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During the last few months I have felt so alone. Reaching out to the Pride Center for mental health services has reminded me that I am not alone. I am so thankful to the mental health team. – Anonymous
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Pride Center Posts Trans Pride Flags in honor of Transgender Awareness Week and Trans Day of Remembrance
The Utah Pride Center partnered with Project Rainbow and Transgender Education Advocates (TEA) to honor the hundreds of transgender individuals who fell victim to anti-transgender violence this past year. Project Rainbow placed 324 trans pride ﬂags at the Salt Lake City and County Building, each ﬂag representing a person who was killed.
A virtual candlelight vigil took place on November 20th where each name was read. The trans pride ﬂag was also raised at the Center during Transgender Awareness Week. The Salt Lake City Council adopted a resolution recognizing November 20th as Transgender Day of Remembrance in their Tuesday formal meeting November 17th.
We at the Pride Center stand with our transgender family and mourn the loss of those whose lives were taken simply by being true to themselves.
12th Annual Genderevolution Conference
Focuses on Shattering Binaries
The Utah Pride Center hosted the annual gender conference, Genderevolution:
Shattering Binaries on November 13th and 14th. It was a virtual event that featured 30 lectures, workshops and panels offered by community members and professionals both in the LGBTQIA+ community and allies.
Keynote speakers included: Schuyler Bailar, the ﬁrst transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s team, Lydia X. Z. Brown, a disability justice advocate, organizer, educator, attorney, strategist and writer who focuses on violence against marginalized disabled people, and Kay Ulanday Barrett, a poet, performer, and cultural strategist.
Kay Ulanday Barrett had this to say about the conference. “Thank you all for hosting me and for sharing this wonderful space for all of us…I am grateful for working with all of you [at Genderevolution.]”
Lydia X. Z. Brown also expressed appreciation and a desire to return next year. “Thank you so much. I really enjoyed joining you for Genderevolution too and would love to work with you again.”
THANK YOU to our co-chairs Nick Arteaga, Kayla Aitken and the entire planning committee. A very special THANK YOU to Amanda Darrow and
Kelsey Kehoe for your leadership.
Intersex Awareness Day
October 26th was Intersex Awareness Day and to celebrate our Intersex community, the Pride Center raised the Intersex ﬂag for the ﬁrst time during a press conference. Following the press conference, some gathered downtown to spread awareness and hand out educational material. Watch the entire press conference below.
Courtney Skaggs, an intersex person who spoke at the event, shares their story here.
Pride Center Raises LGBTQ+ Soldier Flag on Veterans Day
A newly designed LGBTQ+ Soldier ﬂag was raised at the Center on Veterans Day to honor our LGBTQ+ Veterans. The Utah Pride Center honor’s all Veterans who have served and are serving to bring freedom and equal rights to all Americans.
“Queer people have served this country and have not only fought for LGBTQ+ rights but for the rights of all American citizens. We want to stand with them and honor them for their service and encourage other queer people to serve as well,” said Deb Hall, Director of Adult Programs at the Utah Pride Center.
Copies of the ﬂag were sent to LGBTQ+ Veterans who have served in the military.
Not Yo Mama’s Winter Market
Utah Pride Center and Clever Octopus are partnering up for a virtual holiday market featuring works from local artists. Click here for the interview on PBS with show host Mary Dickson and our very own Deb Hall.
Post-Election Support Group
After a polarizing election year, the Utah Pride Center felt it was necessary to hold a post-election support group the week following the November 3rdElection. Katie Perkins, the Center’s Suicide Prevention and Services Director says the support group was necessary as this election caused feelings of anxiety and stress for many. “We understand that this has been a tough year for everyone and that the months and weeks leading up to this election have also added stress. Our mental health has been affected during this time and we wanted to hold a space to share experiences and support one another,” said Perkins.
FOX13 interviewed Samantha Taylor with the LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce in this story, talking about the stress the election caused members of the community.
Generous Donations Help Support Life-saving Programs on #GivingTuesday
Many donors came out to support the Utah Pride Center on Giving Tuesday and we want to thank everyone for your continued support. Your donations allow us to provide life-saving services that address the mental health and overall well-being of at-risk LGBTQ+ individuals. If you missed out it’s not too late to give and DOUBLE your gift HERE.
Huge congratulations to our past board chair Mona Stevens for receiving the Utah Philanthropy Day 2020 Heroes Award for your service, sacrifice and contributions to the Utah Communities.
Thank you Q-Salt Lake for the 2020 Fabby Awards!
Most Fabulous Group for Youth – The Utah Pride Center dedicates an entire floor for youth to hang out, not to mention several services for them to build and grow. Many of those services include their families to make their home life a safe space as well. Huge snaps to Amanda Darrow and Kelsey Kehoe for leading our Youth and Family Programs.Most Fabulous Group to Donate Money – From youth to elders, from counseling to event facilities, our Utah Pride Center has something for everyone. Your money goes to lifesaving programs and services.Most Fabulous Leader of an LGBT Group – Huge snaps for Debb Hall who leads our SAGE senior program. Her work on helping LGBTQ+ seniors is making a difference in their lives.
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