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Utah Legislative LGBT Town Hall Meeting Recap

January 19, 2011
2011 LGBT Legislative Townhall

2011 LGBT Legislative Townhall


The 2011 Utah Legislative LGBT Town Hall meeting held Tuesday night was a great success.  Local LGBT rights organizations, activists, bloggers, legislators and concerned citizens met to discuss what the upcoming year has in store and celebrate some early successes.  Leaders and citizens alike discussed a wide range of topics which included: bullying, equal housing and employment protection, immigration, Pride Center endeavors, local activism, lobbyist training, civility, writing for change, communication, and legislative transparency.  The two hour discussion proved  both informative and invigorating.  During the meeting, two new successes were shared: Midvale City passed an ordinance banning housing and employment discrimination and Park City passed Anti-Bullying rules. 

As the year progresses I hope these organizations consider follow up Town Hall meetings to share successes, failures, learnings and community resolve on a regular basis.  Thanks to all of these fine groups and organizations for taking charge and leading the community towards equality and fairness for all Utah citizens.

This is a great opportunity to kick off the new year and become involved with organizations that have your interests at heart. These are local chapters and organizations committed to helping achieve equal rights for the LGBT citizens of Utah. Attend, listen, learn and act! As Martin Luther King Jr. once stated:

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Each of these organizations are committed to helping fight the cause of unjust discrimination and inequality in the state of Utah. They’re here to help, but they can’t do it alone. They’re here to educate, support, and rally the states individuals into action. In the end however, it’s up to us as individuals to fight for our rights and use the resources available to us to accomplish those goals.

As a LGBT citizen of the State of Utah, if you want equal rights under the law, the freedom to marry the love of your life, adopt a child and not run the risk of being denied housing or being fired for your orientation YOU need to fight for those rights. YOU need to support organizations who support you, YOU need to show our legislators and civic leaders that YOU are not invisible and that YOU will not be discriminated against.–Phil Black

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Equality Utah, the ACLU of Utah, the Utah Pride Center and us here at PRIDEinUtah are co-hosting a townhall meeting for the LGBT community for everything going down this legislative session!

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