SLTRIB: Does having too many sex partners contribute to high suicide rates in the LGBTQ community? One new Salt Lake County Republican Party leader thinks so.

This willfully ignorant, harmful speech is inexcusable, particularly from a political figure. Perpetuating outdated stereotypes is no way to support a community that already faces so many challenges in our state. Mr. Robinson demonstrates no genuine desire to build bridges or create change by making these types of baseless statements.

I sincerely hope Republican leaders will take steps to publicly condemn these actions, and work to demonstrate a genuine commitment to building bridges with the LGBTQIA+ community. Personally, I’m looking forward to working on evidence-based problem solving and getting legislation passed that saves lives.