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As quiet as the bee’s knees, local gay bar, Club Jam, closed its doors. It has been transferred to a new, more hipster oriented trend bar, HandleBar. Serving up jacket potatoes and wings among other things, extensive renovation of the structure was undertaken to transform the new pub from dance club to pub style life.
Kathy Stephenson, writing for the Salt Lake Tribune on June 8, 2018, describes the new Handlebar in their article “The HandleBar is a new Salt Lake City ‘biker’ bar geared toward cyclists and any other thirsty patrons…HandleBar, 751 N. 300 W., replaces Club Jam, a popular gay bar and dance club that opened in 2008 but in recent years had struggled.
‘When the area wasn’t as residential,’ Morris said, ‘a dance club made more sense.’ The new bar fits more in line with the neighborhood, but the sadness if felt in the community. “‘It’s exciting and sad at the same time,’ said Rob Moolman, executive director of the Utah Pride Center, who added that having ‘queer spaces’ where the LGBTQ community can ‘come out and be themselves’ is important.'”
While the Pride Center does exist and helps many people, the loss of a local staple venue, closing down to just 2 dedicated queer spaces, shifts a significant part of the population to other venues and away from the scene.
“At one point in the 1970s, Salt Lake City could boast 10 gay or lesbian bars. Now, with the closure of Jam, two remain: the Sun Trapp and Club Try-Angles. ‘Times have changed,’ Moolman said. For the most part, ‘young people today are growing up in a different climate of understanding and inclusivity. They can walk into any [bar or restaurant] space and be themselves.’ He pointed to Salt Lake City’s recent Pride Festival and Parade, which enjoyed some of their largest turnouts, according to preliminary numbers.”
SLPS is sad to see it go, President Muad’Dib had been there since the opening. “I remember the owners used to have lots of community events such as art shows and BBQs. It was great to get a free meal as a college student and not have to scrap for funds. Bear Foot wine did a tasting there once. When they got their liquor license things moved towards traditional club scene, but it was always a good spot.”

Club Jam
Source: GLAAD

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SLPS had a wonderful time reading tarot and participating in the 2018 Utah Pride Festival. The theme for the event this year was “Get Salty.” The festival was held at the usual City and County Building June 2-3. The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition kicked off services Thursday, May 31 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. SLPS was in attendance as the one of the Pagan faith representatives.

Many folks came by for readings, all for $10. The Merqueen, formerly of Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake  and her wife marched with SLPS in the parade Sunday, June 3.

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Utah Pride Festival 2018, booth looking north to City and County Building, Saturday, June 2, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2018, booth with Shy Fox, Saturday, June 2, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Parade 2018, l to r- Willow and Rachel F., and Shy Fox, June 3, 2018, Salt Lake City, UT

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The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce its literary journal, Enhedunna, has been offered to be included in EBSCO products. “EBSCO is one of the primary vendors of databases for libraries and research. EBSCO will index the journal, having a PDF file on their servers. Enheduanna will live on forever, accessible to millions of people and thousands of libraries that subscribe to their products.” said president Muad’Dib who also happens to be a librarian. A substantial feat, only in its second year. SLPS is humbled and gratified that the journal is being so recognized for its literary and scholastic achievement, adding legitimacy to the scholastic study of Paganism.

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The 41st Annual Utah Pride Festival took place over the weekend of June 3-5, 2016. The Festival opened with prayer at the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service on Thursday, June 2 at First Baptist Church. Pride this year included the usual music, vendors, food, rallies, and parade.

SLPS has been participating with a booth at Pride since 2011. The first tarot readings were in 2012, which were free. In 2014, SLPS started charging $5 and uped it to $10 in 2015. This year’s booth was highly successful, bringing in a good income from the society as the annual fundraiser that sets the budget. Over 100 readings were done, many of which were palm readings.

Many companies and organizations participated, including Discover, Netflix, Vegan Leather Boundary, Utah Gay Rodeo Association, the City Library, and the Animal Shelter. Some great and diverse food vendors came including funnel cakes, pizza, Greek, Jamaican, Skewered Thai, Poutine Fries, and Sweet Roasted Corn.

