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Threatened by Cancer, Cushing’s and Expenses

Moms for Equality Founder and LGBTQ Activist, Linda Stay’s future is being threatened by aggressive Breast Cancer, Cushing’s Disease and the lack of funds needed to have victory over them.  Please contribute what you can today and encourage others to donate also so Linda can have the best lifesaving outcome today as well as the best quality of life in the years to come.

We are only at 29% of our fundraising needs. Please donate at her site today:
http://www.youcaring.com/lindaLindaUSA

2015 Southern Utah Equality Celebration



Because of Linda’s health, she was not able to make the trip to our daughters graduation at the University of Utah the day before the event, so the universe conspired and got a picture of Mylinda, giving her mom the “I Love You” sign, on the front page of the Salt Lake Tribune.
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She was able to pace herself well and be at the 300+ person event she was in charge of Fri & Sat nights. Saturday’s evening event started with a 30 minute downpour, but as soon as Linda arrived and we took this picture, the sun came out, a rainbow appeared, I wiped the moisture off my glasses & we ditched the umbrella.
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It was an inspiring and successful event, that included her favorite spoken word artist, Andrea Gibson, followed by a beautiful Mothers Day on Sunday with 6 of our 9 children in town. 10685539_1613845505494331_1905122218061464523_n 11259207_10206569419896156_9018479227147918716_n10924770_1613845735494308_4408774886880475050_n

Tuesday was her 2nd round of chemo, after doing her 1st IV immune boost on Monday. Thanks to your generosity, she had two more immune boost this week.
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She’s feeling a bit tired and nauseated but is still her optimistic self and we are committed to keeping her out of the hospital this round.

If you feel the pull to assist us financially in giving Linda the best lifesaving outcome today and the best quality of life in the years to come, please visit Linda’s fundraising website at www.YouCaring.com/linda

Thanks again for all the love and light we feel shining our way.

With Love, Steve

The 5th Annual Southern Utah Equality Celebration is Almost Here

It is almost time for our 5th Annual Southern Utah Equality Celebration. The theme this year is “Say Yes” and it’s taking place on May 9th at 6:30pm in Kayenta, Utah.

It has been such an honor to be Equality Utah’s event organizer for this these last 5 years. Our small conservative community is a much more welcoming place for our LGBTQ children as a result of the work done and made possible as a result of this beautiful event.

Purchase your tickets or table today. It’s not too late to become a sponsor of the event.

Poet Andrea Gibson will be this year’s keynote speaker, and she will bring her amazing voice and talent to this year’s festivities. We have a lot to celebrate this year, so please join us in Kayenta for an unforgettable night under the stars.

Thanks for all your support and encouragement these last 5 years,

Linda Stay

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TO JOIN THE EQUALITY CELEBRATION ON MAY 9TH
Call 801-355-3479 or click here to buy tickets!

Please help Moms For Equality founder Linda Stay be victorious over an aggressive Breast Cancer

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Linda gives so much to all those around her, now it is our chance to give to her. Please show your support by sharing and donating at her fundraising website: www.YouCaring.com/linda

1- Post a personal message of what knowing Linda has meant to you in the “Comment” section. Leave the box checked to also post it on Facebook.

2- Spread the word by sending emails to family and friends, and posting on Facebook, Twitter & Google+ directly from the www.YouCaring.com/linda website. Make sure to include a personal message about why you are supporting Linda.

3- Make a donation of any size, as people seeing others donate increases the number of people willing to donate. If you need or want to mail your donation, the address information is on the site.

15 Minutes of Fame on FoxNews.com

We are amazed at how powerful FoxNews.com makes Linda sound, a mom standing up for her kids, in this article.

Be sure to check out the venomous comments about Linda by Fox News readers.  We keep looking for one by Glen Beck.  Add one of your own!

We love who you are,

Steve & Linda

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New Documentary Exposes Mormon Church’s Alleged Secret Involvement in Passage of Proposition 8

By Hollie McKay

Published July 16, 2010

| FoxNews.com

Linda Stay joined forces with filmmaker Reed Cowan to detail the prominent role the Mormons played in the reinstatement of Prop 8 in the new documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition.”

