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Project Rainbow set to stake LGBTQ+ flags mid-June

Since its founding, Project Rainbow has contributed over $250,000 to support LGBTQ+ initiatives throughout Utah. In 2023 alone, the organization awarded over $70,000 to 24 different organizations, each supporting a diverse range of projects and events aimed at promoting LGBTQ+ acceptance and support.

Project Rainbow’s flagship initiative involves placing rainbow flags at “host” homes and businesses on significant dates throughout the year, including Utah Pride Week, Transgender Day of Visibility, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Southern Utah Pride Week. By doing so, the organization aims to create powerful visual displays of LGBTQ+ love and acceptance. Additionally, large flag displays in public areas are organized to educate communities about the LGBTQ+ experience.

This Pride Month, flags will be staked the weekend of June 8th and will be picked up through the week of June 16th. Flags for this campaign will be staked for residents in Salt Lake, Weber, Davis, Cache, Summit, and Utah counties. Addresses outside of these counties will be mailed a pride flag to keep and show proudly year-round.

Since its inception in 2018, Project Rainbow Utah, a 501(c)(3) organization, has been dedicated to fostering visible, community-wide demonstrations of love and support for LGBTQ+ individuals across the state. The organization’s vision is to create neighborhoods adorned with rainbow flags, fostering an environment of acceptance, care, and safety for LGBTQ+ friends and family.

The funds raised through donations from flag hosts are channeled into Project Rainbow’s Community Fund which supports a variety of organizations, projects, and events that further the mission of increasing LGBTQ+ visibility and support throughout Utah. Individuals, groups, and organizations are invited to apply for grants ranging from $100 to $7,000. Applications are accepted annually in December, with grantees selected, and awards distributed the following February.

New this year, supporters can make monthly or annual subscription payments, and the group will automatically stake flags in March for Transgender Day of Visibility, June for Pride Month, and November for Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance. Subscriptions can be secured for $5 monthly or $50 annually.

Also new this year, Mark Miller Subaru is teaming up with the project to kick off the staking with a brunch, speakers, and the ability to use a new Subaru to distribute the flags in style. The event is June 7 at The Evo Hotel, with brunch at 10 a.m. and flag staking from noon to 3 p.m. and then split up to stake flags.

More information on Project Rainbow can be found at projectrainbowutah.org. Reserve a flag for June at bit.ly/flags24. Sign up for the Mark Miller Subaru brunch and staking at bit.ly/mmsrainbow.

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