Sunday was the busy day. SLPS marched in the parade with the interfaith in front of the rainbow flag. President Muad’Dib was asked to bless the flag this year, uttering the following prayer “Father Sky, Firm Earth, let this rainbow shine and open people’s pockets deep and fill her up! So mote it be!” Money thrown into the flag goes to the Utah Pride Center.

Tens of thousands people lined up on 200 S. to watch the parade. The route was reversed this year, with the floats, all 153 entries lining up along 200 W and the Salt Palace and ending at 400 E. A dozen or so protesters were seen, but they were in the minority.

The trees around the city and county building were certainly happy about the festival. President Muad’Dib was walking by an old sycamore when he felt how happy the tree was for the people. “The tree was smiling and looking around, just so happy to be giving its shade to people in the hot sun. It seemed they are lonely there, as its a government building, and they just want to connect with the people around them and provide for them. I think it’s nice then that the area is used for festivals so that the trees feel like they are being useful, giving of their resources like shade and comfort.”

Sunday was the very busy, with the festival squeezed to the brim! The Pride Center reported over 50,000 people attended the festival and 50,000 attended the parade over the weekend!

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone-Utah Pride, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Utah Pride History poster created by Muad’Dib, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Stesha Bowden, Shy Fox, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r- Woman Between the Wolves, Stesha Bowden, and Shy Fox, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, clients, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, night at Tryangles, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade along 200 S. and 200 W. looking east, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox lined up, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Chuvaruh B’Yachad Reconstructionist Jews of Salt Lake, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, flag, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Rainbow Wizard Muad’Dib, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, attendees along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, protesters along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, in the parade along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking west, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking north, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths looking east, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, food vendors, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, The Big Burger food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Skewered Thai food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Sweet Roasted Corn food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Funnel Cake food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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The 15th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service kicked off 2016 Utah Pride Festival. Held Thursday, June 2, 2016 the service is a great way to open the festivities: with prayer and worship. SLPS has been participating with the interfaith since 2011.

This year’s service was held again at First Baptist Church. This is primarily due to the reorganization that took place earlier in the year. The service included the Salt Lake Men’s Choice, a speaker, a ritual of remembrance, and a chant by the Buddhists. The main speach was given by Cindy Solomon-Kelbba from Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). The Pride Pipers recessed at the closing, leading the faith leaders out of the chapel, which included over 15 faith organizations and about 20 leaders from Unitarian, Pagan, Buddhist (Zen and Tibetan), Catholic (one priest traveled from Evantson, WY), Christian, and Mormon’s Building Bridges. A reception with refreshments was held afterwards for the faith leaders to mingle with the audience.

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Woman Between the Wolves (wizard hat), Anna Zumwalt (Back middle painting), Curtis Price (right lavender shirt), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Maureen Duffey-Boose (left), Woman Between the Wolves (Wizard hat), Curtis Price (right), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Thursday, June 3, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Cindy Solomon-Klebba (middle), Matthew Cockrum (right) clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt (left), Cindy Solomon-Klebba (middle brown), Woman Between The Wolves (right blue), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Salt Lake Men’s Choir, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Buddhist Chant, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Cindy Solomon-Klebba of Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt of Zen Buddhist (left) and Mathew Cockrum of First Unitarian, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Maureen Duffy-Boose performing ritual of remembrance, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, ritual of remembrance with candles lit, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Pride Pipers after service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt (left black), Curtis Price (right black), clergy after service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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President Muad’Dib discovered while going through the Utah Pride Center private archives a photo of the “Salt Lake Pagan Community” from the the 1995 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. “I didn’t know that the Pagans had been marching in the parade back then. I had thought perhaps that SLPS was the first to march in the parade, but I knew others could have, just there was no evidence. This year is the 26th year of the parade, so now we know they have marched before. SLPS began marching in the parade in 2011 with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.”

The LGBT community has had a long crossover into the Pagan community, as many of the members identify with both. It’s common that LGBT people find the Pagan community more accepting because of how personal the spirituality of Paganism is and how many various paths people walk. Paganism allows individuals to explore facets of deity, the inside self, and the universe they hadn’t previously without putting them into a box or creating a cookie cutter mentality. Often Paganism is more fulfilling than larger organized religion.

