Local schools celebrate Pride Week

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Westminster College and the University of Utah are hosting a long list of activities, speakers and events during  the week of Oct. 17-21, for their campus pride celebrations.

The U of U kicks off the week with the grand reopening of its LGBT Resource Center, Oct. 17, which underwent a renovation, more than doubling in size. Activities include bingo with QSaltLake’s own Ruby Ridge. Throughout the week other activities include a showing of the Sundance documentary Becoming Chaz and a guest speaker Staceyann Chin, a lesbian activist who shares her struggles growing up in Jamaica.

“It really is going to just be a really terrific time for everyone,” said Cathy Martinez, the director of the center. “Most of the events are open to the general public and it’s a great time to get acquainted with the center and with campus life.”

“We try to offer a service that all students can utilize and we focus on offering a safe environment for everyone, no matter their background,” Martinez said. “When people ask how many students I serve, I tell them every student on campus, which is about 32,000.”

The week will finish off, Oct. 21, with a ‘Gay-la and Silent Auction’ at the Jewish Community Center to raise money for scholarship funds for queer students.

Westminster College’s diversity group geared toward the queer community, which is called Alphabet Soup, will kick off their Pride Week, Oct. 17, with the film, The Butch Factor, and a discussion about gender issues. On Oct. 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Alphabet Soup will host a volunteer fair geared specifically toward queer organizations. On Oct. 19, author John Corvino will give a presentation highlighting issues of specific concern to Utah’s queer community. The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire will take over the campus, Oct. 20, with a fabulous drag show, and on Oct. 21 the week will finish off with a closing social.

For a complete schedule and more information, go to sa.utah.edu/lgbt for the U of U, and to tinyurl.com/lgbtalphabetsoup for Wesminster.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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