Under the Umbrella generates income primarily from book sales, which covers only a portion of our costs. To be a sustainable, permanent presence for the queer community in Salt Lake City, we need your help. Here are a few of the programs that your donations will go toward.
LGBTQ Books to Prisoners
Incarcerated queer folks are an integral part of our community! Unfortunately, many prisons make it difficult for incarcerated people to receive books. We work with the University of Utah Prison Education Projects to get LGBTQIA+ books to incarcerated folks in Utah Prisons. We are also working on a program to get queer books to queer incarcerated people in Utah.
Pen Pal Program
We have partnered with Black & Pink to create a pen pal program with incarcerated queer folks in Utah. Communicating with individuals in prison can be difficult--the prison system is intentionally set up with barriers to keep communication difficult. We provide all the resources you need to write a letter of support to an incarcerated queer person in Utah.
Little Free Library
The store houses a free queer little library for community members. That means that anyone can come and take a queer book for free. We encourage people to bring them back to share with others, but they may also keep the book for themselves. Community members can donate queer books directly to the library or donate to the store to help us stock it.
The store also houses a small gender-affirming closet. New and lightly used clothing items can be donated to the store's closet, and the store purchases some items to offer as well.
Under the Umbrella offers various resources for free to the community, including condoms, narcan, and fentanyl test strips.
Little Free Pantry
We also house and stock a small community pantry. Community members can donate to and take from the pantry, no questions asked.
Under the Umbrella serves as a performance venue for local and emerging artists.
As a home base for many in-person community events, we provide space for engagement--mostly for free.