Seeking to be the fourth active Pride in the state of Utah, a group of Ogden gays and lesbians to form an organization, set plans for future events, and announce a physical location.
Ogden Pride, Inc. has aligned with the existing nonprofit organization Northern Utah Coalition. Organized on October 11, National Coming Out Day, the first board meeting was held Nov. 13.
“Ogden Pride celebrates and supports the LGBT community, individuals and their families and allies in Northern Utah,” Project Director Christopher Wood stated in a release. “We are committed to excellence in advocacy, educational programs, and strengthening inclusive communities.”
The group opened up the Ogden Pride Center at 536 24th Street with a soft launch on Friday, Nov. 21. They then moved to Club Alleged for a 21 and over social and fundraiser.
The Center will be open Fridays from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. for those 18 and over.
They are working with the city of Ogden and the Historic 25th Street Association to bring the first Pride in summer of 2015. They are also working on a queer prom in Spring.
At the first meeting, Jeff Lensman was elected as president, Gage Church as treasurer and Ali Johnson and Tom Robin were elected as board members. Christopher Wood was appointed as project director.