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Founded2016; 5 years ago (2016)[1]
FoundersStephenie Larsen
HeadquartersProvo, Utah

Encircle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support and counselling for LGBTQ+ students and their families at multiple locations in Utah.[1][2][3]


Encircle was founded in 2016 by Stephanie Larsen.[1] It was set up to help LGBTQ+ youth survive homophobia in the predominantly Mormon communities of Utah,[4][5][6][7] and to help Mormons to become more accepting of LGBTQ+ people.[4][8]

It opened to clients in Provo in February 2017,[4] expanding to Salt Lake City in January 2018.[1] In February 2019 it moved its Salt Lake City center to a larger site.[9] It opened a location in St. George in October 2020,[10][11][12] and as of January 2021 was readying a location in Heber.[2][5] By June 2020, Encircle had more than 900 monthly clients.[13]

In February 2021, Tim Cook, Ryan Smith, and Dan Reynolds announced they were donating a combined US$4 million to Encircle to open new locations in Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Utah.[14]

Relationship with Flourish[edit]

In June 2019, Encircle cancelled its relationship with Flourish, a for-profit organization that had provided Encircle's therapy services.[15] The change disrupted patient care, but Encircle said the change was necessary to protect Encircle's non-profit status.[15] Some patients left Encircle in order to continue seeing their existing therapists from Flourish, prompting Flourish to investigate converting to nonprofit status to make the therapy affordable.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d Knowles, Hannah; Hatch, Heidi (2018-01-26). "Encircle LGBTQ family and youth center opening in Salt Lake City". KUTV. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  2. ^ a b "LGBTQ center to open in Utah town embroiled in rainbow flag controversy". NBC News. 2021-01-12. Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  3. ^ Jensen, Maren (2018-04-09). "Web Exclusive: Stephenie Larsen on how Encircle helps families". KUTV. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  4. ^ a b c Smith, Catharine (2017-10-18). "Why This Mormon Mom Opened An LGBTQ House A Block Away From A Church Temple". HuffPost. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  5. ^ a b Higgins, Sean (2020-12-04). "Encircle LGBTQ Nonprofit to Open Fourth Home in Heber Following Street Banner Controversy". KPCW. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  6. ^ "Stephenie Larsen | Appomattox Project | 11.7.18 | Center for the Study of Ethics". www.uvu.edu.
  7. ^ "Encircle art benefit supports LGBTQ youth". The Daily Universe. 2019-01-21. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  8. ^ "Encircle opens third location - St. George, Utah". QSaltLake Magazine. 2020-10-22. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  9. ^ "Encircle opens LGBT resource center in Salt Lake City". The Daily Universe. 2019-02-10. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  10. ^ "LGBTQ Resource Center 'Encircle' Opens Third Location In Utah". KUER. 2020-10-16. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  11. ^ Bancroft, Kaitlyn. "'No sides, only love': LGBTQ+ youth resource center Encircle opens St. George location". The Spectrum.
  12. ^ "'No sides, only love'; Encircle opens LGBTQ resource center in St. George". St George News – Southern Utah's Premier Free Local News. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  13. ^ Herald, Genelle Pugmire Daily (2021-01-12). "Encircle puts up billboards in response to Utah County LGBTQ incident". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  14. ^ Olson, Cathy Applefeld (25 February 2021). "Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds Joins Apple CEO Tim Cook And Utah Jazz Owner Ryan Smith To Support LGBTQ+ Youth". Forbes. Archived from the original on 25 February 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2021.
  15. ^ a b c "As LGBTQ group Encircle parts ways with its therapy partner, counselors worry about their young patients". The Salt Lake Tribune. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2021-01-13.

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