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Utah County attorney flap, rising hate crimes and an LGBTQ ‘experiment’

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Cydney Carradonna, left, and Mirna Ibarra cuddle during a Mother’s Day social at Iowa House on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Iowa House is a weekly queer fellowship, started by Amanda Madden and Jade Swayne, who host a family-esque dinner in their backyard for other queer Utahns. The experiment has turned into a success and now there’s a waiting list for those hoping to join the community they’ve created.

Utah County Attorney David Leavitt calls on Sheriff Mike Smith to resign, saying the top cop may have tried to implicate him in a “ritualistic” sex ring investigation. Hate crimes against Utah’s LGBTQ community nearly doubled last year, with a big jump during Pride Month. And Iowa House, “an experiment in progress,” offers queer Utahns a place to be themselves over Sunday dinner.

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