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Jane Marquardt is a activist, grandmother, attorney, seeker of good health, writer, and occasional Huffington Post contributor.


Bastian encourages us to tell our personal stories

Last week, I had the privilege of introducing Tami’s and my good friend, Bruce Bastian at the Peace and Possibility Speakers Series at Weber State University. If we look back over the last 25 years of progress made in Utah on issues involving civil rights, and in particular LGBTQ rights,  a whole lot of that progress has been pushed, prodded and carried by the work of one individual.   That individual is Bruce Bastian.   Tami and I are eyewitnesses to many of the ups and downs and ins and outs of this journey.    Whatever the particular issue, often the driving question was – and still is - “what does Bruce say?” Not only has he made things happen with his donations, he takes an active role in helping set policy.

Quiet Heroes chosen as official sundance film

In the mid 1980s, Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder’s work inspired me to offer legal services to patients with HIV/AIDS.   Tami and I are proud of the support we have given to the University of Utah’s Dr. Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder Permanent Collection.  The story of Kristen Ries and Maggie Snyder is an important part of Utah’s history.  In the 1980s when HIV first came on the scene, patients who contracted the virus had a life expectancy of one year.  Kristen and Maggie often spent their weekends holding the hands of patients who were dying.   They were the only option for help for hundreds of patients; Snyder and Ries have kept their stories in scrapbooks and notebooks through the years. 


huffington post: With a little help from my friends

When the Beatles first released the song With a Little Help from my Friends, I was almost 16 years old. Now, at age 65, my oldest grandchild is almost 16 years old. If there is one thing I really want to impress upon him, it is to pay special attention to those friendships he is now making in high school. (I would also tell him to study hard and cultivate his athletic skills, but he already does that, so it’s the “hang onto your friends” skill that I want to emphasize.)...


Peace. Love. Opportunity.

The specific notion of equality extends beyond just fair treatment under the law and into the realm of equal access to opportunities for all people to achieve their full potential.