Name: Ron Hunt
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Occupation: Careplanner for Aetna Insurance (which he proudly points out has had a 100% rating on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for nine years in a row)
Why I Found Him at The NEM:
Like many at the march, Ron is marching for his own rights. He wants to be equal, and as a gay man he isn’t. The way he sees it, Stonewall was 40 years ago, the first march was 30 years ago, and it is well past time for equality to happen. He is marching because he feels he has to demand that equality now.
Ron came to the March with a coalition from the Utah Bear Alliance, a “social and service organization for men who identify or have an affinity with Bears, Cubs or the like.” Not only is Ron actively involved in the organization, but was in fact named Mr. Utah Bear 2008.
What He’d Change in America:
Perhaps because he works for a big business himself, Ron sees a dire need to make big businesses more responsible for equity. Due to the capitalist nature of our society, businesses have an immense amount of power and have incredible influence on government through lobbying. Ron thinks it can’t continue how it is, and if we aren’t willing to hold them accountable for promoting that equity we need in society, we should do more to decrease the power they have.
I found one of Ron’s points to be exceptionally astute. The divide between Republicans and Democrats is often portrayed as a difference in opinion over the “size of government.” Ron points out that it’s really about how much power people think corporations should have. Perhaps that’s the kind of language Democrats should start to employ to rally more support for their issues?