The People of the Pride Center: Kayla Aitken
This year instead of us telling you how great the Pride Center is, we thought we’d let members of the community speak for themselves. We invite you to read our stories and find out about our communities and community center while considering your year-end giving.
Kayla is an autistic transgender woman and aspiring computer programmer and pilot. Though she was assigned male at birth, she knew from the young age of 5 that something was amiss with that assignment. Kayla attended BYU after a 2 year mission in Korea. While at BYU, her professors encouraged her to ask questions which eventually led her to atheism and a renounced church membership.
Finally having the breathing room she needed, Kayla explored her gender identity and began transition. Today she works on the communications team at StubHub and enjoys volunteer work with the Utah Pride Center. She has served on the genderevolution planning committee since 2016 with the love of her life , Nick Arteaga.
“The Utah Pride Center, to me, is a home away from home, a family and a shoulder to cry on. It’s is an environment that gives one the opportunity to grow and see oneself in a new and more positive light. It’s a place to learn, a place to love, a place to serve, and a place to receive service. The UPC isn’t just place, it’s a people, a way of thinking, and a way of remembering. It’s a place of hope and a path of peace.“
“The UPC has given me a family at a time when I felt I had none. It has enlightened my mind and lightened my soul. I cherish the time I’ve had at the UPC and the life saving programs it has provided those that need them the most.”