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Tuesday, December 16 2014 12:57

New Year's Eve Coffee & Desserts

discoballWhen: 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.

The Utah Pride Center today accepted the resignation of Executive Director Steven Ha and would like to thank him for his service. Mr. Ha was recently diagnosed with a recurrence of lymphoma and is stepping down.

The mental health programs that Steven helped put in place are serving many members of our community and we look forward to building on the foundation Steven created during his tenure at the Utah Pride Center.

Day to day operations will continue under the direction of Sheila Raboy in the position of Interim Operations Director. She has resigned from the UPC Board of Directors in order to fill this important role and ensure continuity of programs. The highly capable Utah Pride Center staff along with Sheila will collaboratively work to maintain and improve the programs, services and events offered through UPC.

Plans for a search for a new Executive Director will be announced after the first of the year. In the interim the UPC Board will oversee the ongoing growth and expansion of programs, events, and partnerships.

Wednesday, December 03 2014 16:46

MasQueerade Winter Ball - Youth Dance

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When: Saturday, December 13th
Time: 7pm to 11pm
Where: Salt Lake City Union Pacifc Depot

Utah Pride Center's Youth Activity Center proudly presents the First Annual MasQueerade Winter Ball. Come dance the night away in your favorite Venetian style mask and semi-formal wear. Special performances and light refreshments will be provided. Parking is available at The Gateway for a small fee so carpool to save money. Must be 14-20 with photo ID required at the door. ADMISSION IS FREE!

Monday, December 01 2014 12:56

You Community Center 2014

ornament-webThis holiday season, please consider making a gift to support Youth Programming at the Utah Pride Center. Donations like yours fund vital programming for vulnerable LGBTQ youth, who are at an increased risk for bullying, homelessness, risk taking behaviors and suicide versus their non-LGBTQ peers.

With your help, we will launch our Youth Advocacy-Focused Mentor Program to give LGBTQ youth the personalized support they need to thrive. With your generous support, we plan to hire a case manager to assist youth at the highest levels of risk and find them the help they need to become vibrant, productive young adults.

You can make a difference in the lives of those in the LGBTQ community in our state! Donations made during this holiday season will be used to support important programming at the Utah Pride Center. Please make your donation right now!

Donate Today 

Other Ways to Give

Workplace Giving Campaigns

Check with your workplace for opportunities to support your favorite causes through payroll deduction. This is an easy way to support your community center. Some companies will even match your donation, allowing us to do even more life changing work!

If you don't see Utah Pride Center listed in your workplace giving lists, make sure to check with your HR department to see how to designate your gift. If your company matches gifts, visit your HR department for a matching gift form and forward it to us. If you have questions or need assistance, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

AmazonSmile

When you shop Amazon.com you can sign up for AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate money back to the Utah Pride Center! Just  visit AmazonSmile to sign up!

Donate a Car

We have partnered with the Center for Car Donations, who will pick up your old car for free and use it to generate proceeds for the Utah Pride Center! You can visit their website, or simply call 877-411-3662 to get started!

Smith's Community Rewards

Whenever you shop with your Smith's Rewards Card, you can help the Utah Pride Center.

  1. Visit: SmithsCommunityRewards.com
  2. Sign in or create your Online Account
  3. Find our organization (31267) & click save!

eBay Giving Works

You can buy and sell through the eBay Giving Works program, which allows a percentage of an auction to be donated to the Utah Pride Center. Visit the Giving Works page to get started.

2014 By the Numbers

Utah Pride Festival  
With over 34,000 attendees and 35,000 people at the parade, this was the biggest Pride yet! We had 896 amazing volunteers filling 1,400 shifts. 248 vendors participated at the Festival and we hosted 143 parade entries. 350 people attended the Interfaith service, 500 the rallies and marches, 289 runners at the 5K, and over 400 at the Grand Marshall reception
 
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Trans* Programing  
Trans* programming has hosted 4 events this year with 1050 served. TransAction hosts 10 participants a week for over 75 hours for the year. Trans* Support Group includes 14 participants with over 75 hours for the year. Trans* specific case management will serve 45 individuals this year.

Youth Programing  
Our youth drop-in center is open 3 days a week with an average of 10 youth for over 200 hours of drop-in service. Youth Support Group meets an average of 6 hours per month for 8 youth and 8 more for the Queer Support group. This year Queer Prom was attended by over 450 youth!

Volunteers  
volunteers This year we have had over 150 volunteers and over 3,200 volunteer 
hours in service of the 
Utah Pride Center, 
not including Festival volunteers!


