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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!!!! You are invited to Utah's premier LGBT event - Equality Utah's 12th Annual Allies Dinner. Join Co-Chairs Robyn Martinez & Donna & Michael Weinholtz—and 2,000 friends and allies!—for this historic and entertaining evening. Mark your calendar for Monday, September 16th to celebrate Equality Utah’s monumental accomplishments and to help secure equal rights and protections for LGBT Utahns!
Allies For Equality: Award Recipients
With dedication for excellence and progress, Stephanie Pappas epitomizes the grit and professionalism required to build a successful business and lead a progressive organization. As CFO/Director of Administration of award winning Roofers Supply, Inc, Stephanie’s perspective that diversity is key to the success of any organization helped create a stronger team and for Roofers Supply to thrive.
Stephanie’s passion for equality has strengthened the foundation of Equality Utah and bettered the lives of countless LGBT Utahns. An active participant, her personal and professional contributions have created change in the community to secure equal rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender Utahns and their families. Steph is an incredible visionary, and one of the most empathic, genuine and courageous leaders—often recognizing and cultivating the potential in others that they may not even recognize in themselves.
Often referred to as “The Gay Mayor of Salt Lake,” Troy Williams is recognized a media producer and event organizer, strong, a man known for informed and well articulated opinions, and as a community activist. Since January’04, Troy has produced RadioActive on 90.9 FM KRCL—sparking conversation and debate on a variety of contemporary issues. He is also a producer of television, film and theatre, including co-writing the Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon.
Troy has been an advocate for queer Utah nationwide, championing our community in OUT Magazine, Interview Magazine, the Nation, the Gay Times, Salon, NPR, CBC, SHOWTIME and more. Equality Utah is profoundly thankful to Troy for being a leader and active member of Utah’s LGBT community and using his unique style and skills to bring equality to all Utah residents.
Salt Lake School District Board
In 2010 Salt Lake City School District Board of Education made history by passing two crucial school policies—a nondiscrimination policy and an anti-bullying and harassment policy. These policies are the first fully inclusive school district policies that apply to LGBT students and school district faculty and staff in Utah. In addition, the District implemented partner benefits for district employees.
While there was a great deal of support in Salt Lake City for an inclusive anti-bullying policy, the nondiscrimination policy was a much more difficult issue to resolve due to concerns among the Board that inclusion of gender identity protection in the new policy applies to both students and educators. Through the process of education, addressing policy concerns, and steadily advocating for policy change, local advocates were able to work with the Board of Education to pass policies that will protect ALL Salt Lake City students, including transgender students.
These policy changes help to demonstrate that, while statewide anti-bullying or nondiscrimination legislation may not be politically possible, substantial progress can be made in local school districts that will have immediate positive benefits for students. Equality Utah applauds and congratulates the Salt Lake City School Board and Utah organizations whose leadership and determination made this victory possible, including PFLAG Salt Lake City, the ACLU of Utah, the Utah Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign, the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice, and the Utah Pride Center.
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