New York City singer-songwriter Justin Utley is a singer-songwriter and LGBTQ activist who is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. As a survivor of gay conversion therapy and an ex-Mormon, Justin speaks candidly about his life experiences being a gay man through his inspiring storytelling and powerful lyrics. He is a large advocate for the ban of conversion therapy which he personally endured for years before leaving the Mormon faith. In June 2010, Utley released Stand for Something, a single written to inspire and motivate to take action towards securing LGBT equality in America, ending youth homelessness, and increasing community awareness. The single was nominated by the LGBT Academy Of Recording Arts for 4 OutMusic Awards, including Best Songwriter and Artist of the Year, winning Best Country/Folk Song of the Year.
Justin’s album “Nothing This Real” was released November 2011 at a sold-out release showcase in New York City, with an online broadcast of over 12,000 viewers. The singer/songwriter has been featured in Pride Festivals worldwide, including Stockholm, New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Atlanta, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Justin was also recently a featured guest and CNN contributor for the CNN “Faces of Faith” segment on the Mormon Church and gays.
In February 2014 more than 20 Democratic and Republican state lawmakers and officials met and listened to LGBT people and their allies share their personal stories of discrimination in Utah. Justin was one who shared his testimony on LGBTQ job and housing discrimination at the Utah Senate hearing. Watch now:
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