Following a lengthy investigation, California’s Fair Political Practices Commission ordered The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints last month to pay a $5,539 fine for failing to accurately report $37,000 in contributions to the victorious effort to pass Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in California in 2008.

One of the key figures behind exposing the Church was Linda Stay, whose ancestor was a founding member. But Stay parted ways with the Church in 2008, and later joined forces with filmmaker Reed Cowan to detail the prominent role the Mormons played in the reinstatement of Prop 8 in the new documentary “8: The Mormon Proposition”, which is narrated by Oscar-winning “Milk” writer, Lance Dustin Black.

“The documents we exposed really started a lot of activity; I believe that certainly the film did play a part in bringing to light what the Church did. Audiences have been shocked – members of the Church knew it was involved in so many ways, but they had no idea about the extent of the involvement,” Stay, who has a gay son and lesbian daughter as well as seven other children, told Pop Tarts. “I hope this sends a message loud and clear.”

A spokesperson for the Mormon Church said they had not seen the film.

“We have not seen ‘8: The Mormon Proposition.’ However, judging from the trailer and background material online, it appears that accuracy and truth are rare commodities in this film,” Kim Farah, a representative for the LDS Church told us. “Clearly, anyone looking for balance and thoughtful discussion of a serious topic will need to look elsewhere.”

In their defense, the LDS Church stated that the violations were unintentional and that the Church mistakenly overlooked the daily reporting requirement and instead reported those contributions together in a later filing.

Cowan initially intended to make a documentary on the issue of gay homelessness and suicide in Utah, but soon realized that, in his opinion, the homophobia that propels otherwise loving parents to kick their teens out of home is deeply entrenched in Mormon ideology.  He and Stay have also sought to illuminate what they believe to be hypocrisy embedded in the Church’s act of funneling money in the campaign to fight the legalization of same sex marriage.

“As a Mormon, I knew the Church’s stand on homosexuality,” Stay said.  “We weren’t expecting them to change that, but for them to aggressively promote and create ads preaching that religions would lose their freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, that they would have to marry gays in their temples, swayed the whole proposition.”

After a limited theatrical release, “8” was released on DVD this week, and Stay is now urging Mormons to stand up to the Church and its strong stance against marriage equality for gays and lesbians.

But, not surprisingly, a number of members are less-than-impressed with the documentary.

“The director has certainly received some hate mail,” Stay said.  We’ve received some derogatory statements from people. And that’s to be expected.”

But negative feedback is no deterrent for Stay, who has set up her own website MomsForEquality.com and is in the process of writing a book in the quest for “spiritual equality” across the entire nation.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2010/07/16/new-documentary-follows-mormon-churchs-involvement-passage-proposition/

After 8:, What do we do now?

We have been on a whirlwind tour with 8: The Mormon Proposition to Los Angeles, San Diego, Salt Lake City

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and tomorrow, San Francisco for the screening on June 18th.  The response has been remarkable.  The press is very interested with the timing of the ruling against the LDS Church and the resumption of the federal case on Proposition 8 it appears the universe has a mission for this film.

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The most asked question at film festival Q&A sessions is “What can we do now?”

If we are going to hold the Mormon Church and other religions accountable, we must share this information exposed in this film.  Knowledge is power.  We hear it again and again, “I had no idea this was happening.”  Voters need to be educated.  It doesn’t matter where you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage.  The fact that a powerful coalition was able to sway a vote and stay completely anonymous should be illegal and is certainly unethical.

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Join the Facebook Event page and commit to sharing 8:  The Mormon Proposition.  Start planning to personally share this film with those closest to you, and talk about it afterwards! See it together at the theater or in your homes through Video on Demand starting June 18th. Please share your ideas and results.  It is creating dialogue that leads to understanding which leads to change.  Change is good!


