Qmmunity Briefs

sWerve Scholarship

sWerve is also accepting applications for its 2010 scholarship. The $1,5000 scholarship is given each year to help a woman in the community who exemplifies sWerve’s values pursue her education. These values include: promoting positive images and experiences of queer, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in Utah; building community among women; supporting and creating women-safe spaces; and engaging in community service, educational outreach and civic action.
Info: swerveutah.com/scholar.html

Cowboy Kick-Off Has Moved

Due to what the Utah AIDS Foundation is calling “some conflicts,” the Village Summit’s second annual Cowboy Kick-Off has been rescheduled to Sept. 12, 2009. The event is a fundraiser for the summit, a health seminar for gay and bisexual men. It will still be held at the home of Ron Thurber (2215 E Aspenwood Way).
Info: thevillage@utahaids.org

Allies Dinner

Equality Utah’s 8th Annual Allies Dinner will be held in August. This dinner is a fundraiser for the Equality Utah Political Action Committee, which endorses and supports the campaigns of fair-minded political candidates in Utah. Each year, the statewide gay rights organization also presents its Allies for Equality Awards at the dinner, which honor individuals who have worked to advance the legal equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Utahns. This year’s recipients will be Salt Lake County Councilwoman Jenny Wilson; former ACLU Executive Director Carol Gnade; former Cactus & Tropicals owner Lorraine Miller; and South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society Minister Rev. Sean Dennison.
When: Aug. 19, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Salt Palace’s grand Ballroom, 100 S. West Temple
Info: alliesdinner.org

Soulforce Q Camp


Soulforce, a religious organization dedicated to fighting religious-based homophobia, will offer a free summer retreat to assist queer and allied activists in working to end discrimination and hatred against gay and transgender people. The camp is open to people aged 18-30 (as of July 14, 2009) and may be of special interest to students, local activists or potential participants in Soul Force’s Equality Ride, an annual cross-nation tour to draw attention to anti-gay and transgender practices at several colleges and universities. The 10-day camp will cover such topics as: nonviolent activism, anti-oppression organization skills, anti-racist work, scriptural skills for those working within conservative religious communities, transgender awareness work, and media and fundraising work. Soulforce Q will also provide a stipend and continued staff support to camp participants after the camp has ended.
Application Deadline: May 15
When: July 14-23, Alma de Mujer center for Social Change in Austin, Tex.
Info: soulforce.org/q-camp or q@soulforce.org
Cost: Free for participants (including travel).

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