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Marina Gomberg
Marina Gomberg is a writer, an activist and a practiced optimist. She lives in Salt Lake City with her wife and three cats. Yep, three cats.

Entries by Marina Gomberg

New Course at the U. of Utah has Students 'Begging' for Change

(1) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:45 PM

2015-04-24-1429914291-490926-_DSC0830.JPGPhoto by Wendy Wischer

Panhandling took a different form in downtown Salt Lake City this past Earth Day when students from the University of Utah's Art, Action and the Environment class took to the streets. They had recycled cardboard signs in hand as they...

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The Power of Learned Optimism

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 8:59 PM

My wife, Elenor, and I are among the plaintiffs in one of Utah's two marriage equality lawsuits ping-ponging its way up the judicial system. Our case, Evans vs. Utah, which is led by the ACLU of Utah, is seeking the State's recognition of the roughly 1,300 couples who married this...

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An Open Letter to Our Young People

(4) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 10:25 AM


I grew up Jewish and gay in Utah. Needless to say, I know a little bit about what it means to feel different and disconnected. It's heavy. And can be dark. But I survived that time (albeit by the skin...

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My Grandma Is Usually Right

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 8:19 PM

My grandma called last week. She'd been clipping news stories about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans* (LGBT) movement's progress all over the country and had some questions for me.

In 2009 she'd traveled to Utah from Indiana to attend my commitment ceremony, and just a few months ago she'd...

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The Rise of the Allies

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 11:02 AM

The world is a quickly changing place. Think, even in just the last 50 years, the Civil Rights Act was passed, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, the Berlin Wall came down and the World Wide Web was created. We are arguably a more connected, more compassionate and more educated...

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Let's Teach Children How (Not Just What) to Think

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 4:40 PM


I was born to two educators, people who deeply believe in the responsibility and power of our schools to ready children for life. During their 60+ years of combined experience, they have had profound impacts on students, educational institutions and their...

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7 Truths About Utah's Anti-discrimination Bill

(2) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 10:49 AM

This year marks 50 years from the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a landmark piece of legislation protecting racial, ethnic and national minorities, people of faith and women from various forms of discrimination. And, as Utah's Legislative Session begins this week, the state's elected officials have the chance...

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What It Means to Be LGBTQ in Utah (And Why We'll Be OK)

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 5:29 PM

It's not easy to be different, nor is it easy to be patient, or disregarded, treated unfairly, misunderstood, left to fend for ourselves, even feared and hated. But that is or has been the experience of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people here in Utah.

At times the...

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Don't Be Scared: 8 Reasons Not to Fear Gay Marriage

(20) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Listen, I get it. The recent shift in Utah State law regarding marriage for same-sex couples has taken many by surprise. This includes the Utah State Attorney General's office, whose fumbling has certainly sent the conservative right spiraling with anxiety while hundreds and hundreds of same-sex couples married all over...

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