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Salt Lake City Local Leaders, Organizations Join HRC in Celebration of Inaugural Event

This post comes from Valerie Larabee, Utah Pride Center Executive Director

On the Road to EqualityThe kick-off ribbon cutting ceremony for HRC’s “On the Road to Equality” nationwide bus tour just wrapped up here at the Utah Pride Center.  It was a really exciting and uplifting experience featuring Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, local leaders including Bruce Bastian, and HRC President Joe Solmonese. 

Today’s event is yet another occasion where Utah’s tremendous collaboration with HRC, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, is changing the landscape here in Utah. Launching the national bus tour from our city and our center their commitment to the grassroots work being done here as well as in other states and communities. They have a keen sense of what affects everyday people right here in Utah.

For both HRC and those of us on the ground in Utah, it’s no mistake the nationwide bus tour launched here in Salt Lake City.  HRC understands and is helping us to facilitate the shift occurring here in Utah and the many Utahans are fair and friendly people who support LGBT equality.  But there is more work to do, not the least of which is to get Utah lawmakers to follow the will of Utah’s fair-minded citizens.

This weekend, we will raise awareness around the issues of LGBT equality, whether at home, the workplace, school, or places of worship. The Utah Pride center is honored to host the kickoff event for the HRC nationwide bus tour and partner with them throughout the weekend.  We appreciate each and every opportunity to foster the growing grassroots dialogue occurring daily in Utah families, neighborhoods and communities. Working together we will ultimately make equality a reality for every member of our LGBT family.

If you’re in Utah, I hope you’ll join us for our many events this weekend.  You can see the schedule of events on the Utah Pride Center website or at

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