Event organizers say this year’s celebration has made history. From the state’s boy scouts to
"I grew up in
Westergard’s comments may sound surprising, but the man is not alone in his observation.
"I know a lot of the state is conservative, and that's what
Around 10,000 Utahns—young and old—celebrated all forms of love this weekend at the community’s annual festival.
"We have lots of friends who have a wife and a wife, or husband and a husband,” said Rose Morris, who took her children to the big parade Sunday morning.
For the first time ever, a duly constituted color guard with uniformed boy scouts carried a rainbow flag.
"Being gay in the [Boy Scouts of America] is dangerous—today it is. The policies are confusing,” said Geoffrey McGrath, a banned scoutmaster.
McGrath invited all
"It is a very special year for us this year," said Steven Ha, the Executive Director of Utah Pride.
More than 450 people marched in support of Mormons Building Bridges, an organization dedicated to showing love for the LGBT community.
"With the younger generation of conservatives—and even Mormons—they're shifting views," said Hyde.
Some say it is only a matter of time before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals rules in favor of
"It’s a waste of time. It's going to happen,” said Kiesha Jones, a gay-rights activist.
Not everyone agreed with the festival's general message, but everyone was certainly invited.
"You have straight people here, you have LGBT community representatives here. You have the diversity of our community, which is the richness of