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A.P.E.X. Events Presents Encircle, LGTBQ+ Resource Center

Published: February 03, 2020 | Category: Special Events

APEX Events - EncircleA.P.E.X. Events is proud to continue our spring season by bringing to the stage, Encircle. Join A.P.E.X. Events on February 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Hall on the campus of Southern Utah University. 

Encircle is a Family and Youth Resource Center for LGBTQ+ individuals that offers support and resources. Encircle seeks to deepen and enrich the conversation among communities of faith and LGBTQ+ people. By teaching individuals to love themselves and empowering families, Encircle helps cultivate an environment where LGBTQ+ individuals can thrive. Their programs and services meet people wherever they are in their lives with cultural competency and sensitivity, using community partnerships, best practices, and innovative techniques.

"It is an honor to continue our tradition around Valentines’ Day to spotlight one of the Utah organizations that serves our queer friends and families,” said Dr. Lynn Vartan, director of A.P.E.X. Events. “I am excited to learn more about the resources that Encircle offers and continue our sharing as allies with each other!”

Encircle, a nonprofit organization, was established in 2016 and opened its first center in downtown Provo with the mission to "empower families to sustain the circle of their love, enabling each member to thrive." Encircle is now based in a house near the University of Utah and the Trolley Square Trax station that has become a great and safe place where LGBT+ individuals can find understanding, information, and support within their families and communities. Encircle offers services to LGBTQ youth, their families and the community— providing a loving space to gather, find support and create meaningful friendships. Encircle also strives to address the loneliness and high rates of suicide experienced among Utah’s sexual and gender minority youth and young adults. Utah continues to have one of the highest suicide rates in the country, with suicide being the leading cause of death for young people in Utah and LGBTQ youth who are three times more likely to commit suicide than their "heterosexual" peers. Encircle stands as a beacon of hope where LGBT+ individuals can find understanding, information, and support within their families and communities. 

A.P.E.X. Events is SUU’s premier weekly lecture series, with speakers and presenters invited from all areas of the world. Attendees to our events are students, faculty, staff and community members, and the series features a diverse range of topics and disciplines.


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Contact Information:

Dr. Lynn Vartan
vartan@suu.edu