In the News

Browse the latest stories on Encircle from various local and national media outlets.


NBC Out: Former Mormon Opens Center for LGBTQ Teens, Families

Feb. 23, 2017
On a rainy night in 2014, former Brigham Young University student Jacob Dunford went for a jog on campus. Veering off onto an unlit, empty field, the closeted gay Mormon knelt down on the grass and cried. MORE 'Encircle' facility aims to help LGBT youths, families in Provo

Feb. 14, 2017
With concerns over higher-than-average suicide rates among LGBT youths in Utah, a new community project is hoping to not only save lives but to bring families back together. MORE

Daily Herald: Provo's Encircle LGBTQ Family and Youth Resource Center opens

Feb. 12, 2017
There were “no sides, only love” at Saturday’s ribbon-cutting for the Encircle LGBTQ Family and Youth Resource Center in Provo. MORE

Daily Herald: Encircle home in downtown Provo to bring services to LGBT youth and families

Dec. 24, 2016
The smell of cookies baking in the oven, the sound of laughter from friends and family, and the reassurance of having a place of belonging are the hallmarks of many Provo residences during the holiday season and throughout the year. MORE

Huffington Post: LGBT Center To Open Its Doors Across From Mormon Temple In Utah

Dec. 7, 2016
LGBT Mormons have long struggled to gain acceptance in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But a new, inclusive family and youth center opening in Provo, Utah hopes to offer the kind of sanctuary LGBT people have at times found lacking in their church. MORE

Salt Lake Tribune: Near Provo's Mormon temple, another kind of sanctuary – this one for the LGBT community

Nov. 27, 2016
The view from the arched, rainbow stained-glass window has been pretty much the same for more than a century: craggy mountains rising dramatically over Provo and the towering salmon-color sanctuary that long has been the heart of the city's Mormon faith. MORE

Daily Herald: Volunteers work on Encircle home renovations

Nov. 20, 2016

There were children playing and working on the Encircle home. Watching the families volunteer, and seeing the children pitch in on the Provo home’s renovation, was reassuring to Cameron Bridston as he scrubbed and sanded doors. MORE

NPR: LGBT Center Opens in Provo, Across from Mormon Temple

Nov. 13, 2016
The conservative Mormon town of Provo, Utah will soon open its first LGBT resource center. It stands directly across the street from a church temple. It's been a fraught year for relations between the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and LGBT people. MORE