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Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:36

Counseling & Wellness Center Open House

OpenHouse-01Join us on Thursday, July 31st for an Open House!

6:00 PM: Meet & Greet Social with light appetizers, and a hot and cold tea bar.

6:30 PM: Program featuring a Blessing Ceremony by various faith groups.

Hosted at the Utah Pride Center to introduce our Counseling and Wellness Staff.

10thCir-01Today the 10th District Court of Appeals issued their decision; Judge Shelby’s ruling to overturn Utah’s unconstitutional ban on same sex marriage is upheld!

We would like to release the following statement in response:

For a decade and a half, Utah lawmakers have enacted legislation that obstructs the rights and protections of LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families. The Tenth Circuit’s opinion today affirms Judge Shelby’s decision, and joins the unanimous chorus of federal judges who recognize that the United States Constitution requires that the fundamental right to marry be extended to gay and lesbian couples. We encourage Governor Herbert and Attorney General Sean Reyes to stop spending tax dollars to defend Utah’s unconstitutional ban on marriage equality and accept the lawful decisions of our federal courts. Even our Senior United States Senator, Orrin Hatch, accepts the rulings of the federal judiciary recognizing marriage equality. Utah’s gay and lesbian couples are ready to move forward with their lives and continue to help make Utah the best place to raise a family.

News Coverage:

ABC4 - Early reaction, including the Utah Pride Center's Executive Director

KUTV2 - Collection of Responses

Wednesday, May 07 2014 13:23

Just Gender Screening

JG250The Utah Pride Center, Our Fund, and the City Library are pleased to announced SLC's premier screening of "Just Gender".

When: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Where: Salt Lake City Library. 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT

Tickets: $10 standard, $5 student. On Sale Now!

JUST GENDER tackles the all too often misunderstood world of transgender people. The film explores the common myths and misunderstandings about transgender people, as well as the confusion between sexual orientation and gender identity as reflected in the rigid binary view of the world generally held by society. JUST GENDER also touches on the discrimination, hardships and brutality resulting from those misconceptions and prejudices, including the numerous deaths caused by hate each year. Through the stories of transgender individuals and their spouses, friends, and allies, the film explores the confusion, the isolation, and the fear felt by many transgender persons. It also reveals their growing awareness and acceptance, and ultimately their joy in blossoming comfort as transgender individuals.

There will be a 30 minute panel discussion about the film, immediately after its screening.

All proceeds will benefit the Utah Pride Center and its programs providing support to the LGBTQ community.

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Wednesday, March 26 2014 09:19

Utah Pride Festival 2014

We are excited to announce that Betty Who and Steve Grand will be our 2014 Pride Festival Headliners. These two amazing singer/song writers will be helping us celebate this year's festival with live performances. Visit the Headliner's section of the Pride Festival website for more information.

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We are also pleased to announce that the couples invovled in the Utah Marriage Equality case have been invited to this year's festival as our Grand Marshals. They will be officially receiving their awards at the Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, June 8th at 7PM. Laurie Wood and Kody Patridge, Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, Kate Call and Karen Archer have taken the lead in the court case against Utah’s Amendment 3 and exemplify the courage, tenacity and heart of so many LGBTQ Americans who have worked, and continue to work, for equality under the law.

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Every year, a committee of volunteers, staff and community organizations work together to produce the Utah Pride Festival in June. Begun in 1983, the annual event has grown dramatically from those small and rather secretive first gatherings to a 3-day festival including national headliners, Pride Film Festival, the Pride Parade with Grand Marshall Reception, a Pride Interfaith Service, Dyke March, Transgender March, and the Interfaith March.

Visit the Utah Pride Festival website for more information.

The 2014 Utah Pride Festival will be held June 5-8, 2014. Follow the Utah Pride Festival on Facebook for the latest updates.

Sunday, March 16 2014 20:16

Point. Click. Donate. Awesome!

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Thank you to everyone who donated!

Utah Pride Center had 100 lovely donors on March 20th. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Friday, March 14 2014 09:39

Queer Prom 2014

Poster2Event for LGBTQ and ally youth ages 14-20

Theme: When Love Takes Over

Saturday, April 19th
8pm-Midnight

Salt Lake City Library

$5 in advance, $10 at the door
Tickets available at the Utah Pride Center, or online.

Follow the event on Facbeook.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors:

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Wednesday, February 05 2014 12:51

Library Grand Re-opening and Book Sale!

libraryJoin us Friday, February 7th from 4pm to 7pm at the Utah Pride Center for a Wine & Cheese reception.

Stop by and see all of the amazing hard work from our Library Volunteers in setting up the Utah Pride Center Library!

We have 100's of LGBTQ themed and other books available for sale during a Wine & Cheese reception.

Bring in (or buy onsite) a title from our Amazon Wish List and take home 5 books from our sale!

Thursday, January 23 2014 15:02

Utah Pride Center Board Meeting - January 27th

Monday, January 27th 2014.
Starting at 6:00 PM at the Utah Pride Center.

Agenda

6:00 PM
1 - Minutes from last meeting approval  - 5 minutes

6:05 PM
2 - Proposed Board Meeting Schedule for 2014 – 5 minutes

  • January 27
  • February 24
  • March24
  • April 28
  • May 19 - a week earlier to avoid Memorial Day
  • June - no meeting because of Pride Fest
  • July 28
  • August 25
  • September 29
  • October  27
  • November 24
  • December - no meeting

6:10 PM
3. Pride Festival Update - 10 minutes

6:20 PM
4. Discussion with SAGE Representatives – 20 minutes

6:40 PM
5. New Board Member Applications - 15 minutes

6:55 PM
6. Financial Report and Audit Status- 15 minutes

7:10 PM.
7. Firearms Policy at Pride - 5 minutes

7:15 PM
8. Ongoing Community Meetings – 10 minutes

7:25 PM
9. Public Comment - 15 minutes

Individuals may sign up prior to the meeting for one of five slots of three minutes each

Monday, January 13 2014 17:09

Utah Pride Center Board Application

The Utah Pride Center supports and serves the Utah LGBTQ community and its allies to strengthen our collective vision, impact, and collaboration.

MISSION

The Utah Pride Center is a catalyst for building and celebrating the strength, equality, dignity and self-determination of the LGBTQ community throughout Utah. We are committed to excellence in execution and the continuing improvement of all programs, services, education and advocacy. We value and support individuals, families, and allies and building partnerships across communities.

VISION

An LGBTQ community living openly in dignity, united in working for acceptance and equality.

GUIDING PRINCIPALS

We believe in the dignity and equality of all people
We believe in innovative thinking and responsible action
We believe those individuals who know or who are questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity deserve a safe, nurturing environment
We believe in programs which educate, empower and foster integrity
We believe in celebrating diversity
We believe in the importance of educating the community-at-large about issues affecting LGBTQ people
We believe in working collaboratively with LGBTQ organizations locally and nationally.

The Utah Pride Center is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Utah (see Utah Revised Nonprofit Corporation Act, Utah Code Ann. § 16-6a-101 et seq.).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors is the governing body for the Utah Pride Center and, as such, board members have a fiduciary duty to the organization pursuant to Utah Code Ann. § 16-6a-822. The Utah Pride Center Bylaws. The Board consists of 4-21 Directors and is led by the Executive Committee. The Board of Directors may appoint voting and non-voting as is required or desired from time to time.

QUALIFICATIONS

Individuals aged 21 years and above may serve as members of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may set forth and emphasize other qualifications for membership and reserves the right to appoint Directors, Officers, and Agents by simple majority vote.

DIVERSITY

To the extent that qualified persons are available, the Board of Directors works to ensure board composition reflects the diversity of the community served by the organization.

DUTIES OF THE BOARD

In addition to any duties set forth by law, the Board of Directors is responsible for: (1) Determining the overall mission, vision and purpose of the organization; (2) Ensuring effective organizational planning through short and long term strategic planning; (3) Recruiting, supporting and evaluation of the Executive Director; (4) Ensuring the organization is properly managed; (5) Contracting for an independent audit annually; (6) Making certain that financial resources are properly managed, including investments; (7) Enhancing the organization's public image; (8)Assessing the Board of Directors own performance through an annual board evaluation; (9) Recruiting new Directors and providing ongoing Director training and development; (10) Ensuring that all legal procedures are properly followed; (11) Approving the fundraising goals and plans, and participating in fundraising efforts; and (12) Performing all duties incident to the office and such other duties as may be prescribed from time to time, including but not limited to, task force or committee participation.

APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Download the Application.
  2. Complete application and gather necessary additional materials.
  3. Email completed application to the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Friday, January 10 2014 17:03

Our Statement on Marriage Equality

loverallyLast month, a U.S. Federal Judge ruled that Utah's ban on marriage equality was unconstitutional. Hundreds of couples from around the state rushed County Clerk's offices in an effort to get legally married before an appeal could be filed and a halt on marriages occurred. As weddings have taken place over the past few weeks, the celebrations have been loving and joyous for LGBT families and friends.

On January 6, the United States Supreme Court issued an immediate stay on marriages in Utah while the Courts review the legal arguments on both sides of this important case. We are confident the Court will reach the same inevitable conclusion as Judge Shelby and know that justice and equality for LGBT Utahans and their families will prevail.

On January 8, the State again tried to single-out LGBT couples and their families for unfair treatment under the law. The State admitted this disparate treatment causes irreparable harm and Governor Herbert conceded that recognition of these marriages causes no additional burden on State resources. To retroactively invalidate over 1,300 marriages is an unprecedented defiance of reason, fairness, and justice. The Utah Pride Center stands for equal treatment and due process for all families and will continue to advocate and educate the public on their behalf.

The Utah Pride Center, along with our community partner Equality Utah, will be filing an amicus brief on the appeal at the 10th Circuit Court in support of the legal effort started by Restore Our Humanity. As this case moves forward, we will continue to work with our community partners and keep fighting to make marriage equality the law in Utah.

This morning (January 10), United States Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement that the Federal Government would recognize Utah couples who were married before the stay. Utah couples can receive all of the federal benefits granted to married couples as well as file joint federal taxes.

The Utah Pride Center agrees with and supports the U.S. Government's position recognizing the constitutional validity and lawfulness of the marriages of Utah's LGBT individuals. The U.S. Government's position affirms and protects the rights of all Utah citizens, families, and children. We call on Utah's Governor and Attorney General to also honor the commitment of all families in Utah. We can no longer allow state sponsored and enforced discrimination against LGBT Utahans. We must not put fundamental rights up to a vote. Justice has and will continue to prevail. We look forward to resolving any conflict of laws through our judiciary and anticipate that we soon will have full equality under Utah law.

The ACLU of Utah is handling the class action lawsuit against the State of Utah. If couples are interested in being a part of this suit, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include your phone number. An informational session about the class action suit will be held on Tuesday, January 14 at 7PM at the Utah Pride Center.

Equality Utah, the Utah Pride Center and others will be having marriage informational sessions with attorneys, financial planners and other experts to answer your questions regarding this constantly changing issue. The first seminar will be on Saturday, February 1 at 10 AM at the Utah Pride Center. Additional seminars around the state are also being planned.

Monday, December 23 2013 08:58

Important Information for Monday

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UPDATE: 12:30PM - States Request for stay has been denied by Judge Shellby. All County Clerks must continue to issue marriage licenses to all Utahans. We have not heard anything from the Appeals Court in Denver as of yet.

1. We have confirmed that Weber, Washington, Davis and Salt Lake County Clerks will be issuing marriage licenses tomorrow morning beginning at 8:00 AM. You do not need to be a resident of those counties to get a license.

2. Be prepared. Fill out the marriage application ahead of time and bring the license fee in cash and valid identification. Applications and fees very by county and can be found at http://utah.gov/government/citycounty.html. Officiants will be on hand to perform marriages at the clerks' offices. Please help make sure the process goes as efficient and quick as possible.

3. If your application is denied, be civil and ask that your application be submitted as denied with a time and date stamp. Please contact the Utah Pride Center immediately at 801.539.8800 so that we can pass your information along to an attorney.

4. There will be a hearing on the State's request for a stay Monday at 9:00 AM. We are hopeful a stay will be denied but if it is granted, clerks can begin denying licenses even if you have filled out the paperwork and are already in line. Please remain courteous to the clerks at all times as this will likely be a busy and hectic morning.

5. If a stay is issued, all marriages granted before will NOT be affected.

6. If you have been married in another state and want to get a Utah marriage license, we encourage you to talk to an attorney first. This is new and uncharted legal territory and an attorney can give you the best advice on how to proceed.

7. For regular updates, stay tuned to our Facebook page. Feel free to call our office at 801.539.8800 if you have any further questions.

8. We will be celebrating with wedding cake at the Utah Pride Center beginning at 10:00 AM. We will have staff and volunteers to help keep you up-to-date and answer your questions. We will also have materials to make posters for tomorrow night's celebration rally hosted by Restore Our Humanity.

9. Bring your friends and family to tomorrow's celebration rally at Salt Lake City & County Building 6:00 PM!

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