The Utah Pride Center has photographs from various events that will be transferred to the Marriott Library Special Collections Archives at the University of Utah this year under the leadership of President Muad’Dib, who works as the library director at the center. The picture below will soon be available for everyone to access in the Multimedia Division. If anyone can identify the individuals, please send SLPS an email or leave a comment.

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The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition has a new board of faith leaders who will oversee the function of the annual service. After the 2015 Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Service Russ Gorringe, who had headed the coalition since 2002, stepped down. A steering committee was formed to reorganize. From the committee meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church at 6pm, a new structure was formed to go forward into the future with the coalition.

SLPS trustee Woman Between the Wolves attended the meeting, advocating for the board style leadership, which idea was put forward by SLPS President Muad’Dib at the last interfaith service to Russ and through email to the members before the meeting. The UPIC accepted this proposal and will now be run by a 3 member board, which includes a seat for a non Christian faith. There will be a staggered rotation, with a new seat opening every year of those 3 seats. It will be volunteer roles. The board will still continue to invite all faiths to plan and host the services annually.

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SLPS was invited to participate in the Utah Faith Fair, which was a part of the Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance. The rally and fair took place on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 11am to 1pm at the Utah State Capitol building. Organized by Tim VanZeban, the fair was part of the community response to the new policy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on children, which states that children of same-sex couples and marriages are not allowed to be baptized unless they disavow their parents.

The fair was successful, with a handful of religious organizations, community groups, and county services occupying the capitol building rotunda from 11-1, while the rally took place on the steps of the capitol. The rally gathered about 100, and it appeared around 150 people resigned their membership using the PostMormon table, who would be delivering the resignations for those that resigned. Others browsed the groups looking at support or getting details on their options being post Mormon. SLPS offered daily advice through a one card pull of the Medieval Cat Tarot, giving positive messages and uplifting confidence to those who had resigned their LDS membership.

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Rotunda, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, PostMos (l) and Mormon Spectrum, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, South Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (Patty Willis rainbow stole), Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Red Cliff Counseling and Wellness List Warner (l) and Woman Between the Wolves of the Salt Lake Pagan Society, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Salt Lake Pagan Society Muad’Dib (l) and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Mathew Cockrum of First Unitarian Church, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Mormon Spectrum, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Center for Spiritual Living, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, Salt Lake County Youth Services, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, First Baptist Church (l-Curtis Price) and Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, LGBT-Affirmative Therapists Guild of Utah, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, signs at rally, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

Utah Faith Fair: Utah Rally for Love, Equality, Family, and Acceptance, rally, Saturday, November 21, 2015, Utah Capitol Building, Salt Lake City, Utah

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What a wonderful adventure! The excitement keeps on coming at every turn. SLPS had a terrific weekend attending the 4th Annual Moab Pride Festival Saturday and Sunday September 26-27, 2015. The group drove down Friday evening, staying at the Days Inn motel. After a mix up with only one king sized bed for three people, the readers finally got some rest for the big day in the morning. No time for the the Pre-Pride Party at the Rio bar that the pride crowds were attending.

Saturday morning September 26, breakfast was at the local Moab Diner, but due to the tourists, had to be taken to go. The festival started at 10:30 at Swanny City Park. The vendor booths were placed in a semi-circle around the stage in the park. Various vendors included Equality Utah, Human Rights Campaign, The National Forest Service, The Grand County Library, and the Trevor Project.

A visibility march took place at 11:30 am, marching a few blocks east, south, then west before circling back around to the park. Groups such as Utah Naturalists, Mormons Building Bridges, the Moab Valley Multicultural Center and the local fire department participated with their fire engine bringing up the rear.

The day was very hot, upwards of 95 degrees F. Various bands performed through the day, with drag shows scattered throughout the programming. SLPS’ booths was busy, bringing in many customers who had never had a reading. The Native American Club from Grand County School District sold Navajo tacos. The Moab Valley Multicultural Center sold tostadas, and the mobile vendor Quesadilla Mobilla sold various quesadillas.

