SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – The Human Rights Campaign wants equal rights for same sex couples in Utah. It's concerned about a lack of state laws to protect gay men and lesbian women from discrimination at work or while buying a home.
The group is kicking off a 17 city tour in Salt Lake City Friday.
ABC 4 talked exclusively with the group’s President Joe Solmonese, “Our community has really experienced a great deal of hope about the path forward here in this State."
The Human Rights Campaign is made up of 1,000,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from across the United States.
For the next three Solmonese is focusing all of his attention on Salt Lake City.
A disproportionate number of Utahns believe in basic fairness for LGBT people, believe that we should be protected from workplace discrimination, believe that we should be free from violence and fear and intimidation,” said Solmonese.
The organization is filming a movie about the 17 city tour. A Thursday shoot overlooking the Salt Lake Valley is directed toward people who may feel lost or confused about their sexuality.
“We’re going to be helping people I think to feel more empowered about being a part of their faith tradition, but also being armed to speak out and to push back against the religious indifference that exists here today,” said Solmonese.
The tour officially kicks off Friday in Salt Lake City and will continue through Sunday.
Click on the attached link for information about planned activities in Utah.
The tour schedule is as follows:
Aug. 12-14 Salt Lake City, UT
Aug. 19-21 Omaha & Lincoln, NE
Aug. 26-28 Lawrence, KS & Kansas City, MO
Sept. 1-5 New Orleans, LA
Sept. 9-11 Austin & College Station, TX
Sept. 16-18 Little Rock, AR
Sept. 23-25 Louisville & Lexington, KY
Sept. 30-Oct 3 Washington, DC
Oct. 7-9 Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14-16 Birmingham & Tuscaloosa, AL
Oct. 21-23 Jacksonville, FL
Oct. 28-30 Orlando, FL