Ogden Pride Festival Kicks Off in 30 days!

We have so much planned for our 5th Annual Ogden Pride Festival and so much more in store!

July 27th

We kick off pride week with Project Rainbow posting flags throughout Weber county beginning July 27th – August 4th. You can sponsor and have a flag posted in your yard by signing up here: https://www.projectrainbowutah.org/sign-up/ogden

August 1st

Join us as we host our annual Soirée fundraiser. As our largest fundraiser of the year, the Soirée helps us fund and support our mission and programs throughout the year.
Doors: 6 pm
$50 a person
$400 a table – reserved in your name/organization
both include our Homecoming Dance following the Soirée
The Monarch
455 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401

Keynote Speaker Sue Robbins
  • Hors-d’oeuvres
  • Wine Bar
  • Silent Auction 
  • Advocate in the Community Award 

This is a ticketed event and fundraiser to support the work of Ogden Pride.
Please purchase your tickets here.

After our Soirée, we host our 1st ever Homecoming Dance!
Doors at 8:30 pm
Open to All ages
$5 at the door, under 18 Free (free with Soirée ticket)
The Monarch
455 25th St, Ogden, UT 84401

August 2nd

Friday, we host our 2nd Annual Pride Rally
5:30 pm
Weber State Pond,
southwest of the administration building

Bring your friends, family, and neighbors as we remember the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. There will be an open mic form and we remind you this is a family-friendly peaceful event.

After the Rally, the Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah hosts their 3rd Annual Youth OUTreach Drag Show!
Doors: 7 pm Show 7:30 pm
Free for all ages, with donations benefiting the IRCONU OUTreach Fund
Weber State, Shepherd Union Building Ballroom
Youth, if you want to perform, email Maria; empress@irconu.org for more information.

August 3rd

We are bringing back our 5k Fun Run presented by Dominion Energy
7 am Registration
Big Dee Sports Park, Ogden UT

And Finally Wrapping up our wonderful week of events the Pride Festival!

Join us from Noon to 8 pm as we honor and celebrate Pride in Ogden Utah. We have an amazing lineup of entertainers, Fun activities in our Kids Zone, Amazing vendors, and Great Food for the Whole Family. As ALWAYS FREE FESTIVAL!

August 4th

Join QSaltLake Magazine, Club Try-Angles and the Matrons of Mayhem as they present Q Lagoon Day! Finish off a great Pride Week in Northern Utah where Fun Is! Check out details on the FB Event Page Here.


As you prep to make @yourogdenpride plans, be sure to check out all the details on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

OGDEN PRIDE LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER FOR FUTURE CENTER

OGDEN PRIDE LAUNCHES FUNDRAISER FOR FUTURE CENTER

Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Community

OGDEN, UT, November 2018 – We’re launching our largest fundraiser. With our recent future planning summit, the Board of Directors has identified many needs of the community of Ogden and surrounding areas. Those plans include work dedicated to opening a pride center to support the LGBTQ+ community in Northern Utah.

Ogden Pride celebrates and supports the LGBTQ+ community, individuals, their families, and allies in Northern Utah. In building and strengthening inclusive communities. We are committed to excellence in advocacy, educational programs, and services.

The Ogden Pride Center will strive to:

  • Provide a safe space to support and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community
  • Foster an environment for the LGBTQ+ community to gather in celebration and unity
  • Educate for a greater understanding of the issues and needs the LGBTQ+ community faces
  • Support programs and adopt resources that benefit the LGBTQ+ community

Provide – Foster – Educate – Support

Ogden Pride – Serving the LGBTQ+ community since 2014

Join us in support by making a donation today! Help us ‘raise the roof’ to an amazing future!




 

 

Stand Out, Speak Up

The theme of the 4th annual Ogden Pride Festival, which will be held on August 4th at the Ogden Amphitheater, is “Stand Out, Speak Up!”