Dinner was at the local restaurant La Hacienda. Enchiladas were in order, with shrimp and chicken. The guacamole had to be spiced up somewhat with pepper sauce, but the food was pretty good overall.  The staff continued to check on us throughout the dinning experience and even gave us tips about the parks in the area.

The Pride after party was held at the Rio, same place as the Pre-Pride party next door to the park. Door fee was $15, which went to help fund the local youth center. Filled with Pride attendees, people drank, partied, and danced the warm night away.

Since SLPS was so successful, we decided to stay another night. Because of the trouble the night before, Days Inn gave us a discounted room, with two beds this time! Sunday morning, September 27 brought a chance to do some shopping and eat breakfast at Love Muffin Cafe, reinvesting the money from the community back into the local economy. The Love Muffin Cafe turned out to be the spot where all the hung over Post-Pride Parties came to get their fill of breakfast burritos, coffee, and muffins.

SLPS headed over to the mighty Colorado river to performing a morning ritual. After meditating and collecting some special water, a trip to Arches National Park was in order. The $10 fee was a good price to spend a day hiking and viewing sacred nature!

With many pictures, selfies, and group shots, SLPS did the whole circuit. Balanced rock, Double Arch, Skyline Arch, and Window Arch before heading off to hike to the famous Delicate Arch which is on the Utah license plates. The hike was arduous, in the heat of the day, with a difficult trail up a 45 degree slickrock face and uneven terrain, little shade was in sight, but the members of SLPS completed the trail in 2 1/2 hours with the help of a Venezuelan family after running out of water. We spent some time at the arch and headed back down the mainly descending trail. A drive back to Moab for water, food, and gas came as a relief.

Sucking down a gallon of water and eating pulled pork from Wendy’s, SLPS got back on the road for the return trip to Salt Lake City. The sun set over the western desert, illuminating the red rock, and we watched the supermoon eclipse on highway 6 outside of Price, UT. We pulled over to perform some quick eclipse full moon magic and take in the stunning view of the Milky Way Galaxy that can be seen in the wild desert away from the city lights.

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib arrived in Moab at 2am, Days Inn, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, l to r- Shy Fox, Piggy, and Muad’Dib having to share a king bed, Days Inn, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, breatkfast at Moab Diner, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view from Moab Diner of a Mesa looking south west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Moab Valley Cultural Center in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march at main street and 100 N, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march heading west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib and Mormons Building Bridges in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, visibility march with Utah Naturalists in purple roabs, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, rainbow flag in visibility march, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, pride banner, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, SLPS booth with Shy Fox, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, National Forest Service, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking north west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking south west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths looking south east, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, vendor booths in a half circle looking north, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, stage, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Quesadilla Mobila food vendor, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Native American Club of Grand County School District, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, L to r- Piggy, Shy Fox, and Muad’Dib, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Kali Ma, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view of the festival looking west, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, stage from wine and beer area, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, attendees listening to music, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Swanny City Park, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, after pride dinner- shrimp enchiladas at La Hacienda, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, after price dinner-restaurant menu, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, moonbeam flowers outside of La Hacienda, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Pride after party- electric car charging station at Best Western, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Pride after party at the Rio, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, dancers at the Pride after party, Saturday, September 26, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the long motel corridor at Days Inn, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, view from Days Inn- Mesa looking south west, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the Days Inn, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Love Muffin Cafe, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, La Poutine breakfeast the Love Muffin Cafe (potatoes, sausage gravy, two eggs, bacon, blue cheese, pico), Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, the mighty Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, l to r-Muad’Dib, Shy Fox, and Piggy at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Sunrise Ritual at the Colorado River, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, entrance to Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park hoodoos, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park view of entrance and road to Moab, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park road down to entrance, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park- La Sal moutain range in back, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park-view of cliffs, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Petrified Sand Dunes sign, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Petrified Dunes with Le Sal Mountain Range in back, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Arches National Park outcropping, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib with cigar at the Ancient Sand Dunes, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Balanced Rock info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Balanced Rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib balancing Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, mini balanced rocks at Balanced rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Piggy, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Skyline Arch info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, sign, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, sign for trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Skyline Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Double Arch trail passes, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, formation along Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib on Double Arch trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Queen Nefertiti Rock, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Courthouse, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch Info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch info, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Wolfe Ranch house, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail river, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail dried river bed, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Petroglyphs trail, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Petroglyphs, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail with Piggy and Shy Fox, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock face, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock at 45 degree angle, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail slick rock climb with view of park, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail mesas and peaks of La Sal Mountains, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail rock strata, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

