The Utah Pride Center has literally saved my son's life. When I brought him in, I thought he was feeling a little down and needed a supportive environment to work through it. If it hadn't been for the smart therapists and groups at the Pride Center, I wouldn't have known he'd been hiding he was trans, and feeling suicidal needed support and help for it.
Now he's out, proud, and working towards a great life as a boy!
The Pride Center is making progress in leaps and bounds since the new director stepped into his role. It offers a wide array of resources for the LGBTQIA community, as well as a much-needed space to meet and organize the various groups that serve every aspect of our community. Pride this year was improved from last year, as was the parade. In all, the Pride Center is making active steps to listen and improve for its community, and it is so greatly appreciated.
When our son came out, my wife and I felt lost and alone. The Utah Pride Center was a great place for us to find resources and connect us with other people and groups that were extremely helpful as we tried to navigate learning to advocate and support our son, and deal with issues and extended family, etc. We still come to the center for events and meetings and refer others to it who are in need of the help we did. The people who work there are amazing, friendly, understanding, non-judgemental, and very willing to help and support. I can't say enough about what a great resource they are... and highly needed in this community.
I am very proud of the visionary work that is done by the Utah Pride Centers staff.
The Center is doing exceptional work with our youth. We have a great model and have made great strides in partnering with the DCWS.
Our SAGE program, for the over 50's, is providing services to hundreds of seniors.
We have mental health services, health and wellness services, a great anti-smoking program and do HIV/AIDS testing.
Our out-reach and advocacy team reaches out to the broader community for trainings.
Our Pride Festival is fabulous. Over 30,000 people attended this last year. The parade included over one thousand LDS (Moron) marchers.
We have a thriving Transgender program.
Salt Lake can be proud of the work being done by the Utah Pride Center.
UPC recently purchased a 16,000 sq. ft building in the heart of the city. When completed, we will have a great gathering spot, complete with cyber-center, library and cafe.
It's hard to quantify the great and good work that UPC does in our community.
This nonprofit has one of the best Executive Directors in the business! She has expanded UPC's reach and relevance to and for the LGBT community throughout Utah. The support staff is professional and dedicated. The programs offered make a real difference in the lives of the gay community, young and old. Last week I referred a young lesbian to the UPC's licensed social worker. The girl had just been released from a week in a hospital after a suicide attempt. The social worker responded immediately with concern and compassion, and this girl is receiving -- for the first time -- experienced counseling. This is only one example. UPC deals with serious problems every day, and in a crisis, it is a life saver! Utahns -- gay and straight -- are beneficiaries of one of the elite Pride Centers in the United States. If you can contribute to United Way, or any other charity, please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Utah Pride Center!
I have only been to the pride center a few times, but I see the impact it has on the community. It's nice for the youth of slc to have a place to go. I try my best to support anything that gives money to this great outlet. I am from Utah county and I wish the youth down here had such a place in thier vicinity. We need to keep supporting this place and one day they will be able to expand.
I have been a volunteer at the Utah Pride Center for over two years. As an extremely busy individual with limited time to volunteer, I work with the Pride Center because I believe it is an organization that actually contributes to the community. Whether it is supporting other LGBT groups in the area or working with queer youth groups on the weekends, the Pride Center is one of the only LGBT groups in Utah that has enough resources to reach a broad set of folks in our diverse community along the Wasatch Front. Not only do I enjoy volunteering--in a variety of different capacities, but usually where I am needed most--but I appreciate the friendliness of the staff. It is so nice to go into an office when I get off work where folks appreciate the time I spend there and thank me for it. It feels great to be appreciated. My partner and I volunteer and give annually as well-- while we are not wealthy, we feel that our small gift is the least we can do for an organization that has helped so many of our friends in LGBT Utah.
The Utah Pride Center has been the major driving force in recent years for LGBT equality in Utah. Their programs serve a wide range of people, from youth to adults, long-term political activists to newly "out" people seeking social connection. They host numerous community events, but especially the annual Utah Pride Celebration in early June. Center staff are compassionate and helpful, responsive on a wide variety of topics, articulate community representatives, and utterly professional. Simply put, the Utah Pride Center is the touching point from which all other LGBT issues in Utah radiate.