Despite some civil rights victories in recent years, we are facing challenges in the current political climate as some in power try to displace us, disgrace us and erase us. We cannot sit quietly, we will not stand idly by as they try to take away our rights.

Remember, the “Gay Pride” movement began as a protest. It was a call for justice against discrimination and harassment. “Pride” doesn’t mean we are boasting about our sexual orientations or gender identities, as if they are some sort of personal achievement. By using the word “Pride” — which is the opposite of “shame” — we are announcing to the world that we are not ashamed. There is no shame in living our lives authentically, showing our true colors, being our true selves.

We believe that the Ogden Pride Festival has raised visibility, broken down walls and changed perceptions about the LGBTQ+ community in Northern Utah. The Ogden Pride Festival is a celebration of community — thousands of people come together to openly and freely express who we truly are. We get decked out in our rainbow gear, with flags-as-capes flapping behind us as we laugh, joke, dance … let our guard down — without being judged, without being bullied, without being afraid. For many of us, it’s the one day when we can hold our partner’s hand in public without looking over our shoulders. …

And so, we are encouraging everyone to let their voices be heard, to let their true selves shine out — without shame, without guilt, without apologies.

Please join us for the Ogden Pride Festival Weekend!

Ogden Pride & OUTreach Utah Announce Merger

Ogden Pride Inc. and OUTreach Utah are happy to announce their merger at a Launch Party on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018.

The public is invited to celebrate with these two LGBTQ organizations as they become one under the name of Ogden Pride. The event is free and appropriate for all ages. Live music and appetizers will be provided, and the theme of the 4th Annual Ogden Pride Festival will be revealed.

Ogden Pride is expanding its mission and vision with the merger. Exciting new programs and partnerships will be announced at the Launch Party.

The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd.

Programs previously administered by OUTreach Utah will now find a home under the Ogden Pride Inc. umbrella of services, events and celebrations of LGBTQ people in Northern Utah.

Since its beginning in 2005, Outreach Utah has been focused on helping youth. Its social support groups offer a safe place for youth to develop friendships, increase their self-efficacy and provide them with knowledge and skills needed to become self-sufficient, healthy LGBTQ and allied adults. Outreach also offers ally and advocate training to groups that work with and support youth.

Ogden Pride Inc. formed in 2014 with its prime focus on organizing an annual event to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other queer people living in Northern Utah. Since then, the Ogden Pride Festival has been held on the first Saturday of August and has grown in attendance and offerings each year. This year’s Ogden Pride Festival will be held at the Ogden Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 4.

For further information, please contact Ogden Pride Inc. President Tim Sharp at 385-205-9986 or tim.sharp@ogdenpride.org.

 

 

 

There’s No Place Like Home

This is a transcript of a speech given by Ogden Pride Board President Tim Sharp at the 2017 OUTreach Utah Soiree on Sept. 16.


Thank you! I am so honored to be here speaking to you. I want to thank OUTreach for asking me. And thank you so much for that warm welcome!

That’s the kind of reception that really makes one feel at home.

And Ogden is my “Home” – now — but I didn’t grow up here. In fact, the last place on Earth I ever expected to live was Utah.

But several years ago when my husband, then partner, the Rev. Gage Church, was investigating job prospects, he found a little church on a hill in Ogden, Utah, and wanted to check it out.

“Utah!?” I exclaimed.

Now, what I knew about Utah wasn’t much — It was mostly desert, the Great Salt Lake was there, the transcontinental railroad joined up there, and Mormons lived there. And about all I knew about them was they used to practice polygamy, they don’t drink coffee, and they really like green Jell-O.

But I also remembered that the LDS church pushed hard for the passage of Proposition 8, striking down marriage equality in California.

So, it was going to be a tough sell. … What kind of reception would this liberal, gay couple from the Midwest receive? … But I’m fair-minded. We came out for a visit, and we got an extravagant welcome! A guided tour of the area, lunch at Snowbasin, dinner at a really nice house up on the Bench. …

We immediately found a circle of friends who welcomed us with open arms and open minds, and who shattered stereotypes.

