In an historic show of common purpose and unity, continuing a civil and respectful dialog between the LGBTQ Community and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Church has, for the first time, made a contribution to a Utah Pride Center program. The contribution will be used by the Pride Center for its homeless and low-income youth program.
The grant letter from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints states, “We are grateful to be able to serve your efforts in this worthy project and appreciate the work that you and others are doing related to this initiative."
Of the grant, Utah Pride Center Board President Kent Frogley says, “The Utah Pride Center is grateful for the for the church’s help in our efforts to provide food for those in our community who are in need. We are grateful for their generosity and the emerging relationship with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We know that this contribution marks a significant moment in the LDS/LGBTQ relationship.”
Utah State Senator Jim Dabakis said, "I am grateful to the LDS Church for their generosity and for their show of support for the Pride Center outreach to homeless youth. This feels right. Although the LDS Church and the LGBTQ Community do not agree on everything, this is yet another link in a continuing relationship of respect and civility. Who could have imagined such a warm and growing friendship even a few years ago?"
The Utah Pride Center is a community-based nonprofit corporation, founded in 1992, whose mission is to provide support, education, outreach, and advocacy for Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals and their allies through programs, services, and resources.