Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley’s powerful testimony to Utah legislators on LGBT equality

Award-winning singer/songwriter Justin Utley’s powerful testimony to Utah legislators on LGBT equality

Watch the powerful testimony of OutMusic Award winner Justin Utley to Utah lawmakers at a meeting organized by Utah state senators Steve Urquhart (R) and Jim
Dabakis (D), and attended by a group of legislators from both sides of
the aisle to begin a dialogue between lawmakers and the LGBT community
in search of tolerance, understanding and protected rights.

Justin spoke to the crowd about experiencing discrimination first hand
when he lost his job after an employer found an email he sent about the
death of his gay partner. “She (his employer) said that had they known I
was gay during the interview process, they would not have hired me.”

But Justin’s view of the future for his home state remains hopeful.
“There is a spoke in the wheel of this state that needs to be fixed. My
hope is that together, from this moment on, we can build that bridge of
understanding and we can begin to work together to build a state that
we can all be proud of.”

Justin’s OutMusic Award-winning song “Stand For Something” was born from his own desire to motivate community action towards securing LGBT equality in America.

Watch his full testimony below: