Clair Barrus is a lifelong Utahn who works in marketing, is active in his church, and has never dealt personally with discrimination. However, his nephew lost his job at a bookstore simply because he was gay – a coworker caused trouble, resulting in his termination for no other reason than because of who he is. This goes against the values that both Clair and his nephew hold dear: Hard work, the ability to succeed, and fair play. Clair testified before the Utah legislature when they passed nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in housing and employment.
“My nephew wasn’t fired for doing a bad job, but simply because of who is he,” he said. “All Utahns deserve the right to make a living without fear of being unfairly discriminated against.”