Equality & Marriage panel discussion, Bear Summit, LGBT center’s new director

SLAC presents special panel discussion of LGBT and religious rights

Salt Lake Acting Company presents an esteemed panel of experts on LGBTQ+ and religious rights. The panel, titled “Equality & Marriage: LGBTQ & Religious Rights in 2019,” occurs immediately following the March 3 matinee of critically-acclaimed The Cake. The unique lineup — a delegation of artists, activists, and academics, includes:

Rob Moolman – Executive Director, Utah Pride Center
Holly Tuckett – Documentary Filmmaker, Church & State
Erika Munson – Co-founder, Mormons Building Bridges
Eileen Chanza Torres, Ph.D. – Asst. Professor of English and Gender Studies, Westminster College
Moderator Marina Gomberg – Human rights activist and columnist, The Salt Lake Tribune

The Cake tells the story of Della, the best baker in a politically-red North Carolina town, who is faced with a decision that pits her faith against family when she is asked to bake a wedding cake for two women. The panel discussion is intended to compliment the themes of the play, representing parties from both sides of the aisle both politically and religiously.

Those who are interested in attending need only show up to SLAC, 168 W. 500 North, for the discussion — no ticket necessary. The panel commences March 3 at 3 p.m., and will be broadcast on Facebook Live via SLAC’s Facebook page.

The Cake runs through March 10. Tickets available via tickets.saltlakeactingcompany.org or by calling SLAC’s box office at 801.363.7522.

High times to be had at the Bear Summit

The Utah Bears group’s Bear Summit is a weekend-long event, March 1-3, 2019, hosted in part by Club Try-Angles that includes skiing, parties, swag, a bear/cub contest, and more to be announced in the coming weeks. Attendees are required to register and the cost is $35 (not including the ski day). Below is a current list of the summit events.

Friday, March 1
5PM-8PM – Bear Summit Vendor Fair (Registration Pickup) at Club Try-Angles
9:30PM – Meet & Greet at Club Try-Angles

Saturday, March 2
Ski with Jack – Park City Mountain Resort (Not included in registration). Skiing schedule: Departing the host hotel, the Hotel Hampton Inn & Suites, 1345 S. Foothill Dr., at 8:15 a.m. Or meet at Park City Mountain Village at 9 a.m.

(For those not skiing and evening events)
1PM – Mountain West Cider Tour / Tasting included (21+ only)
7PM – Aprés Aprés Ski meal at Club Try-Angles
8PM – Bear/Cub Contest at Club Try-Angles

Sunday, March 3
11AM Brunch @ Fiddlers Elbow (Not included in registration 21+ only)
Time TBA – Bowling – Olympus Hills Bowling Lanes (Not included in registration)
Time TBA – Farewell Party – Club Try-Angles

UofU LGBT Resource Center invites all to welcome reception of incoming director

Clare Lemke, the former assistant director of the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success at Iowa State University, was recently named the new director of the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center, and now is the chance to meet her at a welcome reception on March 20.

Lemke is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native, who received a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies at the University of Iowa before joining the Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success in 2015. During her time there her main focuses were on transgender inclusion and gender equity.

The informal gathering welcomes all interested in meeting Lemke and will be held at the resource center at 409 Olpin Student Union Building, on the UofU campus, March 20, 3-5 p.m.

Photo: Clare Lemke

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