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Starting in October independent Salt Lake City bookseller Sam Weller’s will host a book club for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender literature. October’s book will be Sarah Schulman’s Rat Bohemia. Copies, which will be available at Sam Weller’s at a 20% discount, will be in stock at the end of September.
When: Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sam Weller’s basement (254 S Main St)
Info: samwellersbookstore.blogspot.com

Book Festival

The 11th Annual Utah Humanities Book Festival will again be held in October, featuring workshops, talks and film screenings centered on authors and readers. This year’s guests include Terry Tempest Williams, Honor Moore and Richard Peck.
When: The week of Oct. 22
Where: Salt Lake City Main Library (210 E 400 S) and other locations throughout the state.
Cost: Free
Info: utahhumanities.org/bookfestival.htm or Hikmet Loe at (801) 359-9670 or [email protected]

Gay Bowl Pep Rally

The organizers of Gay Bowl 8, an annual international flag football tournament that will be held in Salt Lake City this year, will hold a pre-game pep rally and fashion show to kick off this year’s tournament in style. Cocktails will be available at the event, where the two teams from Salt Lake City will be announced. Bill Allred from X96’s popular Radio from Hell will also make an appearance.
When: Oct. 5, 4-7:00 p.m.
Where: Trolley Square Atrium (the corner of 600 S and 700 E)

I’m Coming Out

The Utah pride Center will hold a brunch in honor of National Coming Out Day and Utah educators.
When: Oct. 11, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Salt Lake City University Park Marriott (480 Wakara Way)
Cost: $25 per person or $250 for a table of ten. Sponsorships of $350 or more are also available.
Info: utahpridecenter.org or Marina Gomberg at (801) 539-8800.

Suicide Prevention Walk

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold its annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk to raise awareness of suicide and the people it leaves behind. Proceeds raised during the hour long walk will go towards local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs. Registrants can sign up as individuals or as a team and the event is also in need of volunteers.
When: Sept 27. Registration starts at 8:45 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Wheeler Farm (6351 S 900 E)
Info: outofthedarkness.org or Lori Pagel (801) at 949-6387 or [email protected]


Another three mile walk to raise awareness of mental illness, dispel stigmas about these illnesses and foster hope for recovery will take place in September for the Utah chapter of the National Association for Mental Illness. Registrants can sign up as individuals or as a team, and the event is also in need of volunteers.
When: Sept 27, 9:00 a.m. check in and 10:00 a.m. start
Where: Franklin Covey Field (77 W 1300 S)
Info: namiut.org or (801) 323-9900 

Gays for Obama

The Utah LGBT for Obama group will hold a phone bank night to call local Democrats and independents and encourage them to vote. Training will be provided at each night and no experience is necessary as scripts and call lists will be provided. Food will be available, and participants are encouraged to bring friends to help. Patrick Hutchings will host each night.
When: Every Tuesday until the November election, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Obama Campaign Utah Offices (780 E South Temple)
Cost: Participants are asked to contribute a few dollars to cover the cost of food.

Kickin’ ASS

The Utah Stonewall Democrats will hold a Kickin’ ASS Party for locals to meet their endorsed candidates and enjoy an evening of good food and fun socialization.
When: Oct. 16, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.
Where: The Market Street Oyster Bar – Cottonwood (2985 E 6580 S).

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