The LGBTQIA+ community is a vibrant, vital part of Utah. Discrimination against this or any other community is un-American—we should all have the agency to live our lives to the fullest and enjoy the blessings of liberty. I stand for the civil rights of the LGBTQIA+ community and to call upon others to do the same.
I believe in strengthening Utah families—no matter how those families are composed. Discrimination against any type of family harms children, and employment discrimination harms our state economy as well. I support the Equality Act on the Federal level, which would remove all doubt about it being illegal to discriminate against the LGBTQIA+ community in housing or employment.
In Utah, we lose far too many of our LGBTQ youth to suicide. We need support programs and better education to stop this appalling trend. Losing one of my gay friends to AIDS on a bleak Christmas morning was one of the most painful experiences of my life. I can only imagine what losing a child to suicide must feel like. I want to make sure that no more Utah families have to experience that type of loss.