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SC Equality names new Executive Director

May 5, 2010

South Carolina Equality announced today Utah Legislator Christine Johnson has been named its new Executive Director. 
 
Johnson, a South Carolina native, is a 41-year-old legislator who has served two terms as a member of the Utah House of Representatives, serving Salt Lake City and Park City. Retiring in 2010 as an openly lesbian elected official, she has advocated rights and equal protections for members of the GLBT community. She sponsored legislation to eliminate discrimination against GLBT individuals in the workplace and in housing as well as a resolution to overturn Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
 
Her public service also includes service as a board member of Equality Utah and the Rape Recovery Center. She has served Utah's GLBT community as Vice-Chair of the Stonewall Democrats, Vice-Chair of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission and Founder of BRIDGE, a community-based GLBT outreach organization.
 
She attended the University of the District of Columbia, Baltimore Community College and Utah's Dixie State College. She has a daughter who will attend Seattle University in the fall. She begins work with SC Equality July 1.

"We are thrilled that our national search yielded strong candidates for the position and even more excited to have Christine join us at SC Equality," said Dean Pierce, Board chairperson of SC Equality. "We are confident she will build on the tremendous foundation of the past year and take the organization to a new level."
 
"The opportunity to return to my home state of South Carolina was irresistible," Johnson said. "South Carolina is ripe with the possibility of advancing equal protections and educating the non-GLBT community about the value of rejecting discrimination and embracing equality. I look forward to working with the South Carolina Equality team and creating change throughout the state."