A rally and community discussion to support a proposed statewide nondiscrimination bill will be held on Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Library Branch Auditorium, 5568 S. Adams Ave. Washington Terrace. The meeting is sponsored by the OUTreach Resource Center, a center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied youth.
Participants are encouraged to bring personal stories of discrimination, thoughts and opinions for a time of discussion, information on communicating with legislators and sharing of the latest updates of the bill’s progress. Panelists will share their expertise and active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will speak about why they support nondiscrimination.
- Jackie Biskupski, former member of the Utah House of Representatives;
- Peter Clemens, active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints;
- Susan Dortsch and Corey Howard, members of Mormons Building Bridges;
- Bill Morris, author of nondiscrimination ordinances adopted in three Utah towns and municipalities;
- Dr. Barry Gomberg, executive director of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity at Weber State University;
- Max Green, Equality Utah advocacy coordinator;
- Moderated by Marcia White, vice president of OUTreach Resource Center board and former Equality Utah board president.
“The LGBT youth we work with are stunned to learn that in most areas of Utah they can be fired or evicted simply for being who they are. LGBT youth already face an epidemic of homelessness and suicide in Utah. Employment and housing discrimination on top of that is cruel and not what the founders of the United States had in mind when they ratified the Constitution, affirming that ‘all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ It is time for the people of Utah to speak up for those who have no voice, asking legislators to provide protection under the law for them to live and work without fear of recrimination from their employer or landlord,” said Rev. Marian Edmonds, OUTreach Resource Center executive director.
The forum, like previous community forums is free, open to the public and a safe place for diverse viewpoints and opinions to be expressed in a respectful environment.