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Tim Cook, Dwyane Wade, & Others Celebrate Utah LGBTQ+ Youth Nonprofit

Author: Alex Cooper

Apple CEO Tim Cook, NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, and Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds gathered with Utah leaders on Wednesday to announce that a Salt Lake City-based LGBTQ+ youth organization had completed its fundraising campaign to build new homes to assist LGBTQ+ youth across the U.S. West.

The nonprofit, Encircle, provides mental health services for LGBTQ+ young people. It surpassed its funding goal of $8 million that is going to go toward building several homes that will act as safe spaces for queer youth in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah, according to the Associated Press.

Fundraising began in February with donations from Apple and Utah Jazz owners Ryan and Ashley Smith.

“Encircle’s mission is very personal to me because I see myself in so many of these young people,” Cook told reporters at a press briefing Wednesday. “It’s not easy when you’re made to feel different or less than because of who you are or who you love. It’s a feeling that so many LGBTQ people know far too well.”

Utah’s Gov. Spencer Cox also noted Encircle’s impact in local communities. “What Encircle has done is provided that piece of acceptance, even if — especially if — there is no acceptance anywhere else,” Cox said. “There is a place where they can go where they can feel loved.”

Wade, who became part of the Utah Jazz ownership earlier this year, spoke about his experience raising a

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Alex Cooper

My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 10 years, together for 24 and living with our partner of 1.5 years, in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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