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Mormons Building Bridges: The LDS and LGBT Conversation on AU Wednesday

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More than 300 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints marched in the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, leaving some spectators in tears. Erika Munson, a mother of five from Sandy, started the group, “Mormons Building Bridges,” and organized the group’s participation in the parade as a way to show her support for the LGBT community and to encourage other Mormons to show their support in a public way.  On Wednesday’s AU we’ll get several perspectives on “Mormons Building Bridges.”  We’ll also talk with the people behind the “It Gets Better” media campaign, which features gay BYU students.

And in the last segment we’ll meet William Dillon, who was exonerated in 2008 after spending 28 years in prison for murder he didn’t commit.  He’ll participate in “Jammin’ for Justice” a fundraising concert for the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, happening on Sunday in Salt Lake City, and featuring exonerated musicians.        

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.