In June, the Utah chapter of the Human Rights Campaign will hold its annual Gala Dinner to raise money for its various programs and lobbying efforts. The evening’s keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, and entertainment will be provided by actress and R&B star Thelma Houston. Pop artist Kristine W. will provide entertainment for the gala’s after party. The organization will also honor businessman Jim Dabakis and Equality Utah board chairwoman Stephanie Pappas with its Equality Award, which recognizes individuals who work for political equality for gay and transgender citizens.
When: June 20, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Grand America Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 555 South Main St, Salt Lake City
Cost: $125 per ticket until June 14, $150 after, $200 for VIP tickets. Major donjors and Federal Club members are eligible for a discount rate.
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
Try-Angles Best Damn Bike Tour Team
Once again, Club Try-Angles owner Gene Geiber will sponsor a cycling team for Harmon’s MS Best Dam Bike Tour, an annual bike ride to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Utah. Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied cyclists of all experience levels are invited to participate in the two-day ride through Logan, Utah. Participants may bike 40, 75 or 100 miles each day. The ride is fully supported with several rest stops and supply wagons. The team is hoping to raise $5,000 and has so far raised $1,795.
When: June 27 and 28
Info: [email protected] or tinyurl.com/teamtryangles.
Log Cabin Reps. Announce Officers
Utah Log Cabin Republicans have held their bi-annual officer elections and announced the results. Melvin Nimer will continue as president, and James Humphreys, Jeff Cahoon and Jim Wilson will serve as, respectively, vice president, secretary and treasurer. The group is currently holding a donation drive and preparing to support PFLAG member Leslie Reynolds-Benns in her campaign to be elected to the Salt Lake City Council.
The Salt Lake Film Center and the Utah Stonewall Democrats will hold a screening of the documentary Outrage and a post-screening reception/fundraiser with Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick on June 14. The documentary is a harsh expose of closeted politicians who work against the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans, as well as a discussion of the controversial topic of forcibly outing these politicians. It includes interviews and analysis from such figures as Congressman Barney Frank, activist Larry Kramer, talk show host Michelangelo Signorile and blogger Mike Rogers, who has lead the movement to out anti-gay closeted politicians. Although tickets are free, the Salt Lake Film Center has given the Stonewall Democrats 100 tickets to give to people who want to attend the fundraiser reception as well. KRCL producer and QSaltLake columnist Troy Williams will moderate the post-screening discussion.
When: June 14. 5:00 p.m. Screening; 6:30 p.m. post-screening discussion; 7:30 p.m. private reception with Kirby Dick.
Where: Tower Theater, 876 E 900 S (reception will be held across the street at Great Harvest Breads)
Cost: Suggested donation of $25 per person
Ticket Reservations: utahstonewalldems.org