MORMONS BUILDING BRIDGES HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT UTAH NONDISCRIMINATION BILL

MORMONS BUILDING BRIDGES HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT UTAH NONDISCRIMINATION BILL

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MORMONS BUILDING BRIDGES HOSTS COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT UTAH NONDISCRIMINATION BILL 

On January 21, Mormons Building Bridges will continue its public service initiative of hosting Community Conversations in public libraries along the Wasatch Front, engaging individuals of all backgrounds and philosophies in civil discourse around divisive issues confronting the LGBTQI/SSA and LDS communities.
This month’s Community Conversation pivots around the question “Should the Utah legislature pass SB 100, The Housing and Employment Opportunity Act?”  In the upcoming session of the Utah legislature, Senator Steve Urquart (R) of St. George will introduce SB100 which would guarantee workplace and housing opportunity for all Utahns regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Though this bill itself would have no impact on marriage laws, the recent federal court decisions regarding same-sex marriage have intensified the conversation around LGBTQI/SSA issues in general. And while, Mormons Building Bridges does not enter into the marriage debate, MBB hopes to help mitigate the intense conflicts in the state by bringing together all voices to honestly and constructively address the most pressing questions facing the LGBTQI/SSA and LDS communities.

These Community Conversations are facilitated once a month, by members of Mormons Building Bridges, in public libraries along the Wasatch front as well as online via Google Hangout.  Community Conversations are not presentations or panel discussions; they are genuine conversations that are grounded in the conviction that the human experience is complex and progress only comes when we listen, love, and seek to understand. Community Conversations are free, and take place in the Logan, Provo, Park City, and Downtown Salt Lake public libraries. A virtual gathering is held, online, at that the same time with participants from around the state and outside the Wasatch front.

“We are pleased to continue this vital public service to the Utah community,” says Mormons Building Bridges co-founder, Erika Munson. “What we need most at this time of complexity and conflict in our state is a safe place for dialogue and a willingness to come to together and listen and learn from our diverse stories. I look forward to deepening my understanding of the lived experiences on all sides of this issue.”

Time: 7pm (MST)
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014.

For more information go to the website: mormonsbuildingbridges.org, and click on the “Events” tab.

With over 4,000 participants in Utah and around the world, Mormons Building Bridges is a grassroots organization dedicated to making LDS homes and congregations safe and welcoming for LGBTQI/SSA people and supporting them on their life’s path. MBB is not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.