Community Counseling & Wellness Clients  
April through October, 2014. Over 100 individual clients served.
Between July 2014 and October 2014 Over 120 hours of free service, worth over $14,000 
Over 38 hours of service at reduced cost. 
Our Space  
Our current unfinished space offers 5 meeting spaces, used by 40 different groups per month. Those groups bring an estimated 600 visitors to the Center each month. We also have 4 brand new computers and a printer in our Cyber Center thanks to the David Bohnett Foundation. 
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Our Library  
Thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers, we were able to reorganize the 3000 books in the Utah Pride Center Library, as well as making our collection is available for Online browsing on Library Thing. We also now have an official listing in the American Libraries Directory. Visit the library during regular business hours, or visit the catalog Online.

Youth Advocacy-Focused Mentor Program
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth are more likely to be bullied in school, kicked out of their homes, engage in risk-taking behavior, and struggle with suicide.

Surveys indicate that LGBTQ youth are more likely to attempt suicide. Of those reporting such an attempt in the twelve months, 25% were gay or lesbian, 28% were bisexual, and 18.5% were not sure of their sexuality. 6.5% identified as heterosexual (CDC, 2011).

All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society. However, not all children get the support they need to thrive.

You can help foster a sense of belonging and provide a safe haven for LGBTQ youth and show them that their orientation/gender identity is something to be celebrated.

Show your support with a donation, or visit the Utah Pride Center website for details on how to become a mentor.

 
 

A Year of Pride

Wow. This has been an incredible year. We have seen marriage equality come to Utah. Under new leadership from Steven Ha, the Utah Pride Center has built a Community Counseling and Wellness Program with two full-time therapists, laid the ground-work for a new youth advocacy based mentoring program, and is now accepting insurance as well as medicaid and Medicare. All of this increases our capacity to support our communities health and well-being in a safe space. At this year's Utah Pride Festival we were honored to have the plaintiffs from Utah's case against Utah's Amendment 3 as our Grand Marshals. We also drew 34,608 people to the festival and 35,000 people turned out for our amazing parade. This year we also increased efforts to serve Pride 

Festivals around the state. We were able to offer monetary and logistical support to both Moab Pride and Provo Pride, while laying the groundwork to support other Pride festivals across the  state of Utah. Our new building has come with challenges, but it has also put Utah Pride in the heart of downtown, with better visibility and accessibility. We currently host over 40 groups each month, ranging from support groups, to dance groups, to civic groups. We have also changed our hours to better support our evening programs. The Utah Pride Center is now open Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 8pm for business, but we still continue to support groups on Mondays and weekends and have brought on security staff to offer a safer space for our groups.

Love Equals Love

On November 2, 2004, a constitutional amendment, known as Utah Constitutional Amendment 3, was passed in Utah. It contained language that legally defines marriage as a union between a man & a woman, & negates legal family status to same-sex couples. 

In 2013, marriage equality moved closer when the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments against both Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. The Utah Pride Center was one of many organizations to file an Amicus Brief in support of marriage equality. On June 26th, 2013, both cases were decided favorably for equality. 
 Later that same year, a landmark case known as Kitchen v. Gary Herbert came before the US District Court. On December 20, 2013, Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down the marriage ban, stating that Amendment 3 was unconstitutional. He further mentioned that the law violated the US Constitution's right to equal protection & due process. While the State worked toward getting a motion to stay Judge Shelby's decision, the word spread throughout the state that the same-sex marriage ban had been lifted. In other words, same-sex couples could marry for the time being. Over a three week period, there were 1,308 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples. However, on January 6, 2014, a stay was issued by the United States Supreme Court, pending the appeals process. The district court, along with other courts around the country, continued to come down on the side of marriage equality. 
 On October 6th, 2014, marriage equality returned to Utah when the Supreme Court decided to not hear the pending cases and to let marriage equality stand. 
 The Utah Pride Center has been proud to support that goal, by writing briefs, working with the media, spreading visibility for the Kitchen v. Herbert Plaintiffs at this year's festival, and by supporting other organizations with space and equipment for rallies, meetings, and more.
Wednesday, November 12 2014 11:10

Thanksgiving Potluck

Thanksgiving Day Icon2Who: Everyone!
Date: Thursday, November 27th
Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Utah Pride, 255 E 400 S

Utah Pride will provide the Main Dish (turkey, ham, tofurkey) and beverages. Bring a potluck dish to share and join us for good food, games, and friends. Even if you can’t bring a dish, we want you here!

Potluck Items by Last Name:
Appetizers: A - G
Salads & Side Dishes: H - M
Desserts: N - Z
Vegan & Vegetarian items also needed!

For More information email:
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Wednesday, November 12 2014 11:08

Holiday Bazaar

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Saturday, November 22nd from 11:00am to 3:00pm.

Stop by the Utah Pride Center and get started on your holiday shopping with local vendors! Join us for local jewelery, stained glass, wedding decor & catering, prints, scarves, books, and more!

