Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:13

Jon Huntsman Speaks at this year's Allies Dinner

Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at Equality Utah’s 11th Annual Allies Dinner.
Gov. Jon Huntsman speaks at Equality Utah’s 11th Annual Allies Dinner.Historic moment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality movement in Utah.

Salt Lake City UT- Equality Utah, the state's largest LGBT policy and advocacy organization, is thrilled to recognize Equality Award honorees at Equality Utah’s 11th Annual Allies Dinner, Thursday, September 27, 2012, in the grand ballroom of the Salt Palace Convention Center. This event is open to the public and will recognize:  

Former Governor, Ambassador and Presidential candidate Jon M. Huntsman and former Utah First Lady Mary Kaye Huntsman are being honored, and will provide special remarks.

Trevor Southey, PFLAG/Utah (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and Ogden residents Rev. Theresa Novak and Anne Spatola will be honored for their extraordinary efforts in increasing understanding about, and securing equal rights and protections for, LGBT Utahns.  

The event will also feature remarks by Idaho Senator Nicole LeFavour.

Brandie Balken, Equality Utah Executive Director, said “This is a historic moment for Utah's LGBT community, as well as for all residents of our state, as we move closer to making
everyone feel welcomed and respected. Few elected officials in Utah have done as much to foster civility and understanding as Gov. and Mrs. Huntsman. They are beacons of hope for Utah and the nation. Together with the LDS Church’s 2009 support for anti-discrimination laws, the Huntsman’s efforts bridged increased understanding and support of Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community."

Equality Utah’s Allies Dinner - The largest indoor LGBT gathering in the Intermountain West  has featured California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, and Bishop Gene Robinson, and provides the primary source of funding for Equality Utah’s statewide advocacy efforts to secure equal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Utahns and their families.

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