Unitarian Universalists to Host Prom for BGLT Community
On Friday, June 26th, 10 p.m. - midnight in the Marriott Hotel Grand Ballroom (75 South West Temple) in Salt Lake City, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will host “A Prom for All.” The dance, which will take place the same weekend as the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, is a welcoming event open to the local bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender (BGLT) community of Utah. Attendees are invited to come alone, with a date, or in a group of friends. Dress may be formal, casual, or anywhere in between. Music will be provided by DJ Pauly and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Tickets are available for free from the Utah Pride Center and from the following Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations: Cache Valley UUs in Logan, First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City, South Valley UU Society in Salt Lake City, and UU Church of Ogden. Questions about tickets can be sent to Keith Kron (kkron [at] uua [dot] org), Director of the UUA Office of BGLT Concerns.
“We are pleased to host a prom where all people—including those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual, and transgender—can celebrate their lives as whole human beings,” says Kron. “Our religious tradition values diversity and wholeness.”
The dance coincides with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly (GA), taking place June 24-28, 2009, in Salt Lake City. A liberal religious association of over 1,000 congregations, the UUA has been a longstanding supporter of BGLT rights and marriage equality. The UUA hosted a similar dance the last time GA was held in Salt Lake City, in 1999.
The prom is open to all ages, and Unitarian Universalist teenagers have played an important role in organizing the dance. GA Youth Caucus leader Will Delphia explains that “the Unitarian Universalist youth movement is proud to collaborate on this event in support of radical inclusion, queer rights, and an end to oppression.” Joe Gayeski, the GA Youth Caucus’s special events coordinator adds, “We're all thrilled to invite the Salt Lake City BGLT community to party with us.”
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