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Affirmation Announces Writing Contest 

Affirmation, a group for gay people and straight allies affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has announced its new writing contest. The group is looking for opinion editorials and letters to the editors of magazines and newspapers on topics that promote Affirmation’s values – including the right to gay civil marriage and calls to end legal and spiritual violence against gay and transgender people. To qualify, letters and editorials must be written in English and published in a print publication between Sept. 1, 2007 and Sept. 1, 2008 (with mainstream publications preferred over gay-only). The postmark deadline is Sept. 2. Winners will receive cash prizes and recognition at the annual Affirmation Conference in October.
Info: http://www.affirmation.org/awa

Come Be a Slut!

Utah’s inimitable camp drag group the Utah Cyber Sluts are looking for new members to join them in wearing big wigs, outlandish make-up and thrift store dresses in their fund-raising performances. The Sluts is a non-profit organization focused on raising money for a number of Utah charities, including the Utah AIDS Foundation and the Utah Pride Center.
When: May 24, registration starts at 10:00 a.m. and try-outs at noon.
Where: Utah Pride Center (361 N 300 W)
Info: utahcybersluts@mac.com.
Come OUT in Ogden

The OUTReach Resource Center is a safe, comfortable, nonjudgmental place for young adults age 14-17 to meet, mingle, do homework, read and just relax with other teens, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Center has a number of games and activities for youth and also offers internet access, beverages and snacks.
When: Every Wednesday from 3:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Lower Level (705 23rd St., Ogden)
Info: geocities.com/outreachogden, (801) 686-4528

Pride Meditation

A group has formed at the Utah Pride Center for those who are interested in practicing Vipassana (Insight) Meditation. To participate, bring a meditation cushion or pillow and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes suitable for meditation work. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level. A small donation to help towards space rental is encouraged.
When: June 11 and on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Utah Pride Center Multi-Purpose Room (361 N 300 W)
Info: groups.google.com/group/pride-meditation

HRC Utah Gala Dinner Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for the 2008 Human Rights Campaign Utah Gala Dinner to be held at the residence and gardens of Bruce Bastian in Orem. Actress and gay-rights advocate Kathy Najimy will be the keynote speaker and “It’s Raining Men” artist Martha Walsh is scheduled to perform. Attorney Jane Marquardt and local restaurant group Gastronomy, Inc. will receive Equality Awards.
When: June 14, 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $300 for VIP tickets (including pre-auction reception), $175 for Federal Club VIP tickets (which also include the reception) and regular tickets and $75 for Federal Club tickets. To purchase tickets contact Box Office Tickets at (800) 494-8497.
Info: utah.hrc.org/node/68

Swerve Volunteer BBQ

Volunteers and supporters of sWervE, a lesbian-focused civic and social organization, are invited to attend the organization’s volunteer barbecue where they can help group members prepare for the Utah Pride Festival, make signs for this year’s Dyke March and sign up for future volunteer opportunities.
When: May 31, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Utah Pride Center (361 N 300 W)
Info: swerveutah.com


In our last issue, QSaltLake inaccurately reported that bisexual dating reality show star Tila Tequila will serve as Grand Marshal for this year’s Southern Utah Pride at Zion. The Grand Marshal is Dani Campbell, a finalist on last season’s A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.

In “ROTC-SLC Wins Vegas Pride Parade Honors” we mentioned that three people from the St. Petersburg Twirlers performed with the Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps. Rather, nine Floridians appeared in the photo shoot: seven from ROTC’s sister group ROTC St. Petersburg and two from the Twirlers.

QSaltLake regrets both errors.

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