The Utah Pride Center announced the appointment of Marian Edmonds as their new Executive Director on July 16.
“Marian is the right person at the right time. She is already a very well respected leader in our community. There is much work to be done still. Stepping into the leadership role at the Utah Pride Center will serve our community well in advancing the mission of the Utah Pride Center in providing important programs and services that meet the needs of the LGBTQ community,” said Utah Pride Center board president Kent Frogley. “We conducted a national search. We were very thoughtful and careful as we considered our pool of candidates,” continued Frogley. “The UPC staff were included in the interview process and are behind Marian as well.”
Ms. Edmonds-Allen was named Q Salt Lake’s 2014 Person of the Year and a 2015 Petra Foundation Fellow as an, “unsung leader who is making distinctive contributions to the rights, autonomy and dignity of millions who are marginalized in America” for her collaborative work with families, community organizations, government agencies and religious institutions to prevent LGBT youth homelessness and suicide in Utah. She is currently the National Program Director for the Family Acceptance Project, a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to decrease risk and to promote well-being for LGBT children and adolescents in the context of families, culture and faith communities. She is formerly the Executive Director of OUTreach Resource Centers and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary. She lives in Pleasant View Utah with her wife and four children.
“Marian brings critical leadership skills, deep commitment, vision and compassion to bring the community together to enable LGBT youth and adults to lead fully authentic lives. I look forward to working with her in this exciting new role as she continues to make a vital difference,” said Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project.
"Equality Utah is thrilled to welcome Marian Edmonds to her new role. We are excited to see her vision and leadership in action. We look forward to working together to create a better state for all LGBTQ Utahns." Troy Williams, Executive Director Equality Utah
"Marian Edmonds cares deeply about our community. She has the ability to combine compassion with leadership skills that get resources and programs to the people who need them. She is a bridge builder who can bring diverse groups together in order to build a better Utah for LGBTQ people and their allies." Erika Munson, Co-Founder Mormons Building Bridges.
In an historic show of common purpose and unity, continuing a civil and respectful dialog between the LGBTQ Community and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Church has, for the first time, made a contribution to a Utah Pride Center program. The contribution will be used by the Pride Center for its homeless and low-income youth program.
The grant letter from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints states, “We are grateful to be able to serve your efforts in this worthy project and appreciate the work that you and others are doing related to this initiative."
Of the grant, Utah Pride Center Board President Kent Frogley says, “The Utah Pride Center is grateful for the for the church’s help in our efforts to provide food for those in our community who are in need. We are grateful for their generosity and the emerging relationship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We know that this contribution marks a significant moment in the LDS/LGBTQ relationship.”
Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis said, "I am grateful to the LDS Church for their generosity and for their show of support for the Pride Center outreach to homeless youth. This feels right. Although the LDS Church and the LGBTQ Community do not agree on everything, this is yet another link in a continuing relationship of respect and civility. Who could have imagined such a warm and growing friendship even a few years ago?"
The Utah Pride Center is a community-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1992, whose mission is to provide support, education, outreach, and advocacy for Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals and their allies through programs, services, and resources.
The Utah Pride Center is thrilled with the Supreme Court decision granting full marriage equality across the United States. Strong families are a hallmark value of our state, and this ruling provides constitutional clarity that the rights of individuals and of LGBTQ families are protected by the same ideals for which our country’s founders fought. While Utah LGBTQ couples have had full equal rights within the state, they can now travel or move across the entirety of their country knowing their status doesn’t change by crossing a border, that they are equal everywhere they go.
Today we stand with all the current families, and future families, throughout the United States who are now equal in the eyes of the law of their country.
We are very excited to announce that as part of the Utah Pride Festival Grand Marshal Reception, featuring Janet Mock, there will be a number of Opportunity Drawings to benefit the Utah Pride Center. The grand prize of these drawings will be two Tiffany & Co. rings, worth over $6,000. Tickets are available to purchase here and all proceeds go towards programming for the Utah Pride Center.
A special THANK YOU to The Real Estate Team of Mona Stevens & Kelly Favero for sponsoring this year's Opportunity Drawing. Mona and Kelly's support ensures that 100% of the drawing's proceeds go directly to funding the programs of the Utah Pride Center. An additional thank you to our many other generous donors for providing more than $11,000.00 in donated goods, products & services for this year's drawing. Additional prizes, totaling more than $3,000.00, are not currently listed online. These prizes will be unveiled during the Grand Marshal event held on June 5, 2015.
