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Pride 2011

Tens of thousands line Salt Lake City streets for Utah’s biggest ever gay pride

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Tens of thousands lined the streets in downtown Salt Lake City this weekend to celebrate Utah’s biggest-ever gay pride festival.

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Roseanne Barr, a Salt Lake City native, served as grand marshal of this year's parade


The party atmosphere Sunday essentially turned the parade route into a giant block party.

And aside from the handful of protesters holding anti-gay signs on one street corner, the two-hour parade was filled with cheering, dancing and people wearing just about anything and everything — and sometimes next to nothing. [...]

Drag queens marched along city streets in high heels, rode bicycles and waved from the back of trucks. The Dykes on Bikes motorcycle club roared along the parade route. Men in Speedos and women in bikinis danced to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

And there were lots and lots of rainbow flags — including one that stretched an entire city block.

“We’ve been consistently breaking records this entire festival,” said Marina Gomberg, spokeswoman for the Utah Pride Center.

This year’s 100-entry event — now ranked among the top two parades in the state in terms of size — seemed to signal that the LGBT community has become more mainstream and that businesses and politicians recognize its clout.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon were among the elected officials with parade entries.

“My hope is that as we enjoy the celebration this weekend, we can remember to always respect the diversity we have in our community, in our society and in our world,” said Becker at a Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition service on Saturday.

“Salt Lake City is changing,” said one resident. “It’s nice to see people accepting each other for who they are.”

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10 more reader comments:

  1. I knew those mormons had the numbers!

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:13pm
  2. yay

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:13pm
  3. sweet :)

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:16pm
  4. That is so awesome… So happy for all of you.oxoxoxxos

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:19pm
  5. i still find it funny that mormon definition of marriage is a man and SEVERAL women…thats way more immoral

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:19pm
  6. SLC needs more advocates for Human Rights. But then, so does the rest of he world. I give kudos and much admiration to the folks that participated. IT GETS BETTER!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:20pm
  7. LOVE IT!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 6:38pm
  8. I participated in the Parade and the festival this year. It was really moving to see so many people out to support human rights. Salt Lake City is definitely changing, and it is in our life time that we will see National Equality. Even if Utah is the last state, we will see it. But gathering on what has been going on this weekend, I think Utah will have a bright future for EVERYONE.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 7:23pm
  9. I’m in the middle of watching ‘Sister Wives’ on TLC as I post. They had a block party after their move to Los Vegas at one of the wives’ homes recently.
    One of the things they stressed is that in such a far more diverse community, they hoped that they will find less judgement of their lifestyle and be able to teach their children in a practical manner to not judge others.
    Personally, I joined LGBTQ because your organization and others like it also support those of us who are longterm celebate and/or asexual.
    I don’t think any sexual or marital preference is any more or less moral than any other — with the only exception being pedophilia because a child is not able to give informed consent.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:48pm
  10. It’s working folks, we’re slowly but surely getting there.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:53pm