Today the Deseret News published a “My View” letter written by Utah’s own Mrs. Gayle Ruzika. You can read her letter here. (If you don’t know who she is, Google her name. She is no friend to the LGBT community.)
A person sent me the link to the article and asked for my thoughts. Below is my reply. Continue reading →
A few months ago the people at Rational Faith asked me to create a timeline that tracked the issue of homosexuality within Mormonism. I knew it would be a time consuming task but I knew it would be mostly a work of synthesis, meaning the information was already available online and in books, I just had to compile it.
I wrote the post and sent it off last summer and forgot that it would be posted in November. When it when up I realized my citations were not included and I take full responsibility for that. I had created sources in a second document because at the time I made the timeline, I had not decided how I was going to cite sources. I realized when the post went up that I had not resolved that, so I quickly added footnotes and crossed checked the information.
As I say in the intro to the timeline, it is by no means exhaustive. Some of the first comments criticized the timeline for not including more recent developments. To this I said, “This list is more of a survey of events throughout the 20th century, that I, as the author, deemed important. I hope that that is totally obvious. I have not tried to hide anything, I have tried to shed light on events, statements, and political developments that have been forgotten, but that are essential to know.”
To create a list like this I am indebted to a few people. First, Connell O’Donovan and his extensive and thorough research about homosexuality within Mormonism is a treasure. Second, D. Michael Quinn for the same reasons. His books have proven time and time again to be invaluable resources, and finally, Ben Williams for his work in preserving and archiving so much of the Gay Rights movement in Utah. They deserve our gratitude.
The post can be read here
By chance I saw a post on Facebook a few months ago about a new project called Mapping SLC. The idea was to create a community-written atlas of Salt Lake City that maps the city’s changing histories and people through art, writing, and multi-media projects.
So I of course jumped at the opportunity to participate.
I wrote a piece called “Salt Lake is a Gay Ol’ Town!” and mapped the gay bars and gay owned or gay friendly businesses in Salt Lake during the 1970s. Then I made a map to illustrate where all these places were. I plan to continue this project in to the 80s and 90s to see the change over time, specifically, as the places where the gay community met were systematically demolished.
You can read the post here.
Read Part 1 here.
So much more of South Temple to see!
This is the Ferguson/Hall House, next to the Keith Mansion, is located at 551 E South Temple. Jeannette Sharp Ferguson and her husband Fergus Ferguson, brother of Mary Keith (the wife of David Keith) buit this house in 1898. The house has many characteristics of the Queen Anne and Colonial styles that had become popular in Utah in the 1890s. Notice the varied window shapes, the octagonal corner bay window with a dome, a columned porch, bracket cornices and a wood-shingled second story atop a brick base. Judge William C. Hall, a Confederate soldier from Kentucky made this his house in 1898. Hall moved to Utah in 1872 where he became a prominent mining attorney and judge. Continue reading →
South Temple, once nicknamed Brigham Street, is the Grand Boulevard of Salt Lake and has been from the founding of the city. Brigham Young built the Lion House for his many wives and children as well as his own residence, the Beehive House, on the corner of South Temple and State Street. Young also built the Gardo House, called Amelia’s Palace for one of his wives on South Temple, practically across the street from Temple Square. Unfortunately, the city demolished this opulent, gorgeous mansion in the 1920s. (I have a theory why, but it’s a post for another day.)
Giant trees line South Temple, as do many remaining mansions that served as the residences for some of Salt Lake’s most prestigious and wealthiest citizens.
I live in a building constructed on South Temple in 1902. Mr. Brigham Young is buried in the backyard. Seriously. The area is a park, complete with a bust of Young and a statue of him reading to children. The setting is rather lovely and I go there to read.
I love living on South Temple and I walk past these buildings daily. Tonight I took my camera and snapped some photos of the magnificent buildings along South Temple to share with the world the beauty of my neighborhood and this city I now call home.
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