poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Monday, July 12, 2004

'Queers Kick Ash' campaign loses state funding
By Mike Cronin
The Salt Lake Tribune

    For eight months, the "Queers Kick Ash" campaign hummed along, spreading its anti-tobacco message to Utah's gay and lesbian community with help from a state grant.
During that time, records show the Utah Department of Health routinely approved and funded promotional materials -- posters, banners, T-shirts, newspaper ads, even a Web site -- for the campaign by the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Utah. Then, in mid-May, several students were disciplined at Hillcrest High for wearing "Queers Kick Ash" T-shirts.

    A few weeks later, the Health Department yanked the funding -- an expected $200,000 over the next two years -- and the anti-tobacco campaign fizzled. Ever since then, the community center has wondered why it lost the funding.

    "We've made phone calls, mailed letters and sent faxes -- and nothing," said Tami Marquardt, the center's acting executive director. "They haven't had the courtesy or the public decency to give us an answer. I don't know why they won't talk to anyone if this is all aboveboard. This is nothing but a homophobic cover-up. It's discrimination, pure and simple."


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