The openly gay singer-songwriter and LGBT activist, whose own coming out story includes surviving two years of so-called gay conversion therapy in the Mormon church, will come to the Community College of Rhode Island to share his story and perform at a free coffee house event sponsored by the Gender Equity Initiative on April 28.
During the coffeehouse performance, Utley will sing his original work as well as speak to attendees about some of the legislation underway in the country, such as the so-called bathroom laws in North Carolina. He said he hopes to inspire and motivate other LGBTQ and allied individuals to continue to advocate for change.
The performance is free and open to the public, and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Lower Commons at the Knight Campus in Warwick. Refreshments will be served. There is an event earlier in the day for staff, faculty and students involved with the Gender Equity Initiative. Anyone who is interested should contact Nancy Forsstrom for more information.