Mike Thompson was Plan-B’s board chair from 2007-2009 while he was Executive Director of Equality Utah. The former President of GLAAD, he begins his tenure as Executive Director of The LGBT Pride Center of the Desert in Palm Springs later this month. He shares his thoughts on Plan-B’s LGBTQ work as part of Give OUT Day.
As one who has spent much of his career advocating on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, I understand the power of the words and images we hear and see around us. In my experience, few arts organizations have been as influential in changing hearts and minds as Plan-B Theatre Company. Calling Salt Lake City home, few could argue the conservative influences in the culture, which is also home to the Mormon Church. Through its performance of productions such as FACING EAST, Plan-B places, center-stage, the harsh reality of the bias that exists within our communities…and the powerful and often dark-side of intolerance. When confronted with such realities, one can’t help but to stop and think.