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SNAP: LGBT Health Awareness Day

Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people frequently have less access to health care than straight people, as well as unique health concerns that many in the medical field don’t understand or regularly and adequately address. That’s why the Utah Pride Center’s LGBT Health Awareness Day is so important. It brings together health professionals and representatives from a variety of specialties into a nonjudgmental, non-threatening space where asking questions is encouraged and presentations are tailored specifically to some of the most pressing of our concerns: cancer, HIV, domestic violence and drug addiction and recovery. Everybody who can should visit the Salt Lake City Main Library on April 3 to take advantage of this resource.

SNAP: Queer Sex Ed

The Center is really on a roll lately when it comes to health and wellness programs. Its Queer Sex Ed day, which will provide a wealth of sex-related information to lesbians, bisexual women and transgender people, is both long overdue and indispensable for our community, given how little information is out there about safer sex, sexual dysfunction and downright enjoyable sex for women who have sex with women, and for women-identified queer people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Whether lesbian or bisexual, genderqueer or transgender, this day is something that many segments of the community will find not only useful, but entertaining—after all, there will be a sex toy demonstration!

SNAP: Queer Prom

At QSaltLake we were saddened (and sadly, not really all that shocked) to read reports about Constance McMillen’s high school refusing to let her take her girlfriend to its prom. At the same time, we were glad to remember that Utah, unlike Mississippi, has a well-established prom for youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities, where they can be themselves without fear of repercussion or bigotry. The fact that Queer Prom has existed for years, and has been embraced by so many organizations, individuals and businesses, is a testament to the tolerance and fair-mindedness that make Salt Lake City a remarkable place to live. The prom is expecting 700 youth between 14 and 20 this year. May its numbers only increase.

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