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Faerie Scouting

Jerry Buie, co-founder of the seasonal Queer Spirit Retreats for gay men, has organized a summer camp to help gay men explore personal growth and their relationships to one another. In place of a summer Queer Spirit Retreat, the camp will be held in the cedar forest at Windwalker Ranch and will focus on helping gay men get out of the “stuck” places in their lives. Participants will create their own campsites, cook their own meals and are invited to come for the entire weekend or just for a few days. Alcohol and drugs are not permitted. Proposed discussions and workshops include a drum circle, a workshop on intimacy and touch, meditation, a pipe ceremony and a talent show.
Where: Windwalker Ranch (Spring City, UT)
When: July 31-Aug. 3
Cost: Suggested donation of $100 per person to cover the ranch’s costs and to fund future Queer Spirit programs.
Info: queerspirit.org

Send Buttars Packing

Utah resident Beano Solomon will hold a fundraiser and dinner for John Rendell, Democratic challenger for anti-gay Chris Buttars West Jordan senate seat. Rendell supporters from all senate districts are welcome and encouraged to attend. Attendees are asked to RSVP.
Where: Beano Solomon’s home (3268 meadows Dr., Park City)
When: Aug. 6, 6:00 p.m.
Info: (435) 940-0699

PWACU Advocacy Program

The People with AIDS Coalition of Utah is looking for people with AIDS who are willing to write letters about the importance of state funding for Utah’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. PWACU asks that writers submit their 200 word letters directly to the organization so PWACU may release them to media contacts every three weeks between now and the next legislative session. PWACU is also seeking to create a phone tree of people from all Utah counties willing to email and call their representatives about ADAP in the following months.
Info: 484-2205 or pwacu.org.

Bisexual Study

University of Utah psychologist Jordan Rullo is conducting a study on the response of bisexual men and women’s evaluations of sexually suggestive material. Participants will be asked to evaluate a computer slide show featuring pictures of partially clothed (wearing a bathing suit or underwear) men and women in hope of “better understanding what, if any, such material people find appealing, and why.” The on-site study takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and $10 compensation is provided to participants. All study material is confidential.
Info: [email protected]

OUTreach for Adults

In response to popular demand, Ogden’s OUTreach Resource Center (which serves teenagers age 14-17) has added a drop-in night for adults age 18-30. The weekly event will be offered during a six month test period to gauge interest among the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and allied young adults in such an evening.
When: Every Thursday night
Where: Unitarian Univeralist Church of Ogden (705 23rd St., Lower Level)
Info: For more information contact Gary Horenkamp at [email protected]

Gay Bowl Pool Party

The Salt Lake Gay Athletics Association will hold a pool party to raise funds for Gay Bowl 8, an international gay football tournament that will be held in Salt Lake City Oct. 10-12.
When: Aug 9, 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: The home of Rich and Doug (626 Little Tree Circle, Emigration Canyon)
Cost: $20 cover (includes barbecue, two free drinks and raffle ticket)
Info: For more information contact Mark Barr at [email protected]

Missing Utah Pride?

The Utah Pride Center is looking for 2008 Utah Pride attendees to fill out an online survey on their opinions about this year’s festival for a chance to win one of four $50 gift certificates to adult boutique Cahoots or any Gastronomy, Inc. restaurant.
Info: utahpridecenter.org

Life’s a Beach

The theme for the Utah Cyber Slut’s famous Gay Bingo Night in August is Beach Party. Players are invited to come wearing their most fabulous beach attire. The evening will be sponsored by Hotel Monaco. All proceeds go to the Utah Pride Center and to a charity of an individual Slut’s choice.
When: Aug. 8, 7:00 p.m.
Where: South Salt Lake Columbus Community Center Auditorium (2500 S 500 E)
Cost: $5 for admission (including first bingo card)

Movies After Dark

Café Marmalade, the Utah Pride Center’s own gourmet café and coffee shop, will hold a weekly film screening throughout the summer.
When: Every Friday, 7:00 p.m. or whenever it gets dark.
Where: Utah Pride Center (361 N 300 W)

Poetry Slammin’

The Utah Pride Center in cooperation with coffee shop A Cup of Joe is holding a twice-weekly poetry slam for “fanciful phrase-turners, cunning linguists and well-oiled word smiths.”
When: Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. at A Cup of Joe (353 W 200 S), Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. at Café Marmalade (lower level of the Utah Pride Center on 361 N 300 W).

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