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Everything is on the table as Pride Center asks for feedback

The Utah Pride Center needs your opinions on everything from programming to location.

Yes, even where the Center lives is up for reconsideration as they call for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allies living throughout the Wasatch Front to participate in a comprehensive-needs assessment survey. A similar, more narrowly focused survey was last conducted in 2006.

The Center has been at its Marmalade neighborhood location for nearly 13 years and is bursting at the seams, says Development Director Marina Gomberg.

Housing its offices, a youth drop-in center, Marmalade Cafe and a few rooms for community groups to meet has every nook and cranny of the two-building campus stuffed to the gills.

But location is but one piece of the puzzle the Center hopes to get out of the survey. How to better address the needs and wants of this changing and diverse community is another.

“Our community continually grows and matures, and with that comes a shift in needs and aspirations. It is our responsibility at the Utah Pride Center to understand those shifts and plan our programming, education and outreach accordingly,” said Valerie Larabee, executive director. “We hope for widespread participation in our survey so that our road map for the future is informed and accountable to our community.”

Results of the survey will be used as a guide to help move the work of the Utah Pride Center and its affiliates toward better serving and satisfying the growing needs of Utah’s LGBTQ community, Larabee says.

The online survey first asks demographic questions, then respondents are asked to share their level of concern with a myriad of issues impacting Utah’s LGBTQ community, as well as their view of needed and desired programs and services for both the community and themselves as individuals.

In the final section of the survey, respondents are asked to articulate their vision for the future of the Center. One question, for example, asks respondents to dream about what programs and services a new Center might include, as well as where a new Center might be located.

The survey is located at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/utah_pride_center_community_survey and can be taken anonymously, but those who are willing to share their contact information will be entered into a drawing for prizes generously donated by friends of the Center.

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