Utah Pride Newsletter — February 2020

Leaping into February this Leap Year!

January was an exciting month for us, and we’re looking forward to keeping the momentum during February and March as well!

We had a great success at our Transformation beauty event, hosted by our SAGE Utah and TransAction programs, and launched our Youth D&D Gay-me Group, which leads a party of young adventurers along a journey through their imaginations once a week.

This month you can look forward to some wonderful community events, the return of our QPid’s Ball dance, and the return of the Utah Jazz Pride Night game!  Read through this newsletter to learn all about these upcoming affairs, opportunities, and more.  Thank you for being part of our community!

Utah Pride Center News
Utah Pride Night with the Utah Jazz
Friday, March 13th — 7pm to 10pm
Vivint Smart Home Arena — 301 South Temple, SLC
The Utah Jazz have generously invited the LGBTQIA+ community out to celebrate Utah Pride with them!  This will take place during the Jazz-Pelicans game on March 13th.  Organizations that serve the queer community will be recognized on the court before the game, including your Utah Pride Center and many more!There are multiple ticketing options available starting at $25.00 per ticket.  These tickets include:• Utah Jazz Pride T-shirt included with every ticket purchase
• Courtside photo opportunities and a postgame group photo on the court
• VIP early entry passStanding Room Only tickets are located in the Ford Fan Zone and do not include access to a seat.  The Ford Fan Zone is a great social space for large groups to take in the game.  The space includes tables and chairs in the lounge and a standing-room area with food and drink rails.To purchase your tickets, follow this link (or use the button at the bottom of this section): utahjazzgroups.com/event/utahpridegroup

There will also be a Skybox package available, starting at $95 per seat.  A Skybox package includes:

• Catered dinner, snacks, and drinks
• Private luxury seating in a Skybox
• Utah Jazz Pride T-shirt included with every ticket purchase
• Courtside photo opportunities and a postgame group photo on the court
• VIP early entry pass

To reserve your Skybox seats, contact Jacob at [email protected]

For more information, contact Andrew Gale at [email protected]

