LGBTQ+ People of the Year goes to…
Each year QSaltLake selects the person (or people) who have made the greatest impact on Utah’s LGBTQ+ Community. We celebrate and recognize everyone who made the list and contributed to the benefit of our community. This year, several of those individuals come from the Pride Center’s staff including our very own Director of Adult Programing, Deb Hall and our Director of Operations, John Johnson.
Other recipients include:
|Each year QSaltLake selects the person (or people) who have made the greatest impact on Utah’s LGBTQ+ Community. We celebrate and recognize everyone who made the list and contributed to the benefit of our community. This year, several of those individuals come from the Pride Center’s staff including our very own Director of Adult Programing, Deb Hall and our Director of Operations, John Johnson.|
Other recipients include:Dallas Rivas, Project RainbowHarrison Spendlove, Harrison Spendlove PhotographyBonnie O’Brien & Kate Rusk, Ben Morgan and Cody Scott, 8-B!tch, Gene Gieber, co-owner of Club Try-Angles Michael Repp & Riley Richter, Sun-Trapp, Nicolas Rupp, Salt Lake County Department of Health Miles Broadhead, What Have You Been CookingRead the full article here.
Deb Hall, Director of Adult Programming at the Center, was chosen for her work in our SAGE program. Hall’s contribution has been crucial this year as the pandemic has caused seniors to turn to online and virtual resources for support and connection. We couldn’t be more proud of her work and dedication to the health and wellbeing of our LGBTQ+ Seniors. Hall says she’s overwhelmed with gratitude for this recognition.
“What an honor to receive this award! It is such a joy to serve LGBTQ+ people of Utah and working with seniors is the greatest joy of all! Whether we have in person events or online programming, our focus is always the community. We continue to save lives by providing resources, friendship, and a sense of belonging. We build community through our dedication and prove on a daily basis that love always wins.”
John Johnson, Director of Operations and Administration, was chosen for his work in PRIDE 2.0, which became known as the Pride Road Rally. When the pandemic caused the Center to cancel the annual Pride Festival, Johnson played a pivotal role in inventing a new way for people to gather safely and celebrate pride. Without his decisive and central role in the Road Rally, the Center would not have been able to pull off one of the only major events in Utah in 2020. We are proud to have Johnson as a member of the Pride Family and congratulate him on being selected. Johnson says he’s honored to be recognized in such a way.
“It’s an honor to serve our community and be instrumental in supporting a vibrant home for Utah’s LGBTQ+ community. Since 2008, we turned the Festival around ﬁnancially, so that it annually helps fund the life-saving programs and services of the Utah Pride Center. And thank you to the community who came out and embraced Pride 2.0, the Utah Pride Road Rally this year, raising $300,000 to keep the Pride Center aﬂoat during this pandemic.”
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We also want to express our gratitude to other “People of the Year” recipients who contributed to the Center in 2020.