Town Hall Meeting to Be Held This Month

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A quarterly town hall-style meeting for gay and transgender Utahns, their allies and representatives from civic and social gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations will be held on April 22.

The LGBT Town Hall Meeting is a quarterly event allowing for inter-organization and public dialogue on concerns facing Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and plans to address these concerns. In the past these have included legal discrimination, racism and sexism in the queer community and transgender inclusion.

The first such meeting was held in December 2008 and was the idea of activist Jacob Whipple.

As decided during the first LGBT Town Hall Meeting, we wanted to continue these meetings with our LGBT Organizations on a quarterly basis. At the upcoming meeting representatives from ACLU Utah, Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons, Equality Utah, the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Pride Interfaith, the Proud People of Color Network, Reconciliation, Stonewall Democrats, TRANSaction, and the Utah Pride Center. Each group will discuss what they have been doing in the past four months and then give the audience a chance to ask questions and voice concerns.
“It will be a recap of what has happened since the last meeting, including the legislative session, and the HRC’s lobbying efforts in Washington D.C.,” said Whipple. [It will also] be a look forward to what the organizations have planned between now and Utah Pride and their goals after that as well.”

Topics up for discussion, Whipple added, will likely include safer sex education for gays and lesbians, homeless queer youth and the need for straight allies.

The LGBT Town Hall Meeting will be held April 22 at the Salt Lake County North Building Council Chambers (2100 S State St.). For more information, contact Jacob Whipple at (801) 918-6906 or [email protected]

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