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The People of the Pride Center: Stephanie

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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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Stephanie

It's a warm place where I can be comfortable, where I don't need to worry about being misgendered.

— Stephanie

There is almost an endless amount of functions you can attend to make you feel comfortable and a part of the community.

— Stephanie
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Stephanie first came to the Utah Pride Center in September, “When I came out, about 95% of the people I knew left my life. I kind of resisted coming here at first, I think out of fear. I didn’t know what to expect. But, I came down and was given a tour. I met the staff and everyone was very welcoming. The first couple of times I came down using my deadname but I very rapidly I became Stephanie.
     “I started going to groups in October but I hesitated at first. I’ve always done things by myself. When it came to groups I just didn’t know what to expect.  The first few nights I wore a little bit of nail-polish, but by the third or fourth night I found myself able to present fully as a woman.

The Pride Center became a place to go when I had no place to go. Even if I haven’t been there in a while, when I walk in I feel like Norm from Cheers, I get ‘Hey Steph!’ from everybody, it’s very welcoming. It’s a warm place where I can be comfortable, where I don’t need to worry about being misgendered.”
     “I have made some excellent new friends, to be accepted here was huge. The Pride Center has affected me in a huge way. It has been an excellent, stupendous experience all away around. There is almost an endless amount of functions you can attend to make you feel comfortable and a part of the community. It’s has been a great deal of help.”

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