Former Utah governor, ambassador and presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, will be honored at the Equality Utah Allies Dinner on Sept. 27. They, along with Idaho Sen. Nicole LeFavour, will provide special remarks.
“This is an historic moment for Utah’s LGBT community, as well as for all residents of our state, as we move closer to making everyone feel welcomed and respected. Few elected officials in Utah have done as much to foster civility and understanding as Gov. and Mrs. Huntsman,” said Equality Utah Executive Director Brandie Balken. “They are beacons of hope for Utah and the nation. Together with the LDS Church’s 2009 support for anti-discrimination laws, the Huntsman’s efforts bridged increased understanding and support of Utah’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.”
Trevor Southey, Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and Ogden residents Rev. Theresa Novak and Anne Spatola will also be honored for their extraordinary efforts in increasing understanding about, and securing equal rights and protections for, LGBT Utahns.
The Allies Dinner is the largest indoor LGBT gathering in the Intermountain West and has featured California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, and Bishop Gene Robinson. The event provides the primary source of funding for Equality Utah’s statewide advocacy efforts to secure equal rights and protections for LGBT Utahns and their families. The dinner will be held Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Salt Palace. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to equalityutah.org/alliesdinner.