6 questions on Pride with Utah Gov. Spencer Cox

Individuals hold up signs during the Rainbow March along State Street and 900 South headed to Liberty Park in Salt Lake City on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox recently answered 6 questions about why he officially designated the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month and what more should be done for the LGBTQ+ community. | Annie Barker, Deseret News

‘Put yourself in the shoes of the people that you’re attacking,’ Gov. Spencer Cox says of intolerance

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox last week officially designated the month of June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month — the first such statewide designation in Utah’s history.

The Republican farmer from rural Sanpete County began his first year in office as governor with a call for civility amid a time of political polarization, what Cox described during his inauguration ceremony as a national “crisis of empathy” and a “scourge of contempt.”

Cox has long been a supporter of the LGBTQ+ community. Before he was elected governor, he made national headlines for an emotional 2016 speech he gave at a Salt Lake City vigil to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub massacre, a shooting at


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