Activist Web site Change.org named Equality Utah as one of their top ten “Gay Rights Heroes of 2010” for their work in getting ten Utah municipalities to pass non-discrimination ordinances in housing and employment that include gay and transgender people.
Equality Utah: When 2010 started, Equality Utah put forward a bold statement: In 12 months time, they would work like hell to make sure that 10 Utah cities/towns/municipalities enacted non-discrimination ordinances that included protections on the basis of sexual orientation. Sure enough, they put their money where their mouth was and got it done. In December, Grand County became the tenth Utah area to enact an inclusive non-discrimination ordinance. And Equality Utah’s work isn’t done yet. Together with other LGBT activists in the state, they have their eyes on Ogden, hoping that the city will become the eleventh in the state to enact sweeping anti-discrimination protections.
Also named were: Dan Savage and the “It Gets Better” Project; high school student Constance McMillen, who fought for the right to go to her school’s prom with her girlfriend; mothers of two gay suicide victims, Wendy Walsh and Tammy Aaberg; Kelly Glossip who is fighting for survivor rights after losing her partner of 15 years; players of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell debate; Frank Martin Gill who fought Florida’s ban on gay people adopting children; Ted Olsen, David Boies and the American Foundation for Equal Rights for challenging California’s Proposition 8; Azwan Ismail, who recorded an “It Gets Better” video for all of Malaysia; and Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders for their federal court victory on the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.
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