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Jesse Walker grew up Mormon and gay in an Idaho town, so his visits to the nearest metropolis, Salt Lake City, offered him a glimpse of hope at a real future as an out man. Part of that story for Walker is his ex-wife, whom he was living with in Salt Lake City when he came out to her at As an artist and a DJ, Walker has been very connected to gay life in the city, he said, and the explosion of youth culture there has helped create an overall more accepting environment. With 4. San Francisco and Portland secured the No. In , the city ranked 39th.
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With this map I've located the businesses and public spaces that catered to the gay community in Salt Lake City during the s, the decade when the Gay Rights movement began to make inroads nationally and locally. Of course, Salt Lake has always had a gay community; there have always been human beings in Utah who formed intimate relationships with members of the same sex in their righteous longing for love, companionship, and happiness. Unlike other larger port cities, Salt Lake has long been isolated, which resulted in a different growth pattern; indeed, the settlers who arrived in the 19th century considered isolation a virtue.