Moab Pride Festival is creating queer visibility while providing accessible LGBTQIA programming and safe spaces for the community. Accessible LGBTQIA programming means creating awareness, dialogue, safe spaces and visibility through art, workshops, and celebrations that are inclusive for all ages. All funds raised go towards supporting Moab Pride programming, Rainbow Clubs in our public schools, as well as LGBTQIA programming during the year in Moab.
Studies have shown that in the last year, hate crimes have been on the rise. It is now more important than ever to visibly celebrate love. We must make it clear that we are queer and we are here the best way we know how: with poetry, music, dance, art, and community. Moab Pride aims to support the local LGBTQIA community by creating inclusive, interactive environments for all ages and identities.
We envision Moab Pride Festival 2019 to be an event that engenders open communication, education, visibility, and safe spaces to meet, create, and be authentic. ART- visual, verbal, musical, dance, to name a few- is the catalyst by which we will create the community building dialogue and LGBTQIA spaces. The weekend will include workshops on poetry, ally-ship, dance, and queerstory (illuminating the queerdos written out of typical history books), given by the artists and the organizers. You will see a list of events to be held Friday, September 27th through Saturday, September 28th; workshops, poetry, dance parties, and more, including Spit Love: A Queer Poetry Slam lifts stories of queer experience through poetry. Last year it was a huge success, with numerous high school students in attendance; it sparked conversations about gender and support systems. The Moth Closet: Amateur Drag Night will consist of amateur performers exploring the gender spectrum together on stage. We want to build accessible queer safe spaces that foster relationships and tolerance outside of Pride weekend.
During last year’s Festival and Pride events, we emphasized the importance of engaging with youth in our community. We have remained committed to that vision, providing support and empowerment to LGBTQ youth in our community through mentoring, creative activities, and inclusive community events, including the following:
Members of Moab Pride facilitated the Rainbow Club, a BEACON after school club, at Grand County Middle School and High School during the 2017-2018 school year, with weekly activities and steady attendance to support LGBTQ youth. Activities included field trips to Mill Creek and Lions Park, talent shows, baking at the Youth Garden Project, and many opportunities for creative, artistic expression.
The Moab Pride Steering Committee conducted a weekend retreat in March 2018 at Goblin Valley State Park. We focused on creating an organizational model grounded in a committee structure that will facilitate sustainable organizing into the future. We discussed our mission, values, and long-terms goals and improved the clarity and focus of our organization.
In April 2018, Moab Pride sponsored Rainy Daze, an all-ages dance party, at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center (MARC). Several students from the middle and high school Rainbow Club/GSA performed through song and dance. Families with toddlers and community members into their 60s attended the event and continued dancing after the performances. Rainy Daze cultivated a genuinely inclusive, accepting community space for people of all ages and identities.
Summer 2018 has featured monthly, family-friendly activities and events. We hosted a successful Community Potluck BBQ on June 25th at Rotary Park, a Summer Bake Sale Fundraiser on July 13th at Swanny Park, and an all-ages Summer Skies back to school dance party on August 10th at the MARC’s outdoor patio space.