- Rehab ConferenceThe Canyons Resort in Park City Thursday, January 29 – Saturday, January 31, 2015 The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is having their 29th Annual Update in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation conference Jan. 29-31 at The Canyons Resort in Park City. The conference offers exposure to the latest advances in the field of rehabilitation medicine […]
- Piano Winners of SummerArts with American West SymphonySaturday, January 31, 2015, 7:30 – 8:30pm Join American West Symphony and conductor Joel Rosenberg as they welcome winners of the SummerArts Concerto Competition. The program features concerto movements by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Grieg. Event Calendars: College of Fine Arts Event Categories: Music, U Arts Pass Campus Locations: Libby Gardner Concert Hall Ongoing Event: No Campus Wide Event: Yes Cost: General Admission […]
- Submissions to Ruborrubor.med.utah.edu Saturday, January 31, 2015, 11:55pm We are calling for submissions for the next issue of Rubor, the University Health Sciences Arts and Humanities Journal. If you like to write essays and poetry, create original artwork or take photographs, then consider submitting them for publication in Rubor. The aim of Rubor is to provide a […]
- Lecture & booksigning: Frank McEntire, editor "Final Light: The Life and Art of V. Douglas Snow" (U of U Press)Sunday, February 1, 2015, 3 – 4:30pm Event Calendars: Marriott Library Event Categories: Exhibitions, Lectures, Seminars, Workshops & Training Campus Locations: Marriott Library - J. Willard (M LIB) Room Name/Number: Gould Auditorium, level 1 Ongoing Event: No Campus Wide Event: Yes Cost: Free and open to the public Transportation / Parking: Park in the visitor parking lot, west of the library, next to the bookstore., […]
- Application Deadline for Fall 2015 SemesterSunday, February 1, 2015, 11:55pm Ongoing Event: No Campus Wide Event: Yes More info: miage.utah.edu…
The 2012 Utah Pride Festival flourished last weekend as the LGBT community and its allies came together to support individuality and civil rights.
The festival was stationed in Washington Square on Saturday and Sunday, along with the Grand Marshal Reception held at The Leonardo on Friday. The reception honored Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Black and kicked off the festival opening. The festival officially began Saturday morning with a charity 5K that raised money for the Utah Pride’s Student Scholarship Program. The day was filled with civil rights protesters from the Dyke March, Transgender March and interfaith walk that swept through downtown. The evening concluded with performances from Prince Poppycock, ROTCSLC and many others.
Sunday began with the annual PRIDE Parade, starting off with The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints members that support LGBT equality. Their float contained about 100 people and was cheered on by the excited audience.
“I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” said Seth Anderson, a festival attendee. “It was really well received and kind of moving for a lot of people.”
Thousands of festival-goers individually showed their pride through costumes, drag and political signs that spoke out for pride in oneself and equality for all.
“Pride is all about just loving who you are,” said Zack Hasychak, the membership outreach manager for Human Rights Campaign.
“For me, pride is all about visibility and community,” said Brandie Balkin, Equality Utah’s executive director.
A parade participant adorned in drag who went by the name of Petunia Papsmear said, “Pride means self-awareness, self-confidence and not accepting the shame people try to heap upon me.”
Although the definitions and faces of pride varied throughout the festival, everyone stood to support LGBT causes — except for one man. One protester stood outside the northeast entrance to the festival. Five cops stood behind him to keep the peace as angry festival-goers surrounded the man, arguing and cheering against him.
Utah’s Pride Festival is held as one of the premier pride festivals in the country. Not only does the parade keep growing in numbers, — more than 20,000 attendees were counted last year — but it also represents two dichotomies coming together.
“When you live in a state like Utah where it’s so conservative and there are so many anti-gay people, this is the one weekend a year where people can be themselves,” Hasychak said.
Utah’s Pride Festival began as a small gathering in 1983 and is now headed by the Utah Pride Center, supporting thousands who attend the event who come from all over the world.
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