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Hello everyone. My partner and I are considering relocating to St. George early next year. We met a gay couple on a cruise this summer who said that the area is on the brink of becoming a new hot spot for gays, kinda like Palm Springs, Ca and West Hollywood have become. Can anyone else out there confirm this trend? I visited the area a few years and went to Zion national park and fell in love with the beautiful scenery. We also like the Santa Fe style homes that we saw and the art shops around town. How do the locals and natives feel towards gays? Any comments would greatly be appreciated.
So Utah as a whole is not so accepting. You will find more resitance to it. St. George is not so forward as it is made out to be. I personally do not give a damn what orientation you are, but I'm not your typical Utahn. I have lived all over this counry in the past 27 years, and have been to most places on the planet. My best friend in San Francisco area where I recently moved back here from, was gay and had aides. I do know a few guys at one particular hair salon that are gay. If you choose to come this way, let me know and I will get you in contact with them direct. that way you can hear it first hand.
Hello and welcome! I have a lot of information for you. Salt Lake City, Utah is the place where there is much love and acceptance for the gay community. St. George City is located in the southern part of Utah and Salt Lake City is located in the northen part of Utah.
I recently moved her from Pasadena, CA and although I'm not gay, I have tons of friends and family members that are Gay and also Gay parents. In the last 3 years that I have been living here in St. George, I have met several gay people (although are much younger then I am but who cares) and we love to hang out and go do things. Usually we end up going to Mesquite and hit the casinos. Anyway, I was EXTEMELY SURPRISED when the movie "Brokeback Mountain" was showing here in St. George and there was a positive outcome of support when it was showing. The line was outside of the movie theater and the next showing was SOLD OUT. Well, glad to say I got my tickets in advance and was able to see the movie (which I loved). I turned around to see if my friends were there yet at the movies and couldn't believe that not only was it sold out but 90% of the people were all gay. I saw gay parents, gay friends, Lesbian women and it just seem like a big great "Gay bash" at the movies. There were few of us that are not gay but went to give our support to the gay community.
Here are some of the gay groups that are either in Salt Lake City or in St. George and Cedars City: Gay Mormon Boyz; Southern Utah Pride at Zion (group leader ask for Jared); Gay people for marriage and commitment; So. Utah Pride at Zion is coming up the weekend of 8/29-8/31 (best to check the website for information and ask for Jared) Also there is a magazine based in SLC called QSalt Lake which is a Utah Gay and Lesbian news entertainment Magazine. This group is heavily involved in the community producing Lagoon Day, Raging Waters, Gay Wendover weekend (Wendover is about 1.5 hrs from SLC and it's a casino town in the state of Nevada. It's the border of Utah and Nevada (lots of fun) There is also SLC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. They also sponsor dozen of organzations distributed over 200 locations including coffee shops, bookstores, restaurants and bars. Check qsaltlake.com for more information.
As for St. George it's not as open minded as SLC but my advise is that your speak and get in contact with the group leader Jared from SOUTHERN UTAH PRIDE AT ZION. I can't say to much about this forum since it's a little different to say the least. But thanks for speaking out and asking. St. George is beautiful and there is a gay community here but like I said talk directly to those who know better then some of us.
FYI...I am an advocate for the "Matthew Shepard Foundation". Actually there is a big fund going on now with many powerful people, actors, politicians and Matthew Shepards parents who are going to be there on Wilshire Blvd. If you'd like to help or give your support to this foundation check the Matthew Shepard's website for more details. Also, I was a volunteer for "Hands on Healing" This was hospice for those who were infected with AIDS and had no where to die.
I also have 2 family members that have been stricken with HIV/AIDS. One is gay and the other is a mother and her boyfriend was the one who transmitted the AIDS virus. She has been living with AIDS for over 20 years. GOD BLESS HER!
Well, if there is anything else that I can help you with, you can contact me through the this forum and click my name and you can send me a direct email for privacy or leave your response on this posting which is open for all to see. Who knows you may have just started something that needs support and awareness in St. George. I also can introduce you to my gay friends here from St. George (but they don't have Aids, not that it has anything to do with it). Also, I will be attending the Zion Gay Pride next weekend. I'd love to meet you! Cheers to life!
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St. George is not friendly towards homosexuality, they're really not friendly to much of anything. There are a number of gay people living here, mostly teenagers and college students. My wife is heavily involved in theatre here, and the artistic outlets would have the highest concentration of gays in the city. What you need to know is that most of the homosexuals in the area are/were LDS and have a strained relationship with family, (many are also experimenting as well with little intention of remaining gay) leading many to be ashamed of their orientation. If you are looking for a liberal, open-minded community you won't find it here, but you won't be alone in your lifestyle either.
There are many cities more friendly to gay people. Why bother coming to Utah? Go to Frisco or NY where you can live a happy lifestyle and get fun parades too. Often Gay people bring a leftist ideology which is better off in big cities where God and country take a back seat to sex and drugs. Hollywood ideals don't belong in Utah. C'mon you have 49 other states. Why can't people leave us alone? Or better yet fit in! We don't care what you are but we don't need it shoved in our faces every 5 minutes. As long as there are no civil penalties for being gay why is there a gay agenda and why do I have to hear about it all the time? I don't introduce myself as Joe the heterosexual Mormon. If I talk to you I shouldn't know in the first five minutes your gay. I don't care but I certainly don't need legislation to force me to care. So please why does everyone have to belong to a group and if you are in a group why do all the people not in the group want to change that group. THATS WHY IT'S A GROUP! Shouldnt we focus on bringing America together,a house divided and all that stuff? Oh now I'm homophobic. No I'm not. The fact you ask is it safe leads me to believe you have bias feeling toward me. Mormonphobic. Like we're a cult that want to erradicate homosexuality from the planet. Guess what our group does not prefer it in our group. We don't embrace it. It's our choice our free speech our personal rights to persue happiness. It's our right to religous freedom. If we were muslim you would be marching for our right to burn American flags. All of a sudden Sean Penn and Bruce Springsteen are the spokes people for America. I've had it. I love God and country and apparently thats a bad thing these days. What does that have to do with being gay? The gay agenda always seems to go way left to the point of America sucks,Christmas sucks,The president of the United States sucks,our troops suck but gay marriage is good for America. Why don't the gay voice help fix real issues like porn, poverty,drugs,racism, healthcare and not socialized medicine,attack on morals in general, attacks on God who by the way this country was founded .Why are we ashamed to speak english and fight to remain a christian based nation? Gays in general are part of the far left movement we are not. Thank God! ENOUGH ALREADY WE ARE LOSING OUR COUNTRY. Socialism here we come.
Don't take things that jmchzn has said too seriously. In the post above, he implies he's LDS but in previous posts, he's stated unequivocally he's agnostic and has no intention converting to any religion. Weigh carefully what individuals espouse on these types of forums and take all information you receive here and make decisions based upon your own assumptions.
There may be some gay people who live here, but I have yet to see an openly gay couple. For the most part I think you might get a Lot of stares, but I don't think that you would find people being cruel or anything like that. But, you won't find a lot of acceptance either.
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