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"We Are Utah" series to educate on the lived experiences of transgender people in our state.   Salt Lake City, UT – November 3, 2014 – Equality Utah is proud to formally launch its new video series entitled, "We Are Utah: Transgender Lives in the Beehive State" as part of the organization's Transgender Awareness Project, a broad based public education campaign to help elevate, empower, and humanize the real lived experience…
From Utah Unites for Marriage: On Monday, October 6, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court denied review of five marriage cases before the court—including Utah's. By denying review, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that struck down Utah's marriage ban stood—paving the way for the freedom to marry in Utah! Now, no longer will loving and committed same-sex couples be denied the fundamental freedom to marry and all the rights…
Today, Equality Utah and the Utah Pride Center filed a friend of the court brief in the Amendment 3 challenge. This brief seeks to defend and protect the many LGBT Utahns and families who suffer real, profound, and ongoing harm by Amendment 3. While Amendment 3 has the same basic purpose as DOMA, it has a more harmful impact on our families, because it imposes inequality even more deeply into our…
Each legislative session Equality Utah is up on the hill making sure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Uthans have a voice. This year we are seeing particular animus coming from select legislators who seek to roll back the clock on LGBT equality in our state. Within the course of the first 5 days of the 2014 legislative session, we have seen: 1 constitutional amendment, 3 religious liberties bills, 2…
Senator Steve Urquhart Senator Steve Urquhart champions the fight for freedom and opportunity for all Utahns. 2014 is the second year that Senator Urquhart has proposed an amendment to Utah’s statewide non-discrimination statute to include sexual orientation and gender identity (SB100). “SB100 updates our state’s existing laws that prohibit job discrimination based on factors unrelated to a person’s performance, workplace conduct, or qualifications in ways consistent with common professional standards.”…
Utah woman age 45–54, self-employed  “I was up for a promotion and the vice president thought I was gay and  fired me "I don't like people like you working here" is what I was told. I  have also been evicted from a rental he let us know he did not want 2  gays renting from him and we had 2 weeks to be out and I had a 16-yr  old…
Utah does not have a statewide law that prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This report collects a broad range of information to examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Utahns in employment and housing, and to assess the likely impact of passing a statewide nondiscrimination law. The information provided in this report reveals a strong need for statewide employment and housing protections for…
The need for fair workplace laws for all Utahns.  When Americans go to work each day, they want to be judged on their professionalism, their experience, their performance, and their ability to get the job done. By working hard, meeting their responsibilities and playing by the rules, they strive for a fair chance to achieve a piece of the American Dream.  But today, hardworking Utahns who are lesbian, gay, bisexual…
Employment Discrimination against LGBT Utahns Utah does not have a statewide law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.  This report gathers together all existing data on the prevalence of discrimination in Utah to examine how frequently lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Utahns experience employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and assess the likely impact of passing a statewide nondiscrimination law. The…
Each Year Utahns daily lives are directly impacted by bills that are passed during the legislative session. Equality Utah vigilantly combs through almost a 1000 different pieces of legislation each year to oppose bills that could potentially encroach on the basic freedoms that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rightfully deserve or to lead the way in proposing or supporting legislation that would secure measures that prohibit discrimination based on sexual…
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…
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