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The People of the Pride Center: Hillary McDaniel

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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.

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Hillary McDaniel

[The Utah Pride Center] has given me tools to thrive and as well a community to engage with - to reach out for support and to give support.

— Hillary

The Pride Center is truly a space for everybody, regardless of the way you identify. We have a program for people of all walks of life, all ages, all experiences.

— Hillary
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“The Pride Center came into my life one day when I was listening to the radio. They were talking about a survivor of sucide attempt support group that was specifically for LGBTQ people. It was the first of its kind in Utah, later I came to learn that it was the first of its kind in the nation. They were taking their suicide prevention efforts to the next level.” Hillary quickly decided to reach out and join the support group.
  “The Pride Center literally saved my life. I know that might sound cliche, but for me it was life saving. It has given me tools to thrive and as well a community to engage with – to reach out for support and to give support.”

When asked what the Utah Pride Center means to her, Hillary responded “The Pride Center is truly a space for everybody, regardless of the way you identify. We have a program for people of all walks of life, all ages, all experiences. The money that we raise in all of our efforts goes to save lives and directly to services.
     “There are people in this community who care enough to come together and help each other. The Pride Center is a place where you can come and find your chosen family. You don’t even have to stay in the Center to keep building that family, it goes with you.”

 

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