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SALT LAKE CITY -- The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community extended an invitation Tuesday for an open house at the Utah Pride Center. They're hoping the open house will open up discussions with local and state government officials.

The group is welcoming anyone who wants to come. It's been an all-day event, which is part of a nationwide event. Open houses like this one took place all over the country Tuesday.

Organizers say they want to build a good relationship, not only with the neighborhood near the center, but also with people around the state. They say the goal of Tuesday's event is to educate the public and, hopefully, work toward a discussion with Gov. Gary Herbert. The governor has said he does not support creating specific anti-discrimination provisions in state employment laws for the gay lesbian bisexual and transgender community.

"We believe that Utahns are fair-minded and that they eventually will come to see that discrimination does not belong in our state," said Valerie Larabee, executive director of the Utah Pride Center.

Larabee, says she's hoping that representatives from the Pride Center will meet with Gov. Herbert early next year.

The open house goes until 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Organizers are hoping to get a good crowd.


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