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  • Equality Utah back to Southern Utah for a remarkable 4th year
    by Dawn McLain
    Published - 04/03/14 - 09:02 AM | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Equality Utah back to Southern Utah for a remarkable 4th year
    Equality Utah back to Southern Utah for a remarkable 4th year
    (ST. GEORGE, Utah) - For the 4th year in a row, on the evening of May 10, 2014, Equality Utah brings together art lovers, community leaders, and a spirited crowd of residents from all across the state to celebrate the incredible progress being made in the local movement towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Utahans and their families. Equality Celebration is the must attend event of the year for all who are dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year’s sold-out event attracted in excess of 400 fair-minded Utahans, local artists, and businesses, many of whom purchased original artwork all benefiting Equality Utah’s work to secure equal rights and protections for LGBT Utahans and their families. This year’s event brings together Master of Ceremonies Janice Brooks and keynote speaker Reverend Gene V. Robinson, an exceptionally moving and inspirational speaker.

    Bishop Robinson’s election in 2003 as the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Church created an international uproar. His story is featured in the 2007 documentary, For the Bible Tells Me So. He is also the subject of Love Free or Die, a feature-length documentary which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Bishop Robinson was invited by Barack Obama to give the invocation at the opening inaugural ceremonies at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009.

    The evening will include a live & silent auction with works from some of the most prominent local artists, an inspirational program, Awards presentation and live entertainment.

    The event also provides a venue for recognition of those who have made contributions in the community by commitment and leadership in advocating fair and equal treatment for LGBT Utahns and their families. One of the many highlights of the evening will be the Excellence in Advocacy Award. Nominees are submitted, reviewed and selected based on these criteria. Equality Utah is proud to announce this year’s winners, Reverend Catherine Gregg of Grace Episcopal Church and Planned Parenthood of St. George.

    Planned Parenthood of St. George was chosen for their support and work with the American Civil Liberties Union in getting Gay-Straight Alliances in St. George Schools.

    Reverend Gregg has served at Grace Episcopal Church since 2007. In her tenure, Rev. Catherine teamed with colleagues Susan Ertel and Nicole Lee to establish L.E.A.D. (living into equality, acceptance and diversity) for the young people of Washington County to have a place to find support and discuss factual information about relationships, sexuality, rights and responsibilities that surround both heterosexual and homosexual relationships. With her leadership, Grace Church annually hosts the World AIDS Day of Remembrance, and sponsors educational events that affect the quality of life for all people in the area.

    Tickets are available online at: www.equalityutah.org/equalitycelebration or by calling 801-355-3479. General Entry (5:30pm) is $89 per ticket. Special group ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities are also available online. Visit www.equalityutah.org/equalitycelebration for more information.

    Equality Utah is the state’s largest policy and advocacy organization working to secure equal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Utahans and their families.

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