Purchase Tickets Here
Utah Pride Center Events
2nd Annual QPid’s Ball
Friday, February 7th — 6pm to 9pm
Horizonte Training Center — 1234 S. Main Street, SLC
The second annual QPid’s Ball is here! If you are wondering how the theme for a dance for 10-14 year-olds is picked and how this SPECIFIC theme was selected – dear reader, you are not alone. I can assure you, however, that the youth at the Utah Pride Center had much of the say. Any concept can become the theme for a queer event. As our youth will tell you, “but make it gay!”This time around, Youth and Family Program staff (YFP) heard the will of the people and decided to make medieval, gay! And how could we not! What ISN’T gay about the medieval world? Shiny, nonfunctional outfits! Jewel tones! Royalty! The fall of one of histories greatest empires and the ensuing political, economic, and social turmoil that would eventually morph into the Renaissance! It all screams gay!Youth ages 10-14 can join us on February 7th 2020 from 6pm – 9pm at Horizonte School (1234 Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah)! This event is FREE! We’ll have FREE food, FREE Mocktails, FREE Cupcakes, and a TALENT SHOW! Also, parents can hang out UPSTAIRS in our Parents and Caregivers Lounge while youth dance DOWNSTAIRS! Snacks and good company are provided for parents as well! Email [email protected] for more information or for accessibility accommodations.
2nd Annual Queer Food Festival
Saturday March 28th — 7pm to 10pm
Jaden Event Center at Trolley Square — 602 East 500 South, SLC
In partnership with Laziz Kitchen, your Utah Pride Center is excited to bring back the Queer Food Festival!  Join us for an evening of drinks, entertainment, and (most importantly) delicious queer food!What is queer food, you ask?  Why, it’s food that is made, served, chopped, cooked, bussed, ran, shaken and stirred by your fellow queer industry workers and establishment operators. This will be a fun night with bites, cocktails, music, and a drag show celebrating our wonderful contributions to food and drink in the city, all while supporting the Utah Pride Center!Entry includes a complimentary beverage and amazing nibbles from numerous local eateries.Tickets are $40 at the door, or $35 if you purchase them online ahead of time, so be sure to buy yours using the button below before they run out!
Purchase Tickets Here
Utah Pride Center Programs
Gender-Expansive Puberty Education: Pathways to Adult Bodies
Sunday February 9th — 10am-2:30pm
Utah Pride Center — 1380 S. Main Street, SLC
Ages 9-11 and Parents/Caregivers
Join the Utah Pride Center and Planned Parenthood Association of Utah for an engaging free workshop for gender-expansive youth and their caregivers to share lived experiences and learn about a range of relevant gender-affirming options.Through videos, demonstrations, activities and group discussions, this workshop will facilitate meaningful connections and conversations to support gender-expansive youth and their families during this time of changeEmail [email protected] for more information
SAGE Utah’s Bi-Hive Group
1st Thursday of Every Month — 6pm to 7pm
Utah Pride Center — 1380 S. Main Street, SLC
Does your identity include:
● Bisexuality?
● Pansexuality?
● Sexual flexibility or fluidity?
● Being age 40 or over (or having a partner who is 40 or over)?Come join your peeps! The Bi-Hive is a fun and resourceful meeting hosted by our SAGE Utah group for folks ages 40 and over to meet peers who identify with similar sexuality as they do.  Meetings range from discussion groups to activity nights and more!
The Utah Queer Historical Society February Oratory
featuring Fran Pruyn
Wednesday, February 26th — 6:30pm to 8pm
Utah Pride Center — 1380 S. Main Street, SLC
The Utah Queer Historical Society, a program of your Utah Pride Center, brings you an oratory once a month where we get to hear from members of Utah queer history themselves.This month we are honored to have Fran Pruyn give an oratory for us.  Fran has served as the Board Chair of the Utah Pride Center, and has sat on the Boards of Directors for several other non-profit organizations in both the architecture and arts worlds, including the Performing Arts Coalition, the Utah Cultural Alliance, and KRCL-FM.Awards include the Dr. Kristin Ries Community Service Award, the SLC Mayor’s Artist Award (Performing Arts), and Marketer of the Year from SMPS. Fran has directed over 50 plays and produced scores more, including “The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon,” and has also taught Queer Theater at the U. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Pygmalion Productions, a theatre company that gives voice to women’s issues and performs at the Rose Wagner Theatre.The event is free, but donations to the Historical Society are welcome.
Community Events
1st Annual Two Spirit Pow Wow
Saturday, February 22nd — 12pm to 6pm
Urban Indian Center — 120 West 1300 South, SLC
For the first time, The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake has partnered with the Utah Pride Center to bring Utah’s communities a pow-wow centered around two-spirit people.  We are proud to be working together on this diverse event, as there exists intersections between two spirit people and the transgender community.”Two-spirit” refers to a person who identifies as having both a masculine and a feminine spirit, and is used by some indigenous people to describe their sexual, gender, and/or spiritual identity.The Urban Indian Center has generously offered 50 reserved seats for the Utah Pride Center communities. You can reserve tickets for free by using the link in the button below.
Reserve Tickets Here
Utah AIDS Foundation’s Venetian Carnival Red Carpet Gala
Sunday, February 9th — 6pm to 10pm
The Grand Building at the Utah State Fairpark — 155 North 1000 West, SLC
Our friends at the Utah AIDS Foundation will be hosting their 30th Annual Red Carpet Gala at The Grand Building in Salt Lake City.  This will be an evening of wining, dining, silent auction, recherché entertainment and premier viewing of the 92nd Academy Awards. All funds raised will help those living with HIV/AIDS and help stop new infections through targeted outreach and education.This year’s theme is Venetian Carnival. Venetian masks have a long history of protecting the wearer’s identity during promiscuous or decadent activities and served as a means to conceal an individual’s social status ensuring everyone was equal.Purchase your tickets before they sell out by using the button below!
Purchase Red Carpet Gala Tickets Here
Emerging Student Leadership Program Fundraiser Drive
Tuesday February 25th & Wednesday February 26th
The University of Utah’s LGBT Resource Center will be running a two-day fundraising effort for a program called the Emerging Student Leadership Program (ESLP). This program strives to provide opportunities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer / Questioning, Intersex and Asexual students to explore — often for the first time in their lives — what it means to be an LGBTQIA+ leader and to challenge narrow ideas about who can lead.This program has had such a profound impact on the lives of students right here in Utah.  If you are able to join in and help keep this important resource going, please visit the ESLP’s website using the button below to learn more.
Emerging Student Leadership Program
Involvement Opportunities
As a community center and group, we do best when the community comes together to help make us the best we can be.  We have always valued our volunteers and have been at our most prosperous and productive with an excellent team of volunteers helping support the work that we do.

We could use volunteers for a number of roles, including (but not limited to):

• Front Desk / Lobby
• Events
• Festival
• Media Support
…and more!

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please make use of the link below to sign up to do so.

Sign Up to Volunteer
Seeking Volunteer Leaders for Utah Pride Festival 2020!
We are looking for dedicated, hard-working, fun, high energy folks to volunteer in a leadership position for the 2020 Utah Pride Festival! This would require you to be available for the full day from Thursday, June 4-Monday June 8 (depending on your role). Some of the positions available are:Green Team Leader : Assist with hitting our sustainability goals, high focus on recycling, keeping festival ground clean, managing general volunteers.Bar Lead: Run one of our liquor bars, manage volunteers, serve pre-determined drinks, train new volunteers each shiftLogistics: Help set up/tear down the 2020 Utah Pride Festival, assist with managing group volunteers during set upParade/5K/Marches and Rallies: Lots of pre-festival work including answering emails, attending meetings, and helping manage the parade itselfAnd SO MUCH MORE!

Fill out an application using the button link below.

Apply to be a Festival Volunteer Leader Here
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