Provo Prides Comes Out for First Ever Event Saturday

One of the most conservative cities in Utah will host a LGBTQ Festival. Provo Pride kicks off Saturday in it’s first-ever event.
PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH) - One of the most conservative cities in Utah will host a LGBTQ Festival. Provo Pride kicks off Saturday in it’s first-ever event.

Different groups have tried but failed to bring a pride celebration to Provo. But this year, it’s happening. And organizers say its one big step in acceptance. Salt Lake’s Pride Fest raves about increasing numbers each year. For the first time, Provo Pride comes out and celebrates.

“We actually have a large amount of LGBTQ families here in Utah County,” said Festival Organizer Katina Phillpotts.

It’s an event featuring games, music, and vendors much like at other festivals. The only difference is that this group of people will celebrated in a very conservative city.

“There have actually been various groups that have talked about doing it before and for whatever reason it just didn't get off the ground before. This year, something worked, something clicked, people were ready,” said Phillpotts.

Perhaps it’s the trend we’re seeing nationwide. 13 states legalized gay marriage and more celebrities and politicians are no voicing their support.

“Down in Provo it means a lot. There's going to be that young girl struggling with her sexual orientation maybe she might be trans, she might be thinking of that and struggling with her gender identity,” said Utah Pride Events Director Megan Risbon.

But this bold move doesn’t come without some pushback.

“On social media more than anything else. I think it's a little bit safer to be confrontational, not really in person,” said Risbon.

“Open up their hearts and become more accepting and really figure out what makes them {LGBTQ} who they are,” Phillpotts.

The Provo Pride is Saturday from 10am-2pm in the afternoon at Memorial Park. Organizers hope people outside of the LGBTQ community come out and ask questions and celebrate with them.
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