Navigating both queer and religious identities can be difficult and painful for LGBTQ+ people. Oftentimes we are left having to choose one identity over the other or feeling like we need to abandon a part of ourselves to fit in with the other. Join for an open and meaningful conversation with activists and religious leaders in the local, national, and international communities to discuss handling nuanced intersectionality and trying to find healing with religion and spirituality. Whether you currently practice a religion, no longer identify with a faith, or are somewhere in the middle – all are welcome.
This will be a virtual event and attendees can submit questions in the registration link. There will also be a Q and A at the end.
Pritpal Bhullar is a father of two, poet, podcaster, ski-lover, and speaks French and German. He volunteers for Sarbat, Diversity Role Models and the Defence Sikh Network, and is passionate about raising the profile of LGBT+ issues within the Sikh community and in other communities.
The Reverend Holly Huff serves as a Deacon at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark. She is a native Utahn who has spent years on the East Coast. Before pursuing theological education, she completed an undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University in sociology and women’s studies. Holly graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity in 2019. While at YDS she also earned a Diploma of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the affiliated Episcopal seminary. She received the school’s 2019 Frederick Buechner Prize in creative nonfiction writing. Holly has worked as a hospital chaplain, most recently as a Resident Chaplain at St. Mark’s Hospital. Holly enjoys singing, doing puzzles, and getting out in the mountains with her dog, Macrina.
Blaire Ostler is a philosopher specializing in queer and Mormon studies, and is a leading voice at the intersection of queer, Mormon, and transhumanist thought. She is the author of “Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction.” She is also a board member and podcaster at Sunstone, and former CEO and board member at the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Blaire is also an artist and poet, and spends her spare time hiking, painting, writing, and bickering with her friends about almost any topic imaginable. Blaire lives in Florida with her husband and their three children.
Sapna Pandya grew up in Washington, DC but has always been in touch with her South Asian roots thanks to her parents, grandparents and dance gurus. Today, she is known for her efforts as a queer pandita serving the LGBTQ community, particularly South Asian and other AAPI communities. Sapna is also a powerful voice for DC’s immigrants, as she advocates for greater racial equity and strives to reshape conversations around how our cultural roots and inclusivity connect. She is the Founder and CEO of Chingaree Consulting LLC, a firm established to support the prevention of future harm to communities of color.
Paige Dennett is a senior at the University of Utah studying math, business economics, and music. She is passionate about serving her fellow members of the LGBTQIA+ community through encouraging meaningful representation and education. In particular, she strives to help those navigating the often difficult road of balancing religious belief and queer identity. When not focusing on her studies, Paige enjoys playing the saxophone and spoiling her cat Gizmo.
Joyce Lee is originally from the east coast, having grown up in northern VA most of her life. The eldest daughter of South Korean immigrants, she graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Social Entrepreneurship. During her undergraduate years she was heavily involved with the gender-inclusive service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and volunteered at many local Charlottesville organizations. Joyce now currently lives in Salt Lake City and works at the University of Utah’s Office of Admissions. She also serves on the events committee and is a team captain with Stonewall Sports, a non-profit LGBTQ+ sports league in SLC, and volunteers with Utah Arts Alliance. During her free time, you can find her dancing to BTS and Red Velvet, video chatting with her sisters, drinking boba tea, and playing tennis.
This event is part of Pride Week at the U (March 28 – April 1).
Pride Week at the U is an annual event honoring LGBTQIA+ histories, cultures, and lives! Join us for this week-long series of events to learn, celebrate, and be inspired. The 2022 Pride Week at the U theme is “Solidarity” and will highlight LGBTQIA+ movements and leaders who work in solidarity with multiple marginalized communities. This will include coalition with racial justice movements, defending trans communities under attack, protecting the sovereignty of indigenous nations, and building an LGBTQIA+ movement that works for the liberation of all people.