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Jane Marquardt is a activist, grandmother, attorney, seeker of good health, writer, and occasional Huffington Post contributor.

 
 
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Quiet Heroes wins Daytime Emmy

The documentary film by Jenny Mackenzie and Jared Ruga that tells the incredible story of Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder recently won a Daytime Emmy. Quiet Heroes won the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special. The film explores how Utah’s religious culture complicated the AIDS crisis in Salt Lake City, and Reis’ and Snyder’s care and compassion for AIDS patients at a time when people living with AIDS weren’t shown these basic human considerations.

In the mid 1980s, Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder’s work inspired me to offer legal services to patients with HIV/AIDS. Tami and I are proud of the support we have given to the University of Utah’s Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder Permanent Collection.

‘and Justice for all” CELEBRATES 20 years

Last week, “and Justice for all” celebrated their 20 year anniversary at the 2019 Justice Rising Breakfast. 

This year the breakfast had over 600 attendees, and gave Justice Visionary Awards to the Utah Bar Foundation, the Utah State Bar, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the George S and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.  

 “and Justice for all” was started in 1999 as a collaborative partnership program between Utah’s largest providers of civil legal aid – Utah Legal Services, Disability Law Center, and Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake.  They undertook this collaboration with a mission to increase awareness to civil legal services for the disadvantaged and for individuals with disabilities in Utah. 

 
 

For the know not what they do - world premier

Last week, Tami and I had the privilege of attending the world premiere of our friend Daniel Karslake’s new film, For They Know Not What They Do. Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, Dan once again demonstrated that he has a unique gift in making films that have the ability to change minds and hearts.  Dan’s films reach deep into the U.S. conservative religious community and poignantly point out what happens when traditional beliefs encounter actual lives. (See his prior film, For The Bible Tells Me So.)  This new film tells the stories of four families trying to follow their traditional religious teachings while realizing they have a gay or transgender child. 

 We cried, we laughed, we learned as we watched the premiere with some of the families profiled in the film. Along with the tragedies presented by a family that lost their gay son, and a young gay man who lost some of his friends due to anti-gay violence, the film also presents lessons of hope and redemption.  For any family struggling to understand their child’s sexual orientation or gender identity, my hope is that you have the opportunity to watch this film.  It could literally save your child’s life – and maybe your life too.

 

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