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Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch trail rock layers,, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, bird perched at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah

Moab Pride 2015, Muad’Dib (l) and Piggy at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Sunday, September 27, 2015, Moab, Utah



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What a busy weekend! SLPS Participated in the Utah Pride Festival events on Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Things kicked off with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition‘s Interfaith Service for healing on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 7pm. The service was one of helping people to gain peace and understand with the divine. The Theme “Sacred Embraces Real” emphasized the Utah Pride Festival’s Theme “Gotta Be Real”. Saturday, June 1,2013 Continued the interfaith with the interfaith Rally and March from First United Methodist Church in downtown Salt Lake City on 200 E 200 S to the Festival at 200 E and 400 S. Along the way, the march joined up with the Transgender March and the Dyke March.

After the march, SLPS opened the tent for business with Free Tarot Readings. Special mermaid readings were available from MerQueen Lei Loni Tilley, Founder and Queen of the Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake. Witch’s Runes were also being read by Azetta, Seedling of the Blue Dragon. President Muad’Dib used his Deviant Moon Tarot, Piggy had the Rider-Waite, Lunar Oak Spirit had the Shamanic Tarot, and Woman Between the Wolves was on the Robin Wood Tarot.

Sunday, June 2, 2013 brought the Utah Pride Festival Parade at 10 am. SLPS marched in robes and hates with the Utah Pride Interfaith section. After the exhausting march down 200 S, SLPS returned and did more free readings for people at the festival. It is estimated that 300 people stopped by the booth and had their cards, cartouche or runes read. What a great way to give service to the LGBT community! SLPS is excited to return next year for a fourth year!

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith March l to r: Woman Between the Wolves, Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Muad’Dib, Lunar Oak Spirit, First United Methodist Church,Saturday, June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Booth, L to r (behind the table)-Lunar Oak Spirit, Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Janelle Baguley, and Willow Figueroa (mermaid), Saturday, June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival, Pandora Boxx on Stage, Saturday, June 1, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade, l to r: Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, Patrick Lucero, Cheyanne Opheikens, Iyata Bond, Harley Tilley, Willow Figueroa, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade, l to r: Piggy, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Muad’Dib, Patrick Lucero, Cheyanne Opheikens, Iyata Bond, Harley Tilley, Willow Figueroa, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade, lining up to walk with Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition, l to r: Lei Loni and Harley Tilley, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Lunar Oak Spirit (green skirt), and Patrick Lucero, 400 E near 400 S, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Parade Marching west on 200 S and 400 E, l to r: Willow Figueroa (wheelchair), Harley Tilley, Shy Fox, Iyata Bond (middle red) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Booth, l to r (behind table): Muad’Dib (holding cards), Cheyanne Opheikens, Shy Fox and Lunar Oak Spirit (hat), Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah Pride Festival Booth, left side Savanna Cunningham (l in red) and Danielle Donaldson, right side front to back: Azetta Seedling of the Blue Dragon, Callista Dreamwalker and Woman Between the Wolves, Sunday, June 2, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT

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Thanks to all who attend and helped at the booth at this year’s Utah Pride Festival. We had an eventful weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 2-3, 2012 in downtown SLC, which included the interfaith service, interfaith march, Sunday’s parade and free tarot readings at the booth! We had so many people wanting readings that we had to turn folks away when the gates closed. Wait time was over an hour! But we feel grateful being able to help and bring solace, validation and guidance to those seeking answers. Those of us that marched in the parade could feel the wealth of gratitude washing over us as we were cheered on and thanked for being the only Pagan representation at the parade and festival! We even had pagans from Logan join us in the middle of the march! All in all it was a success and UUPS can’t wait for next year! Check out the photos below!

