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Justin Utley Tells Utah Lawmakers a Thing or Two About Discrimination in Emotional Speech: VIDEO

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Utah native and singer-songwriter Justin Utley survived "ex-gay" therapy after coming out to his Mormon bishop, then lost his boyfriend unexpectedly of a heart attack and was fired from his job after his boss found out he was gay.

He appeared before Utah lawmakers last month, the Advocate reports:

The meeting, which was co-sponsored by Democratic Senator Jim Dabakis and Republican Senator Steve Urquhart, marked the first time some of the state’s lawmakers had ever officially met with LGBT people.

Said Utley: "There is a spoke in this wheel of diversity in this state that needs to be fixed... today, most transgender and gay Utahns are not only bringing a briefcase to work, but they're also bringing a closet. I'm here because I am still a proud Utahn born and raised with these values: compassion, optimism, that Utah is a place where every person has the same opportunity to earn a living free from discrimination."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The measure of a person is how they react to adversity. Job well done !

    Posted by: MisterM | Mar 10, 2014 3:25:01 PM


  2. Good speech!

    Posted by: reality | Mar 10, 2014 3:35:49 PM


  3. This is what a man looks like. Not that disgusting Brian Brown or tony Perkins disgusting humans, they are what is wrong with society not people like us.

    Posted by: Will | Mar 10, 2014 3:49:59 PM


  4. Bravo! What a story, what a man!

    Posted by: Marc | Mar 10, 2014 4:19:01 PM


  5. When will the haters give up on their discrimination?

    Nice speech!

    Posted by: tonyjazz | Mar 11, 2014 1:01:01 AM


  6. Beautiful man, beautiful speech.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 11, 2014 2:03:45 AM


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