Salt Lake Acting Company’s (SLAC) theater is housed in a 130-year-old former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ward house, which both adds character and creates limitations in accessibility. Although making the building more accessible by installing an elevator to the Upstairs Theatre was a dream, the building’s age “always seemed like an excuse not to,” says Cynthia Fleming, SLAC’s Executive Artistic Director. However, through its partnerships with ASSIST Inc Community Design Center and cityhomeCOLLECTIVE, they used the pandemic-related shutdowns to “build back and build better” and make these dreams come true, Fleming says.
The twin cities of Colorado City (Arizona) and Hildale (Utah) have been known as the home for The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS) and other fundamental-practicing Mormons for over a century. Even though their reputation is changing, this notoriety means many people may be shocked to learn that this area—dubbed “Short Creek”—is also home to a self-proclaimed “adopted Utah brewery” less than one mile across the Arizona border.
For Jacob Buck, playing sports means more than just staying active. He says many LGTBQ+ youth are excluded from sports and consequently lose out on an opportunity to exercise and develop leadership, teamwork and communication skills. So when he joined the Chicago chapter of Stonewall Sports as an adult, Buck says the nonprofit LGBTQ+ sports league became a safe space where he could be active, have fun and meet new people.
But, she said, the ensuing months-long Title IX investigation at Westminster College — which fell far outside guidelines for resolving complaints from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) — may have come close.