‘Pride Elevated’ Is Theme of Village Summit Health and Fitness Weekend

Gay men’s health will be the focus of The Village Summit, a weekend retreat to be held at the Jewish Community Center August 1–3. Formerly known as “Invenio” and in its seventh year, the theme for this year’s Summit will be “Pride Elevated.”

“Utah’s slogan is ‘Life Elevated’ and we wanted to play with that concept this year,” said Summit co-chair Franklin Evans. “How can we, as gay men, elevate our pride in ourselves, our bodies, our sexuality, and our relationships? We’re going to delve into these questions, and have fun doing it.”

“Something new this year for participants is an entire workshop track focused on fitness. It includes yoga, self-defense, cardio training, queer sports, and massage.” Franklin says. “The physical track complements discussions on love and relationships, sexual health, and political activism.”

Jeremiah Hansen, Summit co-chair and Utah AIDS Foundation representative, highlights the fact that “the Village Summit is truly a grassroots event with lots of local support. We are excited to have Kilo Zamora of the Inclusion Center as our keynote speaker, and Dottie Dixon from KRCL will be making a special appearance, followed by the ‘Temple Squares,’ a new GLBT square dancing association. What better way to celebrate our Utah Heritage than by participating in some square dancing?”

Also onboard: poolside entertainment by the Queer Utah Aquatics Club, the Utah Cyber Sluts and Sunday brunch prepared by the Spicy Dinners Group.

“For more than 25 years, gay men have measured their health with an HIV-centric frame of mind.” says David Ferguson, former Utah AIDS Foundation programming director and a member of the planning committee. “HIV is no longer necessarily considered a terminal illness. While HIV remains a primary concern for many gay men, and we will have a special presentation on HIV and substance use, the Village Summit will broaden the notion of health beyond HIV status with a holistic approach to gay men’s health.”

For more information and to register visit ugmh.com or call Jeremiah Hansen at (801) 487-2323 or 800-865-5004. The Village Summit is a program of the Utah AIDS Foundation.

Summit Schedule
Friday, August 1
6–7pm Registration, Conference Room
7–8:30pm Opening Session, Conference Room
Special introduction by Dottie Dixon!
Village Short film “PRIDE ELEVATED”  
Interactive Presentation by Kilo Zamora.
Square Dance Social, Queeraoke

Saturday, August 2
8–9am Registration
• Sushi for Dummies
• Spicy Sex
• 10 Percent:  A Queer American History
• Moving Meditation

• A Tale of Two Males; the Story of Dating and Relationships
• Tantric Awareness
• Write it out! Creative Journaling
• Queer Sports 101
• Hermanos de Luna y Sol

Lunch, Presentation: HIV and Substance Use

• Monogamy vs. Manhunt
• The Use of Dreams in the Waking World
• Gay Rags in Utah? Hellalujah!
• Massage: Give as Good as You Get
• ¡Conócete a ti mismo!

• Sexaliciously Single in Salt Lake City
• El Sueño Americano
• Build Your Own Religion
• Self Defense
• Ask a Doc

• Be ProActive! Gay Politics in Utah
• RENT: the Musical-Learn to Live for the Moment!
• Boot Camp Cardio
• Gay Cops

• BBQ Pool Party with QUAC

Sunday, August 3
Brunch Social
Closing Session “Now What?”

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