SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Utah Pride Center is launching a new awareness campaign Tuesday morning. The campaign is meant to show solidarity and unity for Utah’s LGBTQ community and address the problems those in the community face.
The “We See You and We Love You,” campaign will be announced at a press conference Tuesday morning at the Utah Pride Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The campaign was created in response to the recent political and social events that have recently taken place and the impact they have on the LGBTQ community.
November marks the one year anniversary of the doctrine put out by the Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints addressing the issue of children of same-sex couples. The doctrine states those children of same-sex parents were ineligible for baptisms, blessings, priesthood ordinations, and consideration for missionary work until they met certain requirements. Critics of the doctrine said it would lead to those children having to disavow this parents.
In addition, the recent election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States has struck fear within some in the LGBTQ community. In a recent ’60 Minutes’ interview the president-elect has said same-sex marriage is an issue that is “settled” by the Supreme Court.
On Black Friday, November 25th, the Utah Pride Center will have volunteers distribute 25,000 wristbands throughout the state of Utah. They’ll be handing out those wristbands to all Utah citizens, especially those within the Mormon faith, to encourage them to wear the wristbands to signify that they are a safe, affirming, ally and supporter of those in the LGBTQ community.
The wristbands will also include an information card detailing ways to help anyone who may be struggling with their identity. The card will also include the number for the suicide-prevention hotline.
Representative from the VOA-Youth Resource Center and Mama Dragon’s will be joining the Pride Center Tuesday morning to launch the campaign and show their support.
The wristbands will be free and available for anyone at the Utah Pride Center and any distribution center throughout the state. Along with a call to show unity and solidarity the campaign also hopes to encourage charity to secure funds for future efforts by the Utah Pride Center.