When California voted to ban gay marriage, a large majority of gays and lesbians blamed Utah's LDS Church. They cried for a boycott of the state this year, hoping to hurt both ski and Film Fest tourism and punish Utah's economy. Looks like that won't happen anytime soon. Not only are scheduled gay ski weeks still on the calendar, but the Queer Lounge, a popular hotspot for both homosexuals and heterosexuals, just announced its return to Park City Jan. 15.
"To not do so would render the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community invisible at this critical entertainment industry gathering," said Neil Giuliano, the president of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), in a prepared statement. "Nothing would make our adversaries happier than if we were to render ourselves invisible."
He called Sundance "their single most important opportunity to ensure their stories about our community reach a broad audience."
The Queer Lounge, now in its sixth year, started as a place for the gay community to hang out during the Park City film festival. They also host parties and panel discussions during its 10-day tenure. This year, Ellen Huang, the founder and the program director of the Queer Lounge, told the Park Record they plan to arrange a panel that specifically deals with gay rights in light of Proposition 8. They have rented space at 608 Main Street and will be open through Jan. 21.