Qmmunity Briefs

Town Hall Meeting

As decided during last December’s LGBT Town Hall Meeting, such meetings will be held on a quarterly basis. Once again, representatives from a number of gay or gay-affirmative groups including ALCU Utah, Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons, Equality Utah, HRC, Log Cabin Republicans, PFLAG, Pride Interfaith Council, Proud People of Color Network, Reconciliation, Stonewall Democrats, TRANSaction and the Utah Pride Center will meet to discuss the progress they have made in the past three months and what they plan to do between now and the 2009 Utah Pride Festival. A question and answer period will follow.
When: March 26, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Location to be determined.
Info: AllForOneInitiative@yahoo.com or (801) 918-6906

General Service Weekend

All for One Initiative is inviting local gay and transgender people and their allies to perform service projects during the LDS Church’s General Conference Weekend. Those interested in volunteering their time or in being team leaders should contact Jacob Whipple. Events over the weekend will include a party at Club Sound on April 3, service projects on Saturday and Sunday and a closing party at Club Jam on Sunday night.
When: Weekend of April 3-5
Info: AllForOneInitiative@yahoo.com or (801) 918-6960

Queer Prom 2009

The Utah pride Center’s youth program, Tolerant, Intelligent Network of Teens, will present Queer Prom 2009: So Excited this April. Queer Prom is an annual event for gay and transgender youth and their straight allies.
When: April 18
Where: Salt Lake City Downtown Library, 210 E 400 S
Cost: $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Info: bonnie@utahpridecenter.org, (801) 539-8800 x 22.

Sexual Violence Survivors

The Rape Recover Center, the Utah Pride Center and the LGBTQ Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah will sponsor two evenings sessions on sexual violence (i.e. rape, molestation, incest, dating violence, sexual abuse and exploitation and other forms of sexual trauma) as it effects gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. Topics to be covered will include the impact of sexual trauma on relationships, mental health, and sexuality; how to support a loved one who is a survivor; and resources for survivors and their loved ones. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Robin Friedman and Donna Hawxhurst, Ph.D. will conduct the session. Survivors, secondary survivors (partners, spouses, family and friends of survivors) and the general public are welcome to attend. A session for men was held on March 12.
When: March 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E 400 S, Meeting Room C.
Info: (801) 467-7282 or raperecoverycenter.org.
Cost: Free


GLBT Marching Band

Community activist Dominique Storni is looking for people interested in forming a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender marching band to perform during the Utah Pride Parade. Storni is looking for musicians who have had some experience in marching band, music teachers familiar with typical marching band instruments (drums, horns, etc.), and donations of sheet music. For those who cannot play an instrument but who have interest in helping, Storni is also in need of a support crew.
Info: dominiquestorni@hotmail.com

Psychological Effects of Marriage Amendments

A research team will hold a presentation about the negative psychological effects of anti-gay marriage amendments on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their families and straight allies. Jenny Arm, a member of a gay research team, will present the findings of three 2006 studies focusing on the impact of constitutional amendments banning gay marriage on individual queer people and families with at least one member who identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Arm will also present strategies for coping with the negative psychological impact of these amendments.
When: March 24, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Utah Pride Center, Multi-purpose Room (361 N 300 W)
Cost: Free

Utah Pride Needs You

The 2009 Utah Pride Festival is seeking volunteers. Twenty team leader positions are currently open. To sign up visit utahpridefestival.org.


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