Utah Pride COVID-19 Updates
State of The Center - April 17th, 2020
Utah Pride Center Director, Rob Moolman, talks about the State of The Center after one month of COVID-19.
2020 Pride Festival Postponed
Pride isn’t just a parade or a festival in June. Pride is in us all!
[Salt Lake City, UT – March 31st, 2020] In an effort to keep everyone safe and allow the tens of thousands of people who enjoy the annual event to attend, the 2020 Utah Pride Festival is being moved to the end of September. The Pride Days theme for 2020 is Love On, Live On – our hope is that we can all focus on this message as we move through these uncertain times with optimism for better days to come!
The 2020 Utah Pride Festival presented by Mark Miller Subaru & Young Automotive Subaru and the Utah Pride Parade presented by Intermountain Healthcare & SelectHealth and all of the related Pride Days events have been postponed due to imminent mass-gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This decision was made based on Governor Gary Herbert’s “Utah Leads Together Plan” and in consultation with our local public health sector.
The new dates for the Utah Pride Festival and Parade are September 26-27, 2020. As usual, the March and Rally, OUTdoors and Proud 5K, and the Festival Opening Ceremony will happen on Saturday. The Pride Parade and final day of the Festival in Washington Square will occur on Sunday.
“With all the uncertainty and stress we’re all feeling due to this pandemic, let’s have Pride last all summer long, culminating with the biggest turn out we’ve ever seen at the Pride Festival in September. I think we could all use more love and Pride this year.” said Rob Moolman, Executive Director, Utah Pride Center.
If you haven’t already signed up to participate in this year’s fabulous festival, applications have been extended! Parade applications have been extended to May 1st and early-bird pricing for vendor booths has been extended to April 17th for the first 50 finalized booths. Currently registered Festival vendors and Parade entrants will have the option to participate on the new dates or receive a refund minus any application fees. For more details on these options, please visit the Utah Pride Center’s COVID-19 updates page here.
As always, we continue to offer support to our LGBTQ+ Community and allies at the Utah Pride Center. We will continue to monitor and follow any public health directives and update accordingly. In the meantime, we look forward optimistically to celebrating with you in September. Even as we have temporarily closed the doors of our building, we are responding to the needs of many of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. For an update on our current operations, including virtual programming and mental health services visit https://www.utahpridecenter.org
The Utah Pride Center unites, empowers and celebrates Utah’s diverse LGBTQ+ community by providing a safe and welcoming space for education, partnerships, services and events which advance our collective health, wellness and success.
When we get through April we will be able to re-assess a new date to open our doors once more, in alignment with the recommendations of the CDC and the Utah Department of Health. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in person once more! Remember that while our physical space is closed, we are still here for you digitally. Most of our groups and programs conducting virtual meetings. Our mental health team is still conducting groups and individual therapy sessions remotely as well. And the new Utah Pride Center Lobby group is a great place to stay connected with your community during this time too! Remember that we are still here for you, and we still love you. Stay safe, and take care of yourselves and one another. 💜
Effective immediately, your Utah Pride Center is putting into effect a plan of action in regard to COVID-19/coronavirus. Our obligation to our community is to be present for you while simultaneously considering the safety of our community members in light of what the W.H.O. has declared a pandemic.
Our full plan is available in the images below this message, but to summarize:
- There will be a 30-day hiatus on events, including but not limited to the Queer Food Festival, The Sun Revisited, and Queer Prom. These will be postponed and rescheduled.
- All in-person programming at the Center is postponed effective immediately. Please reach out to the group coordinator for information on web/online opportunities to continue to participate.
- We are going to make sure the individuals receiving mental health services through us are still able to receive that life-saving work. Please contact your individual therapist for options on how to access your therapy sessions during this period.
We greatly appreciate your understanding. We are not leaving you– we are still here for you, and will continue to be. Stay safe, and take care of yourselves and others.