Kitchen wins Democratic primary in Utah, final tally shows

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ABOVE: Salt Lake City’s Derek Kitchen won a seat in the Utah Senate. Photo courtesy of Kitchen’s Facebook page. 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen has been declared the winner of his Democratic primary race for a Utah Senate seat representing one of the state’s rare left-leaning districts.

The Salt Lake County Clerk released final results Tuesday showing 29-year-old Kitchen won the race by 5 percentage points over physician Jennifer Plumb.

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Salt Lake City councilman edges closer to win in Democratic primary in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen, whose lawsuit overturned Utah’s prohibition on same-sex marriage, edged closer to victory Friday in his Democratic primary race in one of the state Senate’s few liberal districts.

Updated vote results showed Kitchen’s lead had widened over physician Jennifer Plumb and could be insurmountable, Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said.

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Bill to create way to change gender designation clears Utah panel

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A panel of Utah lawmakers approved a Republican senator’s plan Monday to create a process for transgender people to legally change their gender designation through the courts, though not without some disagreement.

The LGBT rights group Equality Utah said they’re concerned about some revisions in the bill, including a section that requires a person to live in state to make the change.

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Two transgender Utah residents want sex designation on IDs changed

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two transgender Utah residents, who have been denied a change in their sex designation on their driver’s licenses by a state judge, are asking the Utah Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Angie Rice and Sean Childers-Gray both have driver’s licenses and insurance cards that have their new names, but still bear the sex designations that were assigned to them at birth.

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Hundreds of Utah’s LGBTQ youth to gather at statewide summit

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Hundreds of Utah LGBTQ students are scheduled to meet up for a statewide summit in Orem next month to find solidarity and discuss issues like bullying and educational and career advancement.

The event, called Ignite, aims to bring together LGBTQ teens from Utah’s rural and urban areas and those involved in gay-straight alliance organizations.

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LGBTQ resource center excluded from Utah July 4 parade

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A Utah LGBTQ resource center says it was excluded from participating in a July Fourth parade in the city of Provo because organizers decided the nonprofit was an advocacy group.

Stephenie Larsen, executive director of the Provo-based nonprofit Encircle, says organizers of the America’s Freedom Festival parade in Provo told her July 3 that her group could not participate.

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Law criminalizing online harassment may be unconstitutional

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Utah lawmakers say they hope a new, unique law cuts down on the expanding and increasingly troubling forms of cyber harassment by giving authorities the ability to send the online bullies to jail.

But some lawyers and a libertarian-leaning group say they are concerned with the law’s vague language, which they say could be unconstitutional and apply to innocuous, normal online behavior such as criticizing a neighbor’s choice of house paint.

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Utah transgender candidate to run for Congress

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Democrat Misty Snow announced April 13 she will take aim again at becoming the first openly transgender woman elected in Utah.

Snow said she will challenge U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart in the state’s 2nd Congressional District in 2018.

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Utah bill protecting LGBTQ from getting kicked out of homes stalls

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A proposal that would have precluded parents from defending themselves against child endangerment charges if they kick a kid out for being LGBTQ stalled in a committee hearing March 6.

Lawmakers in a House judiciary committee meeting highlighted a wide array of concerns they had with the bill, including that it would push government regulation on families and that the legislation isn’t needed.

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Utah moves to toss school ban on ‘advocacy of homosexuality’

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP)- Utah lawmakers took the first step Tuesday to get rid of a state law that bans the “advocacy of homosexuality” in schools, a move driven by a court challenge from gay rights groups.

The Senate Education Committee voted unanimously in favor of a Republican bill cutting the phrase from sex education law. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Equality Utah sued last fall, saying the law creates a “chilling culture of silence that stigmatizes LGBTQ students” and exists only to express disapproval of being gay.

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Spurred by election results, LGBT support campaign launched

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Pride Center is launching a campaign to show support for the state’s LGBT community in wake of the presidential election.

The organization said in a news release Monday that it will distribute 25,000 wristbands as part of a campaign called, “We see you and we love you.” The wristbands will include how to help people struggling with their identity.

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LGBTQ BYU students explain why they chose to attend and stay

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PROVO, Utah (AP) — David Delbar is used to people asking why he’s still at Brigham Young University.

For BYU students who belong to the LGBTQ community, it’s an easy question to answer.

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