Utah Pride Center Newsletter — March 2020

March: A Month with Lots to Do!

With February wrapped up, we’re excited to spring into March where warmth and plenty of community events await us!

Last month we saw history made– the very first Two-Spirit Pow Wow in the state of Utah!  Over 400 people gathered to bear witness and participate in this momentous occasion, and we thank everyone who came out to show their support.  We also started our Friday Veterans groups, support groups for LGBTQIA+ veterans, which will be continuing through 2020, and launched our new Membership Program for donors where we’re able to give perks and prizes back as a way of saying thank you!

Moving into March we have much to look forward to!  We’ll be seeing the return of the Utah Pride Group Night with the Utah Jazz, where we come together to show support for Utah organizations that serve the queer community and fill the stadium with pride colors.  Last year’s smash hit, the Queer Food Festival, is coming back for a second year running on March 28th, where drinks and delicious food will be served by queer food providers, and entertainment comes in the form of a delectable drag show and DJ.

For those who have fond memories of nights at the Sun Tavern, you’ll have a chance to revisit them and make new memories as SAGE Utah pays tribute to a Utah classic with The Sun Revisited, a social event paying tribute to that beloved piece of Utah LGBTQIA+ history, on March 21st at Ember SLC.

Be sure to check out the contents of this newsletter for details on those exciting events and so much more!

Utah Pride Center News
Join the Utah Pride Center!
Sign up for a Membership!
We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new donor program! The Utah Pride Center grew significantly during the last decade thanks to supporters like you.  As thanks, we created this program with you in mind, and it has some great perks!  Whether you’ve been donating to the Utah Pride Center for years or you’re just getting to know us, you’re invited to join us.You can find the different membership levels below, as well as the perks that you receive with each level:
We want to give thanks to our newest additions to the Membership Program!

Chelsie Acosta
Deborah Merrill
Erin Hurtado
Harold L. Miller, Jr.
Jan Robinette
Jen Schwartzj
Jenn Rohde
Jessica Hooper
Julia Alvarado
Kevin McLelland
Lisa Jones
Marc Christensen
Mary Callahan
Matthew Landis
Megan Pratt
Rick Atkin
Toby Taylor
Vickie Walker
Weston Clark

Become a Member Here
5th Annual Pride Spectacular
Friday, May 29th — 6pm to 11pm
Union Event Center — 235 N 500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Celebrate Pride Days with us at the 5th Annual Pride Spectacular, the best and queerest gala of the year!  Enjoy food, drink, and brilliant entertainment with your friends, family, and other movers-and-shakers in Utah’s LGBTQIA+ community.Come together to honor Utah Pride’s community award winners, and to celebrate and support your Utah Pride Center!  All proceeds benefit the critical, life-saving services that UPC provides to our community.Tickets and Tables are available through the button link below.
Tickets Available Here
Utah Pride Festival & Parade Applications Open!

The 2020 Utah Pride Festival is June 6th and 7th at Washington Square with the parade Sunday on downtown on 200 South. Want to participate in this year’s events? Applications are open for the:

■ Parade
■ Exhibitor Booths
■ Food booths
■ Entertainers
■ OUTdoors & Proud 5k

To apply, please click the button below.

Apply Here
Utah Pride Center Events
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
The Sun Revisited
Saturday, March 21st — 6pm to 10pm
Ember SLC — 623 S. State Street, SLC, UT 84111
Join us as we recreate the glory days of Salt Lake’s most iconic LGBTQ+ bar of yesteryear — The Sun Tavern!Dance to all of the music that was heard at The Sun through the years.  Wearing clothing from the 70’s, 80’s or 90’s is highly encouraged as a roaming photographer and a photo booth will be available.There will be an auction including original items from The Sun, and all proceeds will benefit SAGE Utah, a program of the Utah Pride Center that serves aging members of the LGBTQ+ community.

This is a 21+ event, ID will be required, and food and drinks will be provided.

Utah Pride Night with the Utah Jazz
Friday, March 13th — 7pm to 10pm
Vivint Smart Home Arena — 301 South Temple, SLC
The Utah Pride Group Night with the Utah Jazz will be here soon! This is an evening where we get together to show our love of one of Utah’s most beloved sports teams, the Utah Jazz, and our own pride in our community as well.Numerous organizations and groups who serve the LGBTQIA+ community will be recognized on court before the game, and the stands will be filled with all pride colors of the rainbow.  There will also be limited edition Utah Jazz Pride t-shirts available with the purchase of tickets!If you haven’t already purchased your ticket you’ll want to do so fast– they’re bound to sell out, so get yours today!
Purchase Tickets Here
Utah Pride Center Programs
Youth Out in the Wild
Mondays from 5:30pm to 7pm
The Utah Pride Center’s Youth & Family Programs are proud to announce a brand new program to help empower and prepare our youth for the big wild world out there!The ‘Youth Out in the Wild’ program is geared toward LGBTQ+ youth ages 14-20, and aims to teach them the many essential skills of ‘adulting’ that can sometimes be overlooked.  From cooking to resume-building and all points in between, the aim is to make sure our youth are able to grow into adults and be set up for success when they leave the nest to live on their own.If you have any questions or are interested in this program, please email [email protected]
Survivors of Suicide Attempt (SOSA)
New Cycle begins April 8th
The Utah Pride Center provide’s Utah’s only LGBTQIA+ survivor of suicide attempt support group.  This is an support group that typically lasts eight weeks, and provides support for up to 10 survivors.We have only one week left of our current cycle, and will be accepting requests to join the next cycle which will be beginning on April 8th.If you or anyone you know is interested in participating in this support group, please send an email to [email protected]
Community Events
Genderbands’ Purple Soirée
Saturday, March 28th — 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel — 5151 Wiley Post Way, SLC, UT 84116
Our good friends at Genderbands is putting on its very first gala celebration on March 28th!Join them at the Purple Soirée to commemmorate the organization’s fifth birthday at the Doubletree Airport Hotel in Salt Lake City.  This will be a fun-filled evening with cocktails, awards, and performances recognizing the work of Genderbands, their supporters, and other transgender advocates as well.Genderbands is a non-profit geared towards alleviating trans dysphoria.  All proceeds for this gala go to benefit the crucial work that Genderbands does for the transgender and gender-nonconforming communities.

To purchase your tickets, use the link in the button below.

Purchase Tickets Here
Employment Empowerment Conference & Job Fair
Tuesday, April 7th — 3pm to 7pm
Horizonte Training Center — 1234 S. Main Street, SLC, UT 84101
Our friends at TEA of Utah will be putting on an employment empowerment conference and job fair, and if you’re in the market for a new job or career change then this is an opportunity that you’re not going to want to miss!This conference exists to provide critical access to affirming employers, employer training, professional development, and personal empowerment.While open to the public, the primary focus of this event is providing opportunities for the gainful employment of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals.  There will be access to fair-minded employers, trainings, workshops, and discussion seminars.
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
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