And here we are, almost 7 years later, and Utah — for now — is home.

Do you know when Ogden really started to feel like home to me? Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. Do you remember what was happening then?  Let me refresh your memory …

On the previous Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Utah’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Suddenly, the Gays could get married in Utah.

“Utah!?” everyone exclaimed.

On that Friday, Gage and I went to the county clerk’s office in case his services as an officiant were needed. But instead of happy fiancés, we were walking against the current as a sea of people — many in tears — flowed past us away from the county building. The clerk had closed the doors and said no marriage licenses would be issued until further notice.

So a disappointed crowd stood around wondering what would happen next. Would the state seek a stay? Would county clerks refuse to issue licenses until ordered to? Had our hopes been raised — only to be dashed to pieces?

I remember that a camera crew showed up, interviewed some people, and then pointed the camera in our direction. You see, Gage was wearing a bright rainbow stole. Great visual for TV! The reporter asked him some questions, and he managed to give them some decent sound bites. Then the news team moved on.

It was all a blur, really. A very emotional scene, thick with disappointment and disillusion but still, an essence of hope lingered. As I took it all in, I was moved by the moment, and I asked Gage to marry me. Luckily, after 20 years of being together, he said yes.

The county clerk opened for business on Monday morning. So around 5 a.m., we joined a long line of people at the county building. We learned that some of the couples around us had been hoping for this day for years. Some had only been together for a few months. We told them our story, and how Gage was going to perform marriage ceremonies later that day — just as soon as we were married.

Other couples soon asked Gage to marry them, and then it dawned on them that Gage needed to get married before them, so he could go through with the plan.

The next thing you know, someone grabbed us by the arms, escorted us up the stairs and placed us at the head of the line! The guy explained the situation to the first few people. I turned to the first couple.

“I’m really sorry … This wasn’t our idea …”

“No problem,” they said.

“How long have you been here?“

 “Since 10:30 last night.”

“No no no we can’t take your place” I protested.

“It’s okay!” they said. “You really do have to get married first so you can marry us!”

And so, Gage and I were the first same-sex couple to be married in Weber County!

NOW, I APOLOGIZE for making this speech so far all about me. There’s guy in Washington now who does that, and I shouldn’t invite the comparison.

But I wanted to paint a picture of that joyous day. The Hampton Inn opened a room for the ceremonies, and after our nuptials, Gage did turn around and perform marriage after marriage after marriage — and I signed several marriage certificates as a witness.

It was joyous chaos as couples and their entourages — friends, families, even a dog or two — filled the hotel’s meeting room, hallways and stairways. Other clergy were there, so there were popup weddings going on all over the place.

Some people came just to witness the events. One beautiful stranger brought boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts for the impromptu receptions. Every couple was cheered and applauded and congratulated. Lots of hugs, lot of tears.

This was our community coming together — gay, straight, bi, trans, it didn’t matter — we came together to share the joy and celebrate the momentous occasion. It was the fulfillment of a yearning — to feel accepted and to finally have our relationships recognized as equal to any other.

That was a good day. That’s when I felt that Ogden was “home.”

IT WAS IN THAT SPIRIT that a group gathered in 2014 to form Ogden Pride, Inc.

Inspired by OUTreach’s mission to serve LGBTQ youth, the group saw a need for a homegrown voice for all members of the LGBTQ community. The founders envisioned support groups, educational programming, ally training and other services. They also planned, of course, a community celebration.

Like our wedding day, our hometown Ogden Pride Festival is a joyous day of celebration. Attendance has grown from a few hundred people to around 3,000 in just three years.

Not only have we filled the Ogden Amphitheater, we have burst the seams and spread into the park beyond, with nearly 100 businesses and organizations offering their goods and services, eager to make a connection with our community. And we had about 25 sponsors whose generosity made it all possible.

