Troy Williams is ready. As the new executive director of Equality Utah, he's ready to work with lawmakers to shift the direction of our state towards his organization's flagship cause: to protect LGBT citizens from discrimination in housing and employment.
Williams' many lives have led him to his new role. He was once a missionary, once an intern at Eagle Forum, once the executive producer for KRCL's RadioActive program. And he's always been an advocate for equal rights, whether it's leading polite discourse or yelling into a bullhorn on the Capitol Building's steps. It's obvious through his many endeavors, there's been passion.
Now, he'll be sitting at the table with lawmakers to continue the process of addressing the ongoing need for progress in the LGBT movement.
"This movement belongs to all of us," Williams said in a speech at the 2014 Allies Gala. "Together we have the opportunity to shape the future of this state. Our challenge now is to model for the rest of Utah how we can all co-exist. Republican, Democrat, Mormon, Atheist, Transgender, and Gay, we all belong to the same human family. What we share in common is so much greater than our differences."
For more information, visit the Equality Utah website.
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