Mormons and Republicans have always had to share the capital city with a variety of renegade communities. In the late 1800s, Brigham Morris Young, the 35th son of frontier prophet Brigham Young, entertained Mormon audiences across Utah with his cross-dressing alter ego Madam Pattirini. In the early 1900s, the Industrial Workers of the World organized anti-capitalist campaigns from the Radical Book Shop on State Street. During the 1970s, feminists advocating the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment chained themselves to the gates of Temple Square. And the 1980s brought a thriving punk scene and a “Rock Against Reagan” concert on the streets outside Abravanal Hall. Utah confirms the adage, the more conservative the culture, the more expressive the counterculture. 

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