Regulars at the Utah Pride Festival will likely notice a change this year. Along with the regular booths for local merchants, food sellers and political organizations an entire section of the festival grounds will be devoted to fitness and health booths – a section the Utah Pride Festival is calling Pride and You.
“In this section we’ll be highlighting some of the critical [health] issues for our community, such as breast cancer, HIV, STDs and suicide,” said Utah Pride Center Adult Program Director Jennifer Nuttall. She added, however, that the booths aren’t all about such dire issues. Rather, many of them focus on “fun stuff,” such as fitness centers and local athletic groups like the Queer Utah Aquatic Club and Salt Lake Women in Action.
“It should be a fun and interactive area, as well as a place where you can get some resources,” she said.
The impetus behind bringing so many wellness groups to the Festival this year was to expose gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender festival goers – who statistically do not seek or receive as much health treatment as their straight counterparts – to a number of local groups and services that can help them stay healthy in mind, body and soul.
“We wanted to reach people we don’t reach at the Center or through groups the Center sponsors,” said Nuttall. “So we thought, why not capture that audience when they’re all in the same place?”
This year, over thirty groups will take part in Pride in You.
Pride Community Softball League: The state’s only gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender softball league with teams representing a number of organizations (including QSaltLake). The league is affiliated with the Utah Pride Center and plays regularly throughout the spring and summer.
More info: leaguelineup.com/pcslutah
Queer Utah Aquatic Club: This local team of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and straight swimmers holds regular practices in synchronized swimming, water polo and holds its popular Ski n Swim Weekend every February. A member of the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics, QUAC welcomes swimmers of all experience levels, orientations and gender identities.
More info: quacquac.org
Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps – Salt Lake City: An award-winning color guard and performance troupe that welcomes members of all sexes, sexual orientations and gender identities.
More info: rotcslc.com
Salt Lake City Gay Athletic Association: An umbrella organization for a number of gay-friendly sports leagues, including Pride Community Softball League, Mountain West Flag Football League, Mountain West Volleyball League and Mountain West Basketball League.
More info: slcgaa.org
Salt Lake City Good Times Bowling League: A gay-friendly bowling league affiliated with the Utah Pride Center.
More info: 832-9745
Salt Lake Women In Action: A fitness club for lesbian and bisexual women and their straight allies. The group holds an activity each month and welcomes women of all skill levels.
More info: groups.yahoo.com/group/saltlakewomeninaction/
American Cancer Society: A nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
More info: cancer.org
Communidades Unidas: A local grassroots organization working to end the health care disparities in Utah’s immigrant communities. This group works with a number of health issues that profoundly effect the immigrant community including poverty, social isolation, lack of transportation and health insurance, poor diet, breast cancer, HIV/AIDS and birth defects.
More info: cuutah.org
Cancer Wellness House: A home-like setting offering support and education programs for cancer patients and their caregivers and loved ones, including bereavement groups, family activities, yoga classes, workshops on depression and more.
More info: cancer-wellness.org.
Salt Lake Valley Health Department Breast Health Program: The local health department’s program for breast cancer education and detection.
More info: slvhealth.org
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – Salt Lake City: The organization that sponsors a number of events Utah’s annual Bowl for the Cure and Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment.
More info: komenslc.org
Cornerstone Counseling Center: A 40-year-old organization specializing in treatment and prevention programs for substance abuse and domestic violence. The center also offers a number of programs for at-risk youth and their families, including life skills training.
More info: slcosubstanceabuse.org
Crystal Meth Anonymous: A 12-step program modeled upon Alcoholics Anonymous for individuals looking to break their addiction to crystal meth.
More info: crystalmeth.org
Gay Men’s AA: An Alcoholics Anonymous group for gay men that meets regularly at the Utah Pride Center.
More info: utahpridecenter.org
GLBT AA: An Alcoholics Anonymous group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people that meets regularly at the Utah Pride Center.
More info: utahpridecenter.org
People with AIDS Coalition of Utah: ROTC’s sister organization, PWACU provides educational and support services to Utahns whose lives have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
More info: Pwacu.org
Pride Counseling: Gay and gay-friendly mental health counselors skilled in a number of therapeutic methodologies including Buddhist, Native American and environment-based healing for the mind.
More info: pridecounseling.tv
Project Reality: Founded in 1970 this organization views substance abuse as a chronic disease with biological, social and psychological components. It accepts voluntary admissions and provides patients with individualized treatment plans.
More info: projectreality.net/
Rape Recovery Center: A Salt Lake City-based center committed to providing sexual assault survivors, their families and friends with crisis intervention services; educating the community about the causes and ways to prevent sexual assault; and advocating for comprehensive medical treatment and legal representation for sexual assault survivors.
More info: raperecoverycenter.com
Utah AIDS Foundation: Utah’s 20-year-old organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The group also offers free testing services and an anti-meth campaign.
More info: Utahaids.org
Domestic Violence Services
South Valley Sanctuary: A West Jordan-based shelter for men, women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
More info: southvalleysanctuary.com
UCASA: Organization offering resources to survivors of sexual violence, including training for rape crisis counselors and advocates and campus violence prevention programs. UCASA’s efforts have drastically increased the number of rape crisis service programs in Utah since the organization’s founding in 1994.
More info: ucasa.org
Utah Domestic Violence Council: Utah’s anti-domestic violence coalition. UDVC works to develop and review domestic violence policies and procedures; foster cooperation between Utah agencies; and advocate to make domestic violence services available to all Utahns regardless of culture, language or class.
More info: udvc.org
YWCA: Founded in 1906 the Salt Lake City chapter of the Young Women’s Christian Association offers a number of services to local women and children including a shelter for battered women, children’s advocacy and intervention services and after-school recreation opportunities.
More info: ywca.org/saltlakecity
American Lung Association: Volunteer health organization dedicated to fighting lung disease and promoting lung health. Although the American Lung Association specializes in all diseases affecting the lungs it places special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control and environmental health.
More info: lungusa.org
American Red Cross: Disaster relief group specializing in blood donation services, first aid training, health and safety services and preparedness services.
More info: redcross.org
Institute of Change: Specializes in outpatient and residential programs for drug addiction, dependency and behavioral problems including body dysmorphic disorder.
More info: http://instituteofchange.com/Home.html
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah: Reproductive heath care provider and reproductive rights advocacy group specializing in adoption services, abortion counseling, sex education, family planning and screening for a number of sexually transmitted diseases, including cervical cancer.
More info: plannedparenthood.org
Public Safety Liaison Committee: A committee consisting of law enforcement officers and gay community leaders that seeks to further understanding between gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning Utahns and public safety officers. The committee is also dedicated to educating the community about safety and other issues of particular importance to queer citizens and mediating disputes between the gay community and the public safety community.
More info: slcgov.com/police/community/GLBT/index.html
Salt Lake Community Action Program: A not for profit organization offering a number of services aimed at helping low-income people achieve self-sufficiency. SLCAP offers the emergency food program as well as the Head Start Program that provides education, food and medical services to at-risk children.
More info: slcap.org
Salt Lake Valley Health Department HIV/STI Outreach Program: The local health department’s program offering education, prevention and testing for HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections to students, prisoners and the general public. The program also offers services to Spanish-speaking residents and a Hepatitis C support group.
More info: slvhealth.org/hiv/index.html
St. Mark’s Family Medicine Centers: Utah-based group of hospitals.