Sold-out Allies Dinner attracts thousands

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The 11th annual Equality Utah Allies Dinner marks more than a decade of growth and accomplishment. The sold-out dinner, to be held Sept. 27, will attract an estimated 2,000 people, making it the largest indoor lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event in the Intermountain West.

This year’s honorees include former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman for their outspoken support of civil unions in Utah, as well as other accomplishments.

The event will be historic in size and with its honorees and speakers, said EU Executive Director Brandie Balken.

“This is a historic moment for Utah’s LGBT community, as well as for all residents of our state, as we move closer to making everyone feel welcome and respected. Few elected officials in Utah have done as much to foster civility and understanding as Gov. and Mrs. Huntsman. 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.”

The keynote address will be given by Idaho Sen. Nicole LeFavour, the Democratic nominee running for U.S. Congress. If elected, she will be the second openly lesbian member of Congress. She’s facing off against 12-year incumbent Mike Simpson, a popular and well-liked Republican.

For more information, go to equalityutah.org/allies.

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