Our festival tries to distinguish itself from other festivals by recognizing that Ogden’s strength is in our families. We are committed to creating a family-friendly atmosphere. We always have a Kids’ Zone, with arts & crafts, balloon animals and carnival games, and we have a popular pet parade & fashion show. We also encourage our entertainers to keep their performances PG-rated.

The point is to increase our visibility, because raising visibility breaks down walls. Just as meeting Utahns up close and personal changed Gage’s and my perceptions, we hope the festival changes perceptions about our community. We hope that the greater Ogden community sees that their LGBT neighbors are not some strange “Other” — we live and work and worship and study right beside them.

Most importantly, our festival shows our kids — and our adults — that they belong. They are part of a loving, accepting community.

You know, a Pride festival is often the ONLY day when we can openly and freely express who we truly are and whom we love. It is a day, for example, when a gay couple can hold each other’s hands in public without looking over their shoulders.

It warms my heart to see people at the festival running hand-in-hand with their capes — rainbow flags and trans flags — flapping behind them as they laugh, joke, dance, and have a great time. Being themselves, without being judged, without being bullied, without being afraid.

I’d like to share two messages we got on Facebook. Both from mothers, by the way …

Watching my 17-year-old trans son — who rarely shows any emotion — dancing with the drag queens and with other kids his age was one of the best parts of the day. Every day can be a fight for him. A day where he could be himself and let his guard down was amazing.

And this one:

My daughter & her girlfriend officially came out today!! Pride gave them both the courage & presented them with the realization that they are literally SURROUNDED by a community that loves and accepts them for who they are and who they love. Thank you for putting on this life-changing event!

That.

That is why we do what we do. It’s that freedom and courage that we want all of our kids, all of our friends to feel every day — not just during the Festival.

So, Utah is my home now, but I grew up in Kansas. I am truly a “friend of Dorothy.” (If you are too young to get that reference, ask someone my age to explain it to you.)

Not being from Utah, there are things I can never understand about growing up here. I don’t understand a society that puts home and family on a sacred pedestal but pulls them down and smashes them to bits if a child doesn’t fit the mold.

More than one-third of unaccompanied homeless youths in Utah are LGBT. Kids become homeless for many reasons, but a lot of them have been kicked out of their homes or have run away from an unacceptable situation. … Suicide ranks as the leading cause of death among people under 18.

There are no easy solutions, and state officials are at a loss, one even suggested that the high altitude is somehow affecting kids’ developing brains. So, it’s up to organizations like OUTreach, Youth Futures, Equality Utah and others to try to help our kids. So please continue to support them!

Here’s a thought – maybe it’s a little naïve, but if our Pride festival can show parents that it’s not the end of the world if their child is gay or lesbian or bi or trans, maybe we can help keep homes intact.

We all need support at home because we are under attack.

The current administration is trying to reverse many of our hard-won victories. So-called “religious freedom laws” that enshrine discrimination — You know, a law that would allow a baker to refuse to serve a gay couple based on religious beliefs would also allow an EMT to refuse to treat a gay accident victim. (It’s not about the cake.) … Banning trans people from serving in the military. … Arguing in court that we are not protected from job discrimination. These are just a few examples, and sadly, the list keeps growing.

How do we respond? Remember, the “Gay Pride” movement began as a protest. It was a call for justice against discrimination and harassment. Only after we began to make some progress did it turn into a celebration.

And what do we mean by “Pride”? It doesn’t mean we are boasting about our sexual orientations or gender identities, as if they are some sort of personal achievement. If they are, I want my trophy and tiara, please.

No, I think the word “Pride” was chosen by the gay rights movement because — what is the opposite of Pride? … Shame. We are announcing to the world that we are not ashamed of our orientations and identities. There is no shame in living our lives authentically, showing our true colors, being our true selves. No shame, no guilt, no apologies.