U of U Pagan Society Marching Banner for Utah Pride Parade Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2012 before parade Fire Runner (l) and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012 L to R-Fire Runner, Muad’Dib and Shy Fox Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012, Shy Fox (l) and Woman Between the Wolves Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival Parade 2012, Muad’Dib (l) and Fire Runner Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride festival Parade 2012, l to r-Woman Between the Wolves, Fire Runner, and Shy Fox marching west on 200s Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2012, l to r Muad’Dib, Fire Runner, Shy Fox, and Woman Between the Wolves after parade Sunday, June 3, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT

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Hi Folks!

Come out and join us for this years LGBTQ PRIDE Festival! We will be participating in several events this weekend, here’s a list

Saturday, June 2, 2012-

12:30 Interfaith service and march

3-8 festival

Sunday, June 3, 2012-

9am-1 PRIDE Parade March

2-7 festival

Come stop by the booth, march in the parade with us and have a good old time! If you’d like to help out, please contact Muad’Dib at 8017094632

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Well with everything settled down again, it’s time for reports! We had a successful venture at the LGBTQ Pride Festival a few weekends ago  Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2011. Many folks stopped by our table and signed up for the newsletter and updates. A few people paid dues and became members, took information and all together enjoyed our presence. All of the newsletters we took (About 50) we’re gone on Saturday. A few folks even felt generous enough to put a few dollars in our donations can. All in all, it was a success! So now it’s back to the old routine of full moons and holidays, but not to worry, many events and activities are coming up this summer!

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011, Woman Between the Wolves, (r) tabling for U of U Pagan Society, Saturday, June 4, 2011 Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 L to R-Fire Runner, Muad’Dib, Woman Between the Wolves, Callista Dreamwalker, Mustard Seed, Sunday June 5, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Kai Martinez (l) and Muad’Dib, Saturday, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBTQ Pride Festival 2011, Muad’Dib after interfaith march, Saturday, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Pride Parade on 200 S facing 400 E stop light, l to r: Mustard Seed, Callista Dreamalker, and Fire Runner,Sunday, June 5, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

Utah LGBT Pride Festival 2011 Pride Parade Gene Banner (l) and Muad’Dib, June 4, 2011, Salt Lake City, UT

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This year has showered man opportunities among us in the LGBTQ community. As a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition, we are allowed to march in the Sunday morning parade! Come dressed in robes, hats and staffs and be ready to carry our banner.

Time: Line up at 8:30 am

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011

Location: 300 E 400 S

We need people who can march to come and hold the banner, three people would be nice!

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Hi everyone

We have the esteemed opportunity to be participants in the 2011 interfaith service.  We will be ringing bells and invoking the gods of clarity and peace to help everyone. Here are the details

Time: 2-3pm

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011

Location: First Methodist Church, 203 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

After the service, we will all march to the festival with our banners behind a league of bag pipers! We hope you can all join us for this unique and privelaged experience!

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We have the wonderful opportunity to vend at the 2011 LGBTQ Pride Festival of Salt Lake City.  There are several shifts which need to be covered in order for us to fill all the seats and give everyone a chance to enjoy the festival

Theses are the times slots that currently need filling

Saturday: 7-11 pm, 2 people

Sunday: 2-5pm 2 people.

To sign up, please send your name and time you would like to vend to: uofupagansociety@gmail.com

Each person will need to purchase a ticket at the gate even though they will be vending. The festival has made no except and since we are in the Grass Roots Zone, we only got three free tickets. Please come and support us in our endeavor to bring education, awareness and inclusion to the people of Utah.

Look for our ad in the LGBTQ Newspaper the Q Salt Lake!

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This June 5th and 6th 2010 gave us the wonderful opportunity to include and help our LGBTQ brothers and sisters! UUPS went to the Salt Lake PRIDE Festival and gave 6 hours of service to this years festival. Mainly on the clean up crew and beer stands, but that didn’t stop everyone from having a wonderful time, and getting a free t-shirt!

Utah Pride Festival 2010, Muad’Dib on the green team picking up litter, Saturday, June 4, 2010, Salt Lake City, UT

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