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‘Expressions Of Pride’ Art Exhibit
August 16 @ 6:00 pm - September 19 @ 9:00 pmFree
Expressions of Pride
Healing through Connection
This show represents the power communities hold in the healing process for those who have been hurt, rejected, and marginalized because of identifying as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. When not supported by family, friends, or the community at large, members of the LGBTQ+ population are at a higher risk of self harm, homelessness, and lower quality of life. According to the Outreach Resource Center (in SLC), more than 50% of the homeless youth they serve are LGBTQ+, compared to the national estimate of 20% to 40%. Additionally, LGBTQ+ youth comtemplate suicide almost 3 times the rate of heterosexual youth and are also 5 times as likely to have attempted suicide. However, a study by JAMA Pediatrics revealed that states with LGBTQ+ inclusive laws and policies saw a reduction in LGBTQ+ youth suicide attempts. Because of these consequences, it is vital we examine our role as individuals, family, friends, and organizations in making sure our communities are places of inclusion, safety, refuge, and hope instead of fear, isolation, rejection, and pain.
DRAW Inc, The Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts, and Encircle have partnered to present a series of pieces that explore our varying identities and healing through connection with self, others, and community. Through celebrating works created by LGBTQ+ artists and allies, we hope to strengthen our community’s commitment to serving programs that support our LGBTQ+ population here in Salt Lake. As you look at the work in the gallery, we invite you to reflect on the following statements and questions and how they apply to each piece, and in return, how they apply to your life:
We have the power to piece our communities, friends, and families back together when we choose to support them.
What helps me feel rooted? Loved? Supported? Connected with myself? Connected with others? Connected with my community? How can I help others achieve the same feeling?
How can I create networks of care in my community? How can my connections (friends, family, programs, etc.) help others?
GSA Network: how to start a Gay-Staight Alliance
GLSEN: Resources for LGBTQ+ students
SAGE: Service and Advocacy for LGBTQ+ Elders
TEA of Utah: Transgender Educational Advocates
The Trevor Project
The Utah Pride Center