The Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford, spoke out on supporting the Utah lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community when he was the Keynote Speaker at this year's Equality Utah annual Allies Dinner in Salt Lake City earlier this week.
The actor, who established his famed Sundance Institute, and later the Sundance Film Festival, in Utah and who is a longtime resident of the state himself, spoke to the crowd of 2,000 about equality for the LGBT community saying, "I'm here for the same reason you are — equal rights for all. Like you, I believe there's no place in our world for discrimination. None."
Redford, who can be seen in the upcoming film "All is Lost" in a performance that is already sparking major Oscar buzz, then continued:
I hope in this particular case that Utah can catch up. What happens in Utah can matter in a profound way. Anytime you change the lines or change laws in Utah that are discriminatory, many are going to see it as a benchmark, possibly, for other places.
Watch the video above from local news station KSL 5 to hear more of Redford's thoughts on supporting the LGBT community and how his Sundance Film Festival was among the first independent film festivals in the country to show gay and lesbian films.
(h/t to NewNowNext).