Thursday, October 09 2014 11:00

The Haunted Center

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Join us for a night of spooky fun at the Utah Pride Center! Bring out your best costumes, dust off your dancing shoes, and get ready for your skin to crawl!

  • Costume Contest w/ Prizes
  • Dancing
  • Treats
  • Scary Movies
  • Spook Alley
  • Tarot Readings
  • & More!

Our Costume Contest will include a panel of amazing judges!
1. Costumer Jen McGrew of McGrew Studios, LLC
2. Leatherworker Davey Stevenson of Utah Pride Center
3. Cosplayer Aspen Field of Aspen Cosplay Collection

This is an all ages friendly event!

Join the Event on Facebook!

Suggested donation of $5.

Friday, October 03 2014 12:41

NCOD Community Celebration

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Join us on Saturday, October 11th from 3PM to 5pm for our National Coming Out Day Community Celebration!

Join the Utah Pride Center for amazing local speakers, food by Zest Kitchen and Bar, tabling from local community groups, and entertainment by Edward Lopez & Christy Peterson!

We are also pleased to be presenting our Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Kristen M. Ries, M.D. and Carol "Maggie" Snyder, P.A.-C. We will also be handing out our Volunteer of the Year award and the new David Phan Social Justice Award.

Join the event on Facebook and invite your friends.

Parking is available off of 300 E in the parking garage between the church on Our Store, just across from the 7-11 at 300 E and 400 S.

Tuesday, September 23 2014 15:32

Bisexual Awareness Events

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September 23rd is Bi Visibility Day and the wonderful 1 to 5 Club (check them out on Facebook) has been hosting events all September long to help with Bi Awareness. Here is a full list of events:

Friday, September 5th - Bi Bowling and Bi Bar Night at Club Jam (7:00)
Monday, September 8th - OITNB night at the Pride Center! (7:00)
Saturday, September 13th: Button and T-Shirt Making at the Utah Pride Center (1:00-5:00)
Saturday, September 13th When She Speaks I Hear the Revolution (Jitterbug Cafe) (7:00)
Monday, September 22nd: The Radical Notions of Love conversation (Utah Pride Center) (7:30)
Tuesday, September 23rd: Bi Visibility Day (EVERYWHERE!)
Monday, September 29th: Coming Out Party (Utah Pride Center) (7:00)

We also would like to share this great resource on issues facing bisexual Americans.

Tuesday, September 16 2014 16:57

David Bohnett CyberCenter Grand Re-opening

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Tuesday, September 30th

from 5pm to 7pm at the Utah Pride Center.

Join us for a celebration of our newly updated CyberCenter with light appetizers and a short program.

Thanks to a generous funding from the David Bohnett Foundation, we are able to provide FREE computer, internet, and printer access to our community.

Monday, July 28 2014 13:39

Utah Pride Golf Classic 2014

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Sunday September 7, 2014
Stonebridge Golf Course

7am ~ Check-in and Breakfast
8am ~ Shotgun Start

Now in its fifteenth year, the Utah Pride Golf Classic attracts an impressive list of who's who in the LGBTQ community and many wonderful allies – including television personalities, politicians, and golfers of all ability levels. This annual tournament has a reputation for being the most fun you can have while raising money for a fantastic cause!

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Registration is $95*

Your registration fee covers: 18 holes, golf carts, breakfast, gift bags, lunch, prizes and more!

*ERegular registration is $95 from August 15 to August 28th. Late and Day-of registration is $125.

ALL-IN-ONE PRIDE PACKAGE & DRAWING TICKETS

For a donation of at least $100, you can receive 4 Mulligans, 2 Magic Putts and 100 Prize Drawing Tickets for your Foursome. Take the fuss out of Sunday morning and reserve your All-In-One Pride package during online registration. These packages will also be available at check-in the morning of the tournament.


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

By sponsoring the Utah Pride Golf Classic you empower Utah Pride to provide its vital programs and services which catalyze personal growth, acceptance, and equality for LGBTQ people in Utah, and most importantly: save lives. 

Cash and in-kind corporate sponsorship opportunities range from $350-$5,000.  Media sponsorship packages are also available. Based on your level of sponsorship, you could enjoy:

  • Opportunity to Welcome Golfers prior to Shotgun Start
  • Sign/Banner at Tournament & Party on the Patio
  • Logo Recognition on E-blast Communications
  • Recognition on the Utah Pride website and/or Facebook page
  • Free golfer(s) with Lunch
  • Table and/or Sign at Hole
  • Promo Material in Golfer Gift Bags
  • Ad and/or recognition in Golf Program
  • Listing in Utah Pride Annual Report

Our Sponsorship Packet is available here.

Questions? Contact Jen Parsons-Soran at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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