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Sad news to report, one of the local gay bars of South Salt Lake, The Paper Moon, located on 3737 S State, closed its doors this past December 2014. SLPS was informed about its closure in April 2015, which appeared to be quiet and unnoticed in the community. Its website, thepapermoonclub.com says “This webpage is not available”, but there is still a Facebook page. Yelp, a popular customer venue rating site like Urban Spoon and Angie’s List, also reports of its closure. As the only lesbian bar in Salt Lake City and the only gay bar located out of the downtown area, this is a great loss to the culture and night life of the LGBT community.

It opened in 1994, as indicated on their sign when they closed, which read “Thanks SLC for 20 Dyketastic Years.” Lauren Holman remembers being there and commented “It was a good place, good music, drinks, and a sizable dance floor, pool area, and patio. They didn’t like drinks on the floor, cover was $7. Overall was a fun place, especially for all the lesbians.”

The Paper Moon will be missed, SLPS hopes that the remaining exclusive gay bars, Tryangles, The Sun Trapp, and JAM will be able to be a safe place for all our lesbian friends. Long Live The Paper Moon

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The Gods are Happy! Everyone was blessed at Beltane this year, held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 6pm.

The ritual opened with the usual banishings and circle protections and elemental callings. The altar was decorated in Beltane colors and Celtic Knotwork, symbolizing the eternal nature of the Gods and everyonekinds connection to them. A special commissioned painting by Kurt Shoopman of Kentucky of Ganesh and Pan in the great rite was the centerpiece, symbolizing the Queer nature of divinity and everyonekind.

With drumming and music, the wedding party entered the circle. The God was played by Lunar Oak Spirit and the Goddess was played by Woman Between the Wolves. The declarations of unity, blessings and love was followed by the great rite, with the blade entering the chalice, symbolizing the unity of the Goddess and God to each other as well as to everyonekind.

With the throwing of rice and the reading of Beltane poetry, president Muad’Dib performed a druid rite to Niwalen.  The dancing of the sacred dance around the newly made May Day Pole was next. After some confusion, the pace picked up and the weaving of a tight knotwork took place, to ensure the blessings and desires of everyone who dance till next Beltane.

The feastings included wine, spirits, ribs, steak, greens beans and mushrooms, scalloped potatoes, yellow rice and curry chicken, and three bean salad. Check out the photos below!

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib cleaning the temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole ribbons, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves with May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves stapling the flowers to the top of the May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib with May Day Pole flowers, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Shy Fox, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheiknes, Rhiannon and Dinne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Shy Fox, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Piggy (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, main altar center with Ganesh and Pan Great Rite painting by Kurt Shoopman, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area contemplating the ritual, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib in temple area, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, South altar with Shekmet, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, West altar with Kali, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, East altar with Isis, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess approaching ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves as God and Goddess entering ritual circle, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r: Lunar Oak Spirit, Woman Between the Wolves, Shy Fox, Dianne Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Cheyanne Opheikens, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Owen Wilson, Lunar Oak Spirit and Anji Smith, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit and Woman Between the Wolves (r in red) performing the Great Rite. Back l to r- Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Beltane 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit performing the Great Rite, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Piggy, Owen Wilson, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole, l to r- Owen Wilson, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Piggy, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, After May Day dance, l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Woman Between the Wolves, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Cheyanne Opheikens, Muad’Dib, Owen Wilson, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, l to r-Lunar Oak Spirit, Rhiannon Watters, Piggy, Anji Smith, Shy Fox, Woman Between the Wolves, Cheyanne Opheikens, and Muad’Dib after dancing the May Pole, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, May Day Pole after weaving dance, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r: Anji Smith, Lunar Oak Spirit, Shy Fox, Owen Wilson, Dianne and Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting, l to r-Rhiannon Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens, Piggy, and Woman Between the Wolves, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Beltane 2014, Feasting with Anji Smith (l) and Lunar Oak Spirit, Saturday, May 3, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara shining face was seen this past Ostara 2014. SLPS held Ostara 2014 on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 6pm. The ritual was done in the New American Tradition by SLPS president Muad’Dib.

With the opening of the ceremony by the LBRP and other rites, the ritual quickly moved to the story of Ostara or Easter. Centering around the Goddess Eostre and her blessing of the bunnies to spread her name, a guided journey to meet the Goddess was performed. Afterward, wildflower seeds were spread in a barren patch of land, to bring new life as spring rolls forward. President Muad’Dib  performed a druid rite of spring to Coel. The cakes and ales included bunny bread rolls made by Rhiannon Watters that were offered up to the Goddess in thanks for the return of Spring, with the song “The Earth is Our Mother” by Libana being chanted in remembrance of our ties and duty to care for the land. The ritual ended peacefully with spring poetry.

The feastings included vegan lentil soup, potato rolls, grilled chicken, spinach and cucumber salad, and enchiladas. With the wine and juice flowing freely, the feastings continued into the night and ended with a few hands of five card poker!

Ostara 2014, East altar with Winged Isis, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, South altar with Apollo, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, West altar with Hades, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, North altar with Gaia, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014 main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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Ostara 2014, main altar center, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Goddess Ostara acrylic on board plaque by Kurth Shoopman, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 l to r: Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizardi, and Donna Watters ,Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Bunny biscuits made by Rhiannon Watters, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, fire, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib (l) and Cheyanne Opheikens, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib behind main altar, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Steven Wellington, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Woman Between the Wolves (l red) and Steven Wellington in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, wildflower seed area, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 l to r: Cheyanne Opheikens, Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Yuriel Lizarid, Shy Fox, and Donan Watteres in circle, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014 Feat, l to r: Steven Wellington, Rhiannon Watters, Donna Watters, Cheyanne Opheikens (middle right) and Shy Fox, (bottom right), with vegan lentil soup with ladle, water, apple juice and grilled chicken, potato salad, tomato soup, potato rolls (by Steven). Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Muad’Dib with poker chips for eyes, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

Ostara 2014, Poker game with Shy Fox, Saturday, March 22, 2014, Salt Lake City, UT

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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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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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