As the Supreme Court begins deliberations on the marriage equality case heard before the justices this morning the Utah Pride Center joins all individuals in the State of Utah and across the country who believe that access to marriage for LGBTQ individuals is a fundamental human right.
Today is an historic moment in the fight for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights in the United States of America. For our community in Utah this will be a defining moment in the life-long work towards equality. It is our belief that very soon marriage equality will become a settled question and the law of the land in the entirety of the United States of America.
Parents, we have a fun night planned for you while your youth is at Queer Prom! Stop by the Utah Pride Center, just across the street from the library, for snacks and great company! This Saturday, April 18, from 8 to midnight at the Utah Pride Center. See you there!
Salt Lake City, UT – April 10, 2015 – The Utah Proud Center is proud to partner with the Girl Scouts of Utah to host a troop at the Center beginning on
April 13th, 2015 from 4pm to 5pm. This program provides youth in grades K-12 who identify as girls the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouting. During the Girl Scout sessions, youth may earn badges and explore the world around them. Through this program youth will develop a strong sense of self, develop positive values, gain practical life skills, feel connected to their communities, and have lots of fun.
“We are very excited to share our space with this troop,” said Sheila Raboy, Operations director of the Utah Pride Center. “We want to make sure that any girls who are interested in joining feel welcome and look forward to helping the troop grow.”
Join us for one of the best events of the year! Queer Prom is our annual dance for LGBTQ Youth and Allies!
This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 18th from 8pm to Midnight at the Downtown Salt Lake City Library.
This year's theme is Decades. We encourage everyone to dress up as their favorite decade. Formal and creativity are encouraged.
Tickets are $5 in advance and can be purchased at the Utah Pride Center or online. Tickets will be $10 at the door.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Utah Pride Center Applauds LDS Support of LGBT Housing & Employment Nondiscrimination
Salt Lake City, UT – January 27, 2015 – This morning, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put out a statement supporting the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation in Utah's statewide nondiscrimination statute for housing and employment. This would extend these existing protections to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals across the state.
"We applaud this statement of support from the LDS Church," said Utah Pride Center Board Chair Kent Frogley, "We are hopeful that growing support from organizations, businesses, and people of faith will finally make this nondiscrimination bill a reality. The Utah Pride Center sees the real and personal effects that discrimination has in the daily lives of people across the State. Passing nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community will increase safety and fairness in workplaces and housing."
The Utah Pride Center supports the work Equality Utah and others have done over the past several years to keep the importance of nondiscrimination protections in the public eye. We are hopeful that this year the Utah State Senate will hear the growing majority of voices calling for this change and act.
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Washington & Library Squares
Salt Lake City, Utah
We are happy to announce this year's Utah Pride Festival. The theme for 2015 is Pride Is. For more information and tickets, you can visit the Festival website.
The Utah Pride Festival is excited to announce the theme for the 2015 festival: “Pride is ____.
“With all that has happened in the last year and all that still remains to be done, we know that Pride means many things to many people,” said Jen Parsons-Soran, Co-Director for the Festival. “It can be about fun, love, rainbows, and so many other things. We want to celebrate and embrace that diversity, because it is a huge part of what makes the Utah Pride Festival such a great event."
The Utah Pride Festival steering committee chooses a theme each year based on community suggestions, relevant current events and what most resonates with what the Utah Pride Festival wants to bring to the community.The 2015 Utah Pride Festival will be held June 4–7 primarily at Washington and Library Squares in downtown Salt Lake City. The Interfaith Service on Thursday, June 4 will be held at First Baptist Church, with the Utah Pride Parade happening the morning of Sunday, June 7. The plans for the 2015 Festival include changes to the schedule and a massive revamping of the festival grounds. The new schedule of events includes moving the rallies and marches to Friday night along with a kick-off party and opening ceremonies to follow the Grand Marshal Reception, and holding the Pride Day 5K Fun Run on the Parade route on Sunday morning. A new “East Village” will utilize more space on Library Square including a stage, the art zone and kid’s area.
When: New Year's Eve from 10pm to 1am
Where: At the Utah Pride Center - 255 E. 400 S. Just across from Library Square and the Library Square Trax Station.
Stop by the Utah Pride Center on New Year's Eve for coffee, hot chocolate, and dessert! This is an all-ages friendly event! After you warm up and grab a snack, you can catch Trax right in front of the building, or call for a pickup to get home or on to your next event safely! We will also show the countdown on TV for anyone looking for a more mellow place to celebrate.