On the anniversary of Proposition 8’s passage, members of the Foundation for Reconciliation (LDSApology.org) will deliver a petition to LDS Church headquarters via handcart, in homage to the church’s iconic rescue of the Martin and Willy Handcart Companies, who were stranded in a deadly snowstorm on the Great Plains in 1856. The petition, which had over 1,950 signatures at press time, calls for reconciliation between the church and gay and transgender people, and asks “that parties on both sides of this issue be willing to honestly examine their attitudes, behaviors (including past behaviors), policies and practices—and be open to understanding, forgiveness (both asking for and accepting), and apology.” The handcart trek will begin at the This Is The Place Monument. Those who bring signs are asked to keep their slogans positive, in keeping with the group’s goal of reconciliation.
When: Nov. 4, 1:00 p.m.
Where: Meet at This Is The Place Monument, 2601 Sunnyside Ave., across from Hoagle Zoo. Walk will go from the monument to City Creek Park, across from LDS Church headquarters for a gathering starting at 3:00 p.m. The petition will be delivered at 4:00 p.m.
The Righteously Outrageous Twirling Corps, a gay and transgender-friendly color guard affiliated with the People with AIDS Coalition of Utah, will hold a fundraiser at the Noodles & Company on 400 S. Diners at the restaurant that night between the hours of 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. will have 25 percent of their meal ticket donated to the group if they mention supporting ROTC-SLC on ordering. Money raised will go towards helping the color guard travel to Denver for a performance.
When: Nov. 5, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Where: ONLY at the Noodles & Company on 358 S, 700 E.
The People with AIDS Coalition of Utah has opened orders for its 5th annual poinsettia fundraiser. Until Nov. 20 the organization will offer potted poinsettias (averaging 15 to 19 inches tall and 15 inches wide). All proceeds will benefit the organization, which serves people with HIV/AIDS in the state.
Cost: $10 per plant or $75 for eight plants.
Purchase: pwacu.org or (801) 484-2205
Delivery Dates: Nov. 24 and 27, Dec. 1, 4, 8 and 11. Deliveries in Salt Lake County require no minimum order, but deliveries for Davis, Summit, Tooele and Weber require an eight plant order. Davis and Weber delivery dates are Nov. 24 and Dec. 4 , Summit County’s is Nov. 27 and Dec. 8 and Tooele and Utah Counties’ are Dec. 1 and 11. Dates are subject to change.
Queer Spirit Retreat for All
Queer Spirit, a gay men’s spirituality group, will host a fall retreat for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities this November to help participants deepen their work with Spirit in the context of community. The three day weekend retreat will include such activities as heart circles, ritual and drum circles. This will be the group’s first retreat open to all.
When: Nov. 13-15 at Windwalker Guest Ranch in Spring City, Utah, beginning at 1:00 p.m. Friday and closing at 3:00 p.m. Sunday.
RSVP: Via email by Nov. 1
Cost: $350 one person room, $250 two person room before Nov. 1, $375 and $275 after.
Info: Queerspirit.org or Jerry Buie at (801) 557-9203
Trolley Square will host a free circus featuring fire artists, aerialists, trapeze artists, sword fighters, belly dancers and more on the night before Halloween. The event is free and tickets for a prize raffle are $1 each. A costume contest will be held, but full face paint, face masks and weapons as part of costumes are not permitted.
When: Oct. 30, 8:00 p.m. to midnight.
Where: Trolley Square, 600 S, 700 E.
Día de los Muertos
Noche Latino will host a Day of the Dead party at the Utah Pride Center, complete with music, snacks, café con leche and pan de muerto — a special bread made on the day. The event is family-friendly and prizes will be given for best costume.
When: Oct. 30, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Utah Pride Center, 361 N, 300 W
Info: Lillian Rodríguez, (801) 539-8800, ex. 23
Noche Latino presenta Día de los Muertos! Ven a celebrar con nosotros este día! Tendremos música, antojitos, café con leche, y el pan de muerto, hay que rico. Un evento para toda la familia. Esperamos verlos el 30 de Octubre a las 7 de la noche en el Utah Pride Center. Premio para el mejor disfraso! Para mas información llamen a Lillian Rodríguez 801.539.8800. 23.
The Utah Pride Center will host a Thanksgiving Day dinner on Nov. 26 and is currently looking for financial donations as well as volunteers to cook and serve the food. For more information contact Jennifer Nuttall at [email protected] or visit utahpridecenter.org.