Posts Tagged ‘LGBTQ’

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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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The Salt Lake Pagan Society is pleased to announce the publication of vol 2 of its literary journal Enheduanna. Vol. 2 continues with its goal of promoting creative literary and writing spaces in the contemporary Pagan community. This volume has returning and new authors, with over 20 from around the world contributing their works. Featured work is part 2 of “The Sacred Faeires’ Chronicles”: journal entries published for the first time detailing the history of the Sacred Faery group of Pagans in Utah from 1989-1993. Vol. 2 includes essays, poetry, memoir, creative nonfiction, and short fiction.

Languages included in this issue: English and Spanish.

Price is $14.99 and flat rating shipping worldwide. Hardcover book ships from China.

Go to our sister website enheduannajournal.com to get your copy today or click here!

Enheduanna Vol 2 cover.png

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Each year the Utah Pride Festival has an interfaith service as part of the festival activities. With the 2013 service, the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition’s interfaith event was moved from the Saturday afternoon slot to a Thursday evening, beginning the festivities with prayer and worship for all people. The 2014 service will continue the tradition, bringing in Pride with prayer and worship.

The UPIC seeks to promote healing, love, and to include everyone who identifies as LGBTQIA in finding, worshiping and making reconciliation with and to the divine if they have been exiled, shamed, forgotten, silenced, shunned and banished for their sexual orientation/expression and gender identity/expression. The main message that “God loves all” and that “all can worship the Divine” is in their mission statement “Together, we celebrate the divine within each of us. It is tragically believed by some gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people that on the event of their coming-out they lose all rights to consider themselves people of faith, spiritual and capable of holiness. As an Interfaith community we come together from many diverse faiths and cultures, to proclaim loudly and proudly that such is not the case!  Each of us is a being of love, created as we are.” – Maureen Aisling Duffy-Boose, 1734 Witch and Priestess.

The theme of this year will most likely stay the same as the festival’s, “Love Equals Love.” This year’s service will be on Thursday, June, 5, 2014 at 7pm at Wasatch Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City, UT. More to come as future planning meetings and details unfold.

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Planning Meeting, Russ Gorringe (2nd from Left) and Mark D. Trujillo (4th, Community of Christ), Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Planning Meeting, Faith leaders, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Planning Meeting, Faith leaders-Mark D. Trujillo (Community of Christ) center and Patty Willis (South Valley Unitarian Universalist) right, Wasatch Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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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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This December 1st 2010 brought UUPS the opportunity to work closely with the University of Utah LGBTQ Resource center to give time to the World Aids Day.  UUPS spent two hours tabling in the student union passing out information. We are proud to be allies with our LGBTQ friends and family members!  Although not enough hours, its a start to a working relationship for future volunteering opportunities with the LGBTQ Resource Center and other groups and organizations under the LGBTQ/AIDS Banner.



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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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