Category: Opinions

Understanding sexuality in a religious community 

Equality Utah sued the Utah State Board of Education Oct. 24, 2016 in order to repeal “no promo homo” laws. It wasn’t until Oct. 5, 2017 that the lawsuit was settled by the U.S. District Court. This lawsuit declared these “no promo homo” laws unconstitutional. The settlement requires public and charter schools to revise old sex education laws and to also include safety plans and resources for LGBT students. Even though the repeal of older sex education laws is a legal success, this settlement doesn’t keep teachers from discriminating against students or guarantee  that cultural misunderstandings about sexuality and gender will open up. Living in a predominantly religious community where some believe that marriage exists only between a man and woman is one challenge for someone who does not fit that norm. Cultural expectations about abstaining from any sexual activity before marriage is another. Nathan Roundy, a political science major who identifies as a gay cisgender male, said that one way people can lessen discrimination is to first self-reflect. Roundy said that one of the problems with people’s lack of understanding is that so any people in Utah County and the state do not check their prejudice and think about why they might feel uncomfortable. “I think we need to move beyond looking at another person and saying ‘your behavior, your skin color, your sexuality or your gender presentation...

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It’s lights out for Hatch

Hatch is a “fighter” for his own interests We weren’t even a week into 2018 when it was announced that Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the longest running senator in U.S. history, announced he would not be seeking re-election in 2018. In a video statement posted Jan. 2, Hatch recounted President Trump calling him a fighter. “I’ve always been a fighter,” Hatch said in the video. “I was an amateur boxer in my youth, and I brought that fighting spirit with me to Washington. But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time...

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