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Utah’s Lesbian Rep. Christine Johnson Is Done With Lawmaking + Baby Making. Now, Equality

Certainly the Utah State House is going to miss Democratic Rep. Christine Johnson, the lesbian official who once snuck a gay poem onto the House floor, as she decamps to head up South Carolina’s leading LGBT equality group.

You’ll remember Johnson for carrying a child for two anonymous gay men. She gave birth this month! It’s a boy! And it’s biologically hers, although appropriately she’s maintaining only a “aunt-like relationship” with the child. (Johnson has an 18-year-old college-bound daughter of her own.)

So with that out of the way, Johnson is leaving Utah after serving four years as a legislator, where she pushed for the regular queer things, like anti-discrimination measures. (They never took.) She’s headed for South Carolina, where she’ll take the post of executive director of South Carolina Equality on July 1.

G’luck, lady!

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7 Comments

  • Syl

    Johnson was a rare gem of a politician: one with guts and character. I can’t imagine what i must have been like, being a queer Republican politician in Utah of all places!

  • PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS

    So I am guessing with her leaving Utah, the Lesbian population of the state is now zero???? :-P

  • jeffree

    Can’t say that I blame her for wanting to leave Utah! Good luck in NC, Christine!

  • jeffree

    Ooops, SC!

  • vivisima

    I don’t know. Between South Carolina and Utah, I’d stay in Utah. But she knows what’s best for her…

  • Gay in SLC

    Johnson worked hard, unlike some other gay politicians in the legislature. She showed us how to live happily and honestly as a lesbian and I will miss her bravery.

    Though South Carolina is also conservative we need leaders to step into those climates and rattle the cages of the conservatives. I SC appreciates what they are getting and treats her well.

    Best of luck, Chris. We’ll miss you in Utah.

  • jeffree

    I would feel much better about the orgs within Big Gay Inc. if one of them had the good sense to hire a person with her legislative background & strength of character.

    @GAY IN SLC: Nicely put ! She’s brave to go to another conservative state.

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