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Conference on hate crimes opens Friday

Hate crimes and how they affect a community will be the topic of the keynote discussion at the Intermountain Conference on Homosexuality to be held in Salt Lake City at Little America Hotel on Friday and Saturday, June 11 and 12.

The talk will be given by Tom Ammiano, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He'll be joined by Jonathan Moscone, son of San Francisco's former mayor, George Moscone, and Paul Beeman, president of the International PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays).In 1978, Mayor George Moscone was assassinated along with Harvey Milk, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The speakers will share their perspectives on that crime.

Saturday workshops will include workshops on health issues, rights and responsibilities of same-sex relationships and visibility issues for families with homosexual members. Local speakers include physicians Kristen Reis and Todd Mangum. The conference will conclude with a Gay Pride Parade beginning at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 13. To register or for more information call Gerry Johnston, (801) 568-1141.