Derek will be the only openly LGBTQ member of the Utah state legislature
Derek Kitchen was elected to the Salt Lake City Council in 2015, representing downtown & central city. He serves as the Chair of the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake and has been active in guiding the city’s efforts on neighborhood reinvestment & business development. He has participated in the realignment of the City’s homeless services system, and successfully created an affordable housing fund of $21MM in 2016.
He and his husband Moudi own Laziz Kitchen, a contemporary Lebanese restaurant downtown that employs refugees & New Americans. He was named plaintiff in Kitchen v Herbert, which legalized marriage equality for Utah & five western states in 2014 and set groundbreaking case law that led to nationwide legalization in 2015.
Importance of Candidacy:
- Derek will be the only openly LGBTQ member of the Utah state legislature.
- He will be an important voice for LGBTQ equality in a low equality state.