Opening June 18

Atlanta – Landmark Midtown Art Cinema
Boston – The Coolidge Corner Theater
Chicago – Gene Siskel Film Center
Dallas – Angelika Dallas
Ft. Lauderdale – Gateway
Honolulu – Kahala 8 Theater
Houston – Angelika Houston
New York City – Village East Cinema, Chelsea Clearview
Los Angeles – Laemmle’s Sunset Five
Palm Springs – Camelot Theaters
Scottsdale/Phoenix – Harkins Camelview 5
Salt Lake City – Tower Theater
San Diego- Reading Theater- Gaslamp 15
Spokane – Magic Lantern Theater
Washington, DC – AFI Silver Springs

Opening June 25

San Francisco – Presidio Theater
San Francisco – Sundance Kabuki Theater
Berkeley – Rialto Elmwood Berkeley
Santa Rosa – Rialto Cinemas Lakeside

Opening July 2

Denver – Film Society at Starz Film Center

8: The Mormon Proposition Festival Screenings

Here are some festivals “8: The Mormon Proposition” is playing at before the theatrical release on June 18th:

Saturday, May 29 at 7:15pm
Tuesday, June 1 at 7:25pm
Jacob Burns/Out at the Movies     Jacob Burns Film Center Theater
364 Manville Road  Pleasantville, NY 10570

Sunday, May 30 at 12:30pm
Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
The Honolulu Academy of Art:  Doris Duke Theatre
900 South Beretania Street   Honolulu, HI 96814

Sunday, May 30, 2010, 3:00pm
Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Cinestudio Theater, Trinity College   Hartford, CT

Friday, June 4th, 7pm
Portland QDoc        Clinton Street Theater
2522 SE Clinton Street

Saturday, June 5, 5:30pm
NewFest/NY       SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd St   New York, NY 10011 (between Eighth and Ninth)

Monday, June 7, 7:00 pm
and Tuesday, June 8, 4:15 pm
Seattle International Film Festival     Egyptian Theatre (both screenings)
801 East Pine Street       Seattle, WA 98122-3837

Thursday, June 10, 8pm
deadCENTER Film Festival       Kerr Auditorium
123 Robert S Kerr
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Friday, June 11 at 7:30pm
Damn These Heels LGBT Film Festival     The Tower Theatre
876 E. 900 S.      Salt Lake City, UT 84105

Friday, June 18, 7:00pm
Frameline San Francisco         Victoria Theater,
2961 16th Street     San Francisco, CA 94103-3633

Thursday, June 17th noon
and Saturday, June 19 at noon
Crown & Anchor      Provincetown Film Festival

8: The Mormon Proposition – What it is, What it isn’t

The bumper sticker said it well: “Focus on Your Own Damn Family.”

8: The Mormon Proposition, reflects the efforts of those that created it and us that are in it, to hold OUR former church accountable for the pain they knowingly inflicted on OUR families and the LGBT community.

– The documentary IS NOT about disagreeing with the church’s moral standards or their right to spend their money on issues they feel are important.

– It IS about hypocrisy; how the leaders of a church (that says it is all about “being honest in our dealings with our fellow men”), knowingly created and funded dishonest ads to promote their own moral agenda; and (by their own admissions) hid their involvement.  The Church stated in their own documents, that if the voters knew the extent of the church’s involvement, it would negatively impact the vote.

– This documentary does not claim that the LDS Church did this alone, even though at its strong urging, its members (only 2% of the voters) donated over 70% of the money contributed and over 90% of the volunteer efforts.

We know that when most members of the LDS Church see this film they will be shocked at what their leaders did, and a few scary fanatics will sternly defend their leaders rights to use lies,  deception, or ??? in the name of God.  “It’s better that one man should parish (be killed) than a whole nation dwindle in unbelief.” Book of Mormon 1 Nephi 4

We would hope the displeased members of other groups, be they Catholic, Protestant, African American, Latino, Baptist…, would hold their leaders accountable as well.

Anyone feeling to criticize it should see it first, as they will find as Variety’s review states: “8” actually spends more time trying to humanize homosexuals than to demonize those who hate them.

It opens in selected cities June 18th, and on VOD.  Available on DVD July 6th.

Watch the NEW trailer: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/8themormonproposition/