So, yes, we are facing some challenges. What we can do? Well, the theme of our festival this year was actually a call to action: “Rise Together With Pride.” Rise together and support one another, lean on one another. Rise together and with one voice tell our elected representatives that we will not sit quietly, we will not stand idly by as they try to take away our rights.

It is my hope that the Ogden Pride Festival continues to grow and continues to help people realize that they can feel that freedom beyond the amphitheater and they can live with that courage every day.

In the coming months, Ogden Pride and OUTreach are going to work more closely, collaborating on projects and events, combining our resources and hopefully making an even greater impact.

With our help — Ogden Pride and OUTreach and YOU — everyone should feel like they live in a community that welcomes them with open arms, accepts them just as they are, supports their decisions and aspirations, and loves them unconditionally. Like you are supposed to feel when you are Home.

As my friend Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”

SAGE

SAGE Utah focuses on meeting the needs and quality of life issues for LGBTQ adults as they age. The group, affiliated with the Utah Pride Center, is starting a group in Ogden. [Visit their website for more information.]

Meetings are from 1 to 3 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the Washington Terrace Senior Center, 4601 South 300 West, Washington Terrace.

Join Us for Support, friendship and camaraderie!

Gay Lagoon Day

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lagoon Amusement Park
375 N. Lagoon Drive, Farmington
QSaltLake Magazine once again presents Q Lagoon Day. Let’s celebrate and have a gay old time. Discount coupons, worth $9 off at the gate, are at Club Try-Angles, Off-Trax, Cahoots, Club Jam, Friar Tucks Barbershop, No Fills Diner in Ogden, City Limits in Provo and Charleys in Pocatello. Wear RED to stand OUT. For more info, check out the event’s Facebook page.

SF Gay Men’s Chorus

7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater
2250 Deer Valley Drive S, Park City
The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus — the first choral group to openly identify as LGBTQ — returns to Park City this summer for the Park City Institute’s St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Concert Series. Tickets available at the Park City’s Institute’s website.

Funk n’ Pride Extravaganza

Funk n’ Pride Extravaganza feat. DJ Linus Stubbs & DJ Kywizard

9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Funk n’ Dive Bar
2550 Washington Blvd., Ogden
The Official Ogden Pride Festival After Party! After a long day of festivities, stop by the Funk n’ Dive for a night of great music, awesome DJs and cold drinks.

Ogden Pride Festival

Ogden, Utah (March 19, 2017) — Ogden Pride’s volunteers and board of directors invite you to “Rise Together With PRIDE! at the 3rd annual Ogden Pride Festival, on August 5 at the Ogden Amphitheater on Historic 25th Street in downtown Ogden.

The Ogden Pride Festival honors all families by bringing together the Northern Utah community to celebrate our shared bonds of love and commitment. The annual Pride festivities are the result of many people coming together to support this community celebration.

Applications for sponsors, entertainers and exhibitors are now available online at ogdenpride.org. Those who are planning to participate in this year’s celebration are encouraged to submit applications early. Additional information about the various ways to participate is below.

Sponsors: With the support of sponsors, Ogden Pride is able to create an even better experience for the community while freeing up resources that can be given back to the community. Visit ogdenpride.org and click “Sponsors” for information.

Entertainers: Artists who perform on the stage help entertain Pride-goers. All sorts of entertainers are being sought for this year’s event. Visit ogdenpride.org and click “Entertainment.”

Exhibitors: A variety of organizations and businesses participate in the festival through an exhibitor booth. Those who wish to get the highest visibility spots are encouraged to apply early. Visit ogdenpride.org and click “Exhibitors.”

“The Ogden Pride Festival is getting bigger every year, and we are grateful to all of the people and organizations who participate and make it happen,” said Tim Sharp, Ogden Pride Board president. Additional information about Ogden Pride can be found at www.ogdenpride.org or by calling 801-917-4588.