partner benefits until they are actually accessible.”
—Ben Visser

“Kids quickly learn not to report bullying incidents, because the school will do little or nothing to the bully, and next time the bullying will be worse.”
—John Schild

“My two cents: I think that even if the court may be inclined to uphold the Proposition 8 decision, the reasoning of some of the justices to accept the case would be to settle the case constitutionally. If they let the lower court decision hold without hearing the case, Proposition 8 would be overturned but a constitutional decision would not have been decided that would affect other states’ amendments – and so for the court to take the case is very meaningful – and I hope that is why most of them voted to hear the case. We will have to wait and see – we are used to disappointments, let’s hope not this time!”
—Michael Talbot

“Is it good news or bad news for marriage equality that the Supreme Court has decided to hear the Proposition 8 case? My thought is that, if the Supreme Court were inclined to agree that Prop. 8 is unconstitutional, they would have allowed the lower court rulings to stand and not messed with it. Does that they are going to hear it indicate that they’re inclined to over-rule the lower courts?”
—George Limberakis

“We need to talk, community members. In any family, wholeness and love and health come from healthy communication. And that’s what OUTreach Resource Center is providing: a place for members of the community to get together and rationally talk about and share information about issues where there are differing thoughts.”
—Peggy Bon

“I noticed that the Pride Center and the new senator commended the new Mormons and gays site. I am troubled by that. It is a fantasy land, dream world.”
—Ross Poore

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