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Wednesday, April 22 2015 12:31

60 Minute Board Public Comment Section

To more effectively engage with the members of the LGBTQ community, the 15- minute public comment section formerly held with each board meeting is being expanded to 60 minutes at a separate meeting to be scheduled the week prior to each UPC board meeting.  The first of these meetings will be held this Friday, April 24th from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
Community members are still welcome to attend UPC Board meetings with the understanding that no public comments will be on the agenda.
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Friday, April 17 2015 09:03

Queer Prom: Parents Night Out!

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!

Follow our Event on Facebook for more information!

Wednesday, April 15 2015 18:55

Utah Pride Center Hosts Girl Scout Troop

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
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th, 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.”

Meetings will be held every Monday at the Utah Pride Center. Those who are interested in joining are encouraged to stop by on April 13th. Anyone with additional questions is invited to reach out to Sheila Raboy, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Tuesday, February 17 2015 16:51

The IKEA Life Improvement Challenge

250x250 for charity websitesHelp us to continue to make a difference. We’re participating in the 5th annual ‘IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge’ – a program that gives our charity the chance to win a makeover from IKEA Draper. This makeover will help us create a space for Utah Pride that is functional, inviting and well-designed — a place our community can feel welcome and comfortable.

Participating is simple. All you have to do is go to the website and vote for Utah Pride Center. You can vote once a day from February 16th until March 2nd. It’s that easy!

Friday, February 13 2015 13:48

Decades: Queer Prom 2015

Art Queer PromJoin 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.

Follow our Event on Facebook for more information!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Media Contact: Davey Stevenson, Communications Director - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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P.O. Box 1078, Salt Lake City, UT 84110  ~  801.539.8800  ~  UtahPrideCenter.org

Monday, January 26 2015 15:34

2015 Utah Pride Festival Applications

Utah Pride Festival LogoThursday, June 4 to Sunday, June 7

Washington & Library Squares
Salt Lake City, Utah

We are happy to announce that applications are now open for this year's Utah Pride Festival. If you are interested in participating, you can visit the Festival website, or click on the links below.

Vendors:

  • Food Vendor – Full Service Rate is $850, $50 refundable deposit (to be collected at orientation), plus options / Dessert is $425, $50 refundable deposit (to be collected at orientation, plus options.
  • Nonprofit - Early $275, $50 refundable deposit (to be collected at orientation), plus options / Standard $325 / Late $400
  • Business 10×10 – Early $475, $50 refundable deposit (to be collected at orientation), plus option / Standard $550 / Late $650
  • Local/Small Business – Early $275, $50 refundable deposit (to be collected at orientation), plus options / Standard $325 / Late $400
  • Art Zone – Rate is $125, area for artists to vend their work
  • Grass Roots Zone – Rate is $125, area for nonprofit and social groups that may not be able to solely afford a 10 x 10 booth
  • Scholarships – Scholarships are available through an application process for organizations that may be unable to pay full booth fees

Parade:

Volunteers:

Pride Day 5K Fun Run:

Other:

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.

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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