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May 2, 2015

Triumphant at a recent tournament in Toronto, the team from Montreal ACC are looking to the future.

The Phoques Fantastiques are the water polo team of LGBTI aquatics club Montreal ACC.

As they returned home, clutching the trophy for winning the recreational division at the 2015 Polopalooza tournament in Toronto, we spoke with coordinator François Lukawecki to discuss the secret to their success.

François, a great result for the team at Polopalooza?

April 6, 2015

The Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have used the church's 185th Annual General Convention to speak out against 'counterfeit lifestyles' that are outside of heterosexual marriage

Senior leaders of the Mormon religion, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, have used the church's annual gathering in Salt Lake City to double down on their opposition to same-sex couples being allowed to marry – labeling them 'counterfeit' relationships.

'We want our voice to be heard against all of the counterfeit and alternative lifestyles that try to replace the family organization that God Himself established,' Apostle L Tom Perry told the 185th Annual General Convention of his church.

March 5, 2015

Utah lawmakers have unveiled legislation to protect LGBT individuals against employment and housing discrimination while also protecting religious freedoms

Lawmakers in Utah are today discussing anti-discrimination legislation which they believe could keep both LGBTI campaigners happy and those with strongly held religious beliefs concerning homosexuality.

The proposed legislation, SB296, has receiving the backing of the Mormon church.

January 7, 2015

More than 70,000 people sign a petition to cancel the show

Media watchdog GLAAD has condemned a TLC special about gay Mormon men married to women as 'downright irresponsible' and 'dangerous.'

My Husband's Not Gay will air on Sunday (11 January) and sparked outrage when previews were released last month.

January 7, 2015

The Talk star reacts to TLC's My Husband's Not Gay

Gay actress and co-host of The Talk Sara Gilbert has said gay people should be allowed to try to live a 'straight lifestyle'.

Speaking on the daytime CBS talk show, she and the rest of her co-hosts were reacting to GLAAD's damning statement on the TLC show My Husband's Not Gay.

The show follows four men, all of whom live in Salt Lake City, are life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and have 'same-sex attraction' – but none of them identify as gay.

'This show is downright irresponsible,' said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.

December 23, 2014

'I'm attracted to my wife, for sure. And I'm definitely attracted to men too'

A new TLC special explores unconventional marriages between Mormons who are happily married to women but are also attracted to men.

The four men all live in Salt Lake City, are all life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and all have 'same-sex attraction' – but none of them identify as gay.

Pret has been married to Megan for almost nine years and they have two daughters together.

'I'm attracted to my wife, for sure. And I'm definitely attracted to men too,' Pret said in the preview for the show.

December 22, 2014

The Church of Latter Day Saints has acted quickly to amend a statement that led some to believe it was backing a nondiscrimination bill to protect gay people

The Mormon Church has issued a statement to clarify that it is not supporting a statewide LGBTQ non-discrimination bill in Utah – just two days after it made a statement that led some to think that it may do so.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 11, 2014

Officer did not want to be viewed as an advocate for gay pride

A Salt Lake City police officer who was suspended for allegedly refusing to provide traffic control for the Utah Pride Parade last weekend has quit his job.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had cited his religious beliefs for balking at the assignment that called for him to be among the Salt Lake City Police Department officers riding in front of the parade.

His attorney said he felt uncomfortable with that role, did not want to be seen as a gay pride advocate, and asked for another assignment.

June 7, 2014

'The vast majority of officers understand: When they put their badge on and come to work, they leave their personal beliefs at home, and we provide service to the community,' says police spokewoman

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing an assignment to work during the weekend’s gay pride parade.

Some 30 officers are scheduled to direct traffic control and provide security for the 120-entry parade on Sunday, and the officer in question would likely be involved in that capacity, according to media reports.

June 7, 2014

'The vast majority of officers understand: When they put their badge on and come to work, they leave their personal beliefs at home, and we provide service to the community,' says police spokewoman

An officer with the Salt Lake City Police Department has been put on paid administrative leave for reportedly refusing an assignment to work during the weekend’s gay pride parade.

Some 30 officers are scheduled to direct traffic control and provide security for the 120-entry parade on Sunday, and the officer in question would likely be involved in that capacity, according to media reports.

April 6, 2014

'While many governments and well-meaning individuals have redefined marriage, the Lord has not'

A leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints repeated the church's opposition to gay marriage.

Neil L. Andersen, of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke today (5 April) at the church's Salt Lake City biannual general conference.

February 17, 2014

'I think marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman. And I think the ideal setting for raising a child is in the setting where there's a father and a mother'

Mitt Romney, the Republican who ran against US President Barack Obama in 2012, remains opposed to marriage equality.

