My view: The climate is right to tear down the wall of discrimination

By John Hales

Published: Sunday, Feb. 12 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

While some say we don't need such laws because Utah is already accepting, a 50-percent discrimination rate suggests otherwise. And almost 70 percent of Utahns think the state is perceived as unfair, disrespectful and discriminatory toward LGBT people.

Changing that perception, creating a better climate of acceptance and promoting dignity, require bringing down the wall of discrimination legally as well as morally.

Gorbachev didn't build the Berlin Wall, nor did he have unilateral power to tear it down. But he had influence, and he used it to promote human dignity.

President Waddoups, et al., will you support anti-discrimination legislation and use your influence to encourage others to do likewise?

John Hales is a former journalist, now a freelance writer and author of "Living In QUtah," a regular column appearing regularly in QSaltLake Magazine, a publication geared toward Utah's LGBT community. Hales adapted this article from a recent "Living In QUtah" column.

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