LGBTQ families live in every community in every state. According to the Williams Institute, there are over 6 million children and adults in the US who have same-sex parents. Currently, 220,000 children are being raised by same-sex parents, and these children live in 96% of US counties. Although some people may still feel biased toward these families, decades of research shows us that these children grow up to be just as happy, healthy, and well-adjusted as their peers.
In 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in every state. This was a landmark victory for LGBTQ people, who now share the same freedom as other Americans have, to marry the person they know in their heart is right for them.
But people in LGBTQ families need support and acceptance beyond just having the freedom to marry who they love. Some policy changes that would improve the lives of LGBTQ Utahns and their families include the following:
- Ending the harmful practice of so-called conversion therapy
- Advocating for inclusion within Utah’s existing public accommodations laws
- Providing more resources for LGBTQ parents and children
- Making representations of LGBTQ families more visible in public schools and the media
At Equality Utah, our ultimate goal is to secure equal rights and protections for all LGBTQ Utahns and their families by creating a fair and just Utah for them to live in.