|September 20, 2005
-- In conjunction with National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11, the University
of Utah Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
will present a series of PRIDE 2005 lectures, activities and performances,
running from Oct. 11-22.
“This year’s programming is centered on the theme ‘Breaking
Through . . .’, which explores the entity of what it means
to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in today’s world.
We believe these events will break down barriers and misconceptions
that surround queer existence,” note
the co-chairs of PRIDE 2005 at the University of Utah.
PRIDE 2005 activities are offered in collaboration with the University’s
Offices for Diversity, Gender Studies, Housing and Residential Education,
the U’s Women’s Resource Center, the Associated Students
of the University of Utah’s Diversity Board, the Salt Lake
Film Center, the I.J. Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center, the
Utah AIDS Foundation and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender
Community Center of Utah. Funding for these events has also been
provided by the B.W. Bastian Foundation.
PRIDE events begin with a “Pseudo Drag Queen Dash Invitational,”
Oct. 11, at noon, between the U’s Student Services Building
and the Marriott Library. Dash participants, wearing high heels,
will carry trays of fruit cocktail. Funds will be raised through
departmental and community sponsorship of contestants. Proceeds
will benefit the LGBT Resource Center. A campus map, detailing the
location for this and all other PRIDE events, can be found at www.map.utah.edu.
On Oct. 15, a “Queer Spelling Bee” will be held from
6-9 p.m., in the Black Box at the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender
Community Center of Utah, 351 N. 300 W. A $5 donation at the door
is encouraged and students and “queertestants” are free.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three “queertestants”
and refreshments will be served.
The 2003 Sundance Film “Normal” will be shown in the
Ft. Douglas Post Theater, 245 Fort Douglas Blvd., at the University
of Utah, on Oct. 16, at 2 p.m. That evening, a showing of “Boys
Don’t Cry,” will be held from 6-8 p.m., also in the
Post Theater. Both events are free and open to the public.
On Oct. 18, the Women’s Resource Center, located in room 293
of the University’s Union Building, 200 S. Central Campus
Dr. (1595 E.), will host a brown bag lunch, part of a larger year-long
series. Women’s Resource Center Training Coordinator Donna
Hawxhurst will present “What’s Love Got to do With It?
Myths and Realities of Romantic Relationships: Strategies for Creating
Healthy Intimate Partnerships of all Varieties and Genders.”
The event begins at noon, but guests are encouraged to arrive a
few minutes early.
That evening, the “5th Annual University of Utah LGBT Resource
Center PRIDE Gala Dinner” will be held at the Jewish Community
Center, 2 North Medical Drive. The dinner will feature transgender
activist and executive director of Gender PAC Riki Wilchins, with
performing artist Sacha Sacket. Three awards, recognizing University
advocates for the LGBT community, will be presented. Awards recipients
this year are Donna Hawxhurst, Kristy Bartley and the Gender Studies
Program. Tickets are $65 per plate or $650 per table of 10. For
ticket information, contact Becky McKean at 801-581-8151 or firstname.lastname@example.org
or Charles Milne at 801-587-7973 or email@example.com.
For more information on GPAC, visit www.gpac.org.
On Oct. 19, Riki Wilchins will present “Ending Gender Stereotypes:
a New Path to Full Equality,” at a lecture in the U of U Marriott
Library Gould Auditorium, from 12-1 p.m. The event is free and open
A panel discussion, titled “Breaking Through the Queer Entity:
What it is to Be Gay,” will be held on Oct. 20 in the Orson
Spencer Hall (OSH) Auditorium, from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Panelists include
Emma Gross, Valerie Larabee, Kathryn Stockton, Shenika Christy,
Jennifer Lee Jackson and Derick Stephensen. Diane Waryas will be
moderating the event. The event is free and open to the public.
Also on Oct. 20, the documentary “License to Kill” will
be shown at the Salt Lake City Main Library at 7 p.m. The film will
be shown in conjunction with the YWCA’s and the Salt Lake
Film Center’s Week Without Violence. This event is free and
open to the public.
“Queer Comedy 101,” featuring Jerry Callum, Alan Walker
and others will be held on Oct. 21, at 7 p.m., at the Rose Wagner
Theater, located in downtown Salt Lake City. This event is held
in collaboration with the National Gay Men’s Health Summit
and the Utah AIDS Foundation. For ticket information please visit
The final event of the week will be a screening of the film “Ma
Vie En Rose” (“My Life in Pink”), Oct. 22, from
1:30-3 p.m., at the Salt Lake City Main Library. The film, being
sponsored by the Salt Lake Film Center, is free and open to the
The LGBT Resource Center at the University of Utah provides a comprehensive
range of education, information and advocacy services and works
to create and maintain an open, safe and supportive environment
for LGBT students, staff, faculty, alumni and others in the campus
community. For more information on the LGBT Resource Center at the
University of Utah, call 801-587-7973 or go to www.sa.utah.edu/lgbt.