Weekly Feminist Happenings October 8th-14th

university of utah pride week

Tuesday, October 8th

Two Men and a Truck fundraiser for the Utah Food Bank: This is the first year of The Pack ‘N Snack Backpack drive which is intended to support Utah Food Bank’s BackPack Program, one of the few programs that provides weekend food to at-risk children in Utah. Donations will be accepted at the Salt Lake City Two Men and a Truck office or at participating locations. For more information, call the Salt Lake City Two Men and a Truck at 801-621-0078. Details: For more information visit here.

“Two Spirit Panel:” Panelists will discuss trans-identity in diverse ethnic communities. Perspectives from the Pacific Islander, Native American, Chican@, Asian American, African American, and refugee communities will be shared. Details: From 10:45-11:45 a.m. at the University of Utah in Orson Spencer Hall, room 253.

Wednesday, October 9th

“Savage Love Live:” The University of Utah Pride Committee has invited Dan Savage to give the keynote address for the U’s Pride Week. Savage is a renowned writer, TV personality and activist best known for his political and social commentary.

In September 2010, Savage created a YouTube video to inspire hope for LGBT young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives, Savage wanted to create a personal message to let LGBT youth know that “it gets better.” Today the It Gets Better Project has become a global movement, inspiring more than 50,000 It Gets Better videos viewed over 50 million times. Details: From 6-7:30 p.m. on the University of Utah campus in the Ray Olpin Union. Two free tickets per student and $10 per ticket for community members.

Thursday, October 10th

Women’s Resource Center Fundraiser: the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Utah will host its third annual fundraiser, “What Changes the World Starts Here: Educating Women, Educating Utah.” Tickets will be available at the door or online at umarket.utah.edu/WRC. All proceeds go directly to the Women’s Resource Center. Details: Starts at 6 p.m. at Cactus and Tropicals (2735 S. 2000 East, Salt Lake City).

Danny Qunitana book signing: Join us as Danny Quintana reads and signs his book, “Overcoming Adversity: Adventures in Wheelchair Tennis.” Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at Sam Weller’s Book Works (665 E. 600 South, Salt Lake City).

Open Safe Zone Training: The Safe Zone Program strives to create an atmosphere of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community. The program raises visibility and promotes ally building through:

  • Education of individuals on LGBTQ+ issues relating to gender and sexuality and how one may intervene when they witness discrimination.
  • Creating visibility of people who can provide resources to LGBTQ+ community members and their allies.
  • Creating a safe environment on campus and in the community free from transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism, and cisgender bias.

Details: From 8:30-11:30 a.m. in the University of Utah Ray Olpin Union (Union Den on the first floor).

Film screening of Girl Rising: As the culmination of a week long campaign, we will be screening CNN’s film, Girl Rising. This is a film which sheds light on the power of education in the lives of girls and women around the world. After the film, those interested are invited to join a panel discussion about women and education. Details: From 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the University of Utah Social & Behavioral Sciences Lecture Hall.

Friday, October 11th

13th Annual Gay-La Dinner & Silent Auction: The Gay-La Dinner & Silent Auction will be held at the Jewish Community Center (2 North Medical Drive) with the reception starting at 6pm and dinner at 7pm. The cost is $65 ($650.00 for a table of ten) for community members and $45 for students ($450.00 for a table of ten students). This is the thirteenth year we have celebrated the end of University Pride Week with the Gay-La and the second time it has landed on National LGBTQ Coming Out Day. Details: From 6-9 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center. 

Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles: Weber State Cultural Affairs will present “It Gets Better” with The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. For tickets, call 801-626-8500 or weberstatetickets.com. Visit wsuculturalaffairs.org for information. Details: Starts at 7:30 p.m. at Peery’s Egyptian Theater (2415 Washington Blvd., Ogden).

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