The Hearth is excited to announce our upcoming Fireside with Troy Williams, Executive Director of Equality Utah. Troy served an LDS mission to Bristol, England and is passionate about bringing both the LDS and LGBTQ communities closer together. As the Executive Director of Equality Utah he worked tirelessly with the LDS Church in 2015 to pass the LGBT Non-Discrimination and Fair Housing Act. He currently serves on the Governor’s Teen Suicide Prevention Task Force, working alongside other community leaders, including leadership of the LDS Church.
Troy also led the way in 2017 to eradicate a Utah law which prohibited public school personnel from discussing homosexuality in the classroom (the ”No Promo Homo” law had resulted in discouraging school personnel from intervening to stop bullying and harassment, deterred teachers from providing basic information, and limited students’ ability to form and organize LGBT groups). Ending this law was an important step in creating life-saving safe spaces for LGBT teens. In a talk at Affirmation’s International Conference in 2017, Troy stated that “the work that we’re doing is to save and protect families, it’s to save and protect the lives of our kids.” We are truly honored to have Troy joining us at the Hearth.
Troy Williams has been the executive director of Equality Utah since 2014 and has over a decade of experience as a community organizer for the LGBTQ community in Utah. Troy was the community affairs director of 90.9 FM KRCL for ten years. He graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in both Film Studies and Anthropology. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Nation, Interview Magazine, The Advocate, The Gay Times and OUT Magazine. In 2016 he spearheaded efforts to rename 20 blocks of downtown Salt Lake City as Harvey Milk Boulevard.