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Equality Utah celebrates successful 2011, gears up for 2012

In a landmark year, Equality Utah helped usher three nondiscrimination ordinances to passage, helped push for queer legal protection in Salt Lake City and Park City School Districts, organized 80 volunteers who completed 210 volunteer hours and aided nine of 14 endorsed candidates in successful election bids.

EU also helped educate 1,377 people from around the state, launched a leadership scholarship fund for three dynamic young students, launched the first Community Action Team in Southern Utah and completed a statewide poll which found three of four Utahns support a nondiscrimination law.

“While we celebrate these achievements of 2011, we know there is much more work to be done – 2012 is here, and we need you! There has never been a better time to be a part of the movement, a part of the moment, a part of equality,” said Brandie Balken, EU executive director, in a newsletter.

To help get 2012 started with energy, EU is sponsoring a Jazz Brunch on Jan. 15, 11:30 a.m., at the Jewish Community Center, to educate Utahns about the upcoming legislative session. The group is also sponsoring a citizen lobbyist training, Jan. 18, 5:30 p.m., at the Utah State Capitol Multipurpose Room.

To find out more about how to get involved with EU or to make a donation, go to EqualityUtah.org.

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