A Look Back on PRIDE 2021
Pride 2021 will go down in history as the most unique Pride Week Utah has ever seen. One thing we know is the LGBTQIA+ community here in Utah will not give up. Despite the pandemic, we were able to pivot and create experiences and spaces where we can come together and celebrate who we are. As the video shows above, the Pride Story Garden gave us all a “piece of history” and allowed us to learn more about where we came from.
Story Garden visitors said this was one of the most memorable Pride’s they’ve ever experienced. Read what some were saying on social media.
Best PRIDE I have ever had the pleasure to attend. Most meaningful PRIDE to bring my family.Zane Bekayci Bates on Facebook
I attended this, this year and this was the first year that I came out so this was a really big and important event for me and you guys really made it special to me! Thank you.@alpacacinoadventures on Instagram
The Pride Story Garden helped me find a deeper connection with who I am. The work I’ve done over the last few years brought me to a place I’d be ready to accept and embrace who I am.@kenkennykennnyg on Instagram
|We want to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in Pride Week and helped contribute to the lifesaving programs and services at the Utah Pride Center. Take a look at some of the other events and festivities from Pride Month.|
Flag Raising Ceremonies
|We kicked off Pride week with multiple flag raising ceremonies both at the Utah Pride Center and at the City and County Building with Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall and other city leaders. Other cities around the state did the same, including Park City. We are grateful for government leaders who continue to show their on-going love and support.|
Pride Proclamation and Visit by Utah Governor Spencer Cox
For the first time in Utah Pride Center history, a sitting Governor walked through the Center’s doors to pay us a visit. Earlier that month he also issued a proclamationcelebrating LGBTQ+ Pride. “Here in Utah, we strive to create a culture of hope, love, understanding, and respect by celebrating our common humanity,” the governor posted on his official Twitter account. “Happy Pride Month, Utah!”
Pride Interfaith Service
Many tuned in to the virtual Pride Interfaith Service where people of all faiths, religions or belief systems were invited to come together in a pride affirming service. This year it was hosted by the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City with Rev. Monica Dobbins. The service featured guest speaker Angie Rice who, together with Sean Childers-Gray, called on Utah’s high court to overturn a decision that denied them the opportunity to change their sex designation on their driver’s license and won!
THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS & STAKEHOLDERS
We couldn’t do this without you!
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
Thank you for supporting our lifesaving programs and services!
Save the Date for 30th Anniversary Pride Week Celebration
The Utah Pride Festival and Pride Parade will return!
Save the date for June 1st – 5th, 2022