Utah Pride Center
Rob Moolman Named Executive Director
Salt Lake City, UT – February 4th, 2018 – The Utah Pride Center is excited to announce the appointment of its new executive director, Rob Moolman. The selection was made after several months of extensive interviews and a comprehensive selection process by the nonprofit’s Board of Directors. Moolman will be replacing retiring executive director, Carol Gnade, who has held the position for two years and seven months.
“I’m very excited for Rob and where he will take the organization. When you lead an important organization like the Utah Pride Center, it’s hard to pass the torch until you find the perfect caretaker of the mission. The board definitely found that in Rob.” said Gnade.
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Opening in 1992 under the name of the Utah Stonewall Center, the Center acts as a central location for the LGBTQ+ community to come together to advocate for social change, a safe an inclusive environment, and the equal treatment of the LGBTQ+ community in Utah that had for years been living in fear of “coming out”.
When facing severe financial difficulties in the mid 1990’s, the community rallied behind the Center to raise funds for this vital organization. In 1997, the Center reopened as the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Utah. The new Center expanded its services, expanded its volunteer base, and started the annual Utah Pride Festival which takes place the first week of June. The Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Utah changed its name to the Utah Pride Center in 2006, to be inclusive to all people impacted by LGBTQ+ issues, and in 2013 moved it its current location in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City.
The organization prides itself on its abilities to bring people of differing opinions together for the betterment of the lives of individuals in the community. In 2015, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gave to the Utah Pride Center- its first ever donation to an LGBTQ+ advocacy group. The donation of an undisclosed amount goes toward getting those who are suffering from mental illness help, and feed hungry and homeless youth.
Jane and Tami Marquardt are proud members of the LGBTQ+ community and dedicated supporters of the Utah Pride Center. For more information on events, services, or resources provided by the Center, please visit www.utahpridecenter.org/.