June 2019 Luncheon – Banning Conversion Therapy and Addressing the Suicide Epidemic in Utah

We are mixing it up for June and changing locations adding a buy one get one 1/2 off when you pay online by May 29th. So bring a friend and come and enjoy great company, a yummy lunch and a very informative and timely conversation about finally banning the barbaric practice of conversion therapy and how we can make a difference in putting an end to the suicide epidemic in Utah.

Troy Williams is the Executive Director of Equality Utah. Troy has over a decade of experience as a community organizer for the LGBTQ community. He graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in both Film Studies and Anthropology. Troy was the community affairs director of 90.9 FM KRCL for ten years. He was the executive producer and host of RadioActive. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, The Nation, Interview Magazine, The Gay Times and OUT Magazine. In 2010 the Salt Lake Tribune dubbed him “the gay mayor of Salt Lake City.” Troy has appeared on Anderson Cooper 360, Democracy Now! CBC’s Q, and the 2012 SHOWTIME special Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion and Sex. In 2009 he co-wrote the one-woman show, The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon. Troy won Utah Broadcaster Association awards in both 2013 and 2014. In 2014 Troy was also a producer on the TLC original series Breaking the Faith. He became the executive director of Equality Utah in September 2014.

Allison Whitworth serves as the state Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. She co-chairs the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition and works to support and implement state suicide prevention programs by engaging community leaders and organizations in evidence-based strategies. Allison is a Certified Health Education Specialist and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion from Utah State University. She will be graduating with her Master’s in Health Administration from Weber State University in the spring of 2019.