The man who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games was a guest on the the NBC Sunday news program Meet the Press.

From 2003 to 2007, Romney was governor of Massachusetts.

January 18, 2014

Speaking prior to the premiere of documentary 'To Be Takei', the Star Trek actor condemned Gov. Gary Herbert, likening his decision to not recognise same-sex marriages to 'tying to put toothpaste back in the tube'

Actor George Takei has condemned Utah govenor Gary Herbert’s decision not to recognise same-sex marriages performed in the state, calling him ‘mean’ for discriminating against over 1,300 married same-sex couples in the state.

Speaking in Salt Lake City, where he is promoting his latest film ‘To Be Takei’ at the Sundance film festival, the Star Trek actor let his feelings for the anti-gay governor of Utah be known.

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

January 12, 2014

Brothers Riley and Casey Hackford-Peer stand with their mothers, insisting they are a happy family

Twelve-year-old Riley Hackford-Peer, and his brother Casey, stood up for their mothers at a rally supporting same-sex marriage at the state capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Their mothers, Kim and Ruth Hackford-Peer, were married on December 20, 2013.

'I always said I imagined my moms getting married in Utah. On December 20 it happened. I saw my moms get married — in Utah,' Riley said at the 9 January demonstration, as Casey stood next to him. 'It felt like fireworks bursting in my heart...'

December 28, 2013

All counties in the state are now issuing licenses to same-sex couples

There's a gay marriage boom going on in Utah and only the US Supreme Court can stop it anytime soon.

In the week since a federal judge ruled that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional, nearly 1,000 same-sex couples have obtained marriage licenses, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.

October 8, 2013

Lawsuit alleges gays were considered too expensive to insure

Just last month, a Home Depot store in Salt Lake City got all kinds of attention when a video of a man proposing to his boyfriend in the lumber section amid a flash mob went viral.

Now the world's larget home improvement retailer is getting attention of a different sort.

A former employee is suing the company for $100,000 alleging he was fired from his job at a San Diego, California, store because he is gay.

September 16, 2013

The former professional football player spoke at a conference this weekend for gay and lesbian Mormons on how faith helped him in football and how he views the LGBT community

Ex-NFL star Steve Young said he views gays and lesbians as his brothers and sisters.

The married father of four spoke this weekend at a presentation in Salt Lake City, Utah, to 400 people in attendance for the group Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons.

According to the Affirmation website, the group serves to support 'LGBT Mormons, their families, and allies by encouraging spirituality, providing information resources, and working for inclusiveness and equality'.

September 13, 2013

Includes choreogaphed dance to Somebody Loves You by Betty Who

Their names are Dustin and Spencer and the moment they became engaged has gone viral.

Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party.

When he was taken to the lumber aisle, what he found waiting for him was a mob of friends and family as his marriage proposal unfolded to the song, Somebody Loves You by Betty Who.

Towards the end of the choreography and the music, Dustin's boyfriend Spencer emerged wearing a suit and carrying a ring.

September 13, 2013

Includes choreogaphed dance to Somebody Loves You by Betty Who

Their names are Dustin and Spencer and the moment they became engaged has gone viral.

Dustin arrived at the Home Depot in Salt Lake City thinking he was there to help his roommate pick out some lighting for a party.

When he was taken to the lumber aisle, what he found waiting for him was a mob of friends and family as his marriage proposal unfolded to the song, Somebody Loves You by Betty Who.

Towards the end of the choreography and the music, Dustin's boyfriend Spencer emerged wearing a suit and carrying a ring.

June 3, 2013

400 Mormons marched in yesterday’s Utah Pride Parade and around a dozen boy scouts marched in their uniforms despite being told they were banned from doing so

A group of 400 Mormon allies of the LGBT community was cheered by tens of thousands of spectators at yesterday’s Utah Pride Parade in Salt Lake City.

Members of the Mormons Building Bridges group marched with placards marked with their family names in line with the group’s 2013 theme of Family Reunion.

One family who marched had four different generations of their family present from great-grandmother down to great-granddaughter.

May 11, 2013

Show focused on gay couple having a baby with surrogate mother

NBC on Friday (10 May) cancelled its gay-themed comedy The New Normal after one season.

Ratings never really took off for the Ryan Murphy-produced show which sometimes had storylines that reflected real life with marriage equality currently a front-burner issue in the US.

December 15, 2012

Utah public radio station profiles new LGBT Mormon choir

Yesterday (14 December), Utah's public radio station, KUER, profiled One Voice Choir. The 15 member group is open to gays, lesbians, and Mormons.

Bryan Horn, the group's musical director, explained why the ensemble was developed.