Utah Pride Center
From its humble beginnings in 1974 as an informal gathering in the park, the Utah Pride Festival has come a long way. It is now a Salt Lake City event that grows bolder and brighter with every year. The Festival empowers the LGBTQ community of Salt Lake, as well as the state of Utah as a whole, to come together, celebrate and educate. The Festival is now attended by more than 35,000 people and continues to grow each....[more]
Opening in 1992 under the name of the Utah Stonewall Center, the Center acts as a central location for the LGBTQ+ community to come together to advocate for social change, a safe an inclusive environment, and the equal treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Utah that had for years been living in fear of “coming out”.
When facing severe financial difficulties in the mid 1990’s, the community rallied behind the Center to raise funds for this vital organization. In 1997, the Center reopened as the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Utah. The new Center expanded its services, expanded its volunteer base, and started the annual Utah Pride Festival which takes place the first week of June. The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Utah changed its name to the Utah Pride Center in 2006, to be inclusive to all people impacted by LGBTQ+ issues, and in 2013 moved it its current location in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.
The organization prides itself on its abilities to bring people of differing opinions together for the betterment of the lives of individuals in the community. In 2015, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gave to the Utah Pride Center- its first ever donation to an LGBTQ+ advocacy group. The donation of an undisclosed amount goes toward getting those who are suffering from mental illness help, and feed hungry and homeless youth.
Jane and Tami Marquardt are proud members of the LGBTQ+ community and dedicated supporters of the Utah Pride Center. For more information on events, services, or resources provided by the Center, please visit www.utahpridecenter.org/.