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Activists kick off Utah Pride Festival

Posted - Jun. 5, 2010 at 8:03 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY -- Hundreds of people marched to City Creek Park Saturday to kick off the annual Utah Pride Festival.

Utah's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community met at different locations across the city, including the State Capitol, to march to the park.

Many people waved rainbow flags, while all the marchers called for equality.

"Gay rights are the one issue in America where there's still inequality," says activist Ali Yost. "I think it's really important that as many people as possible show up to show that this is an issue people care about and there are people who get behind it."

The Pride Festival continues with an event Saturday night at Washington Square in Salt Lake City.

The Gay Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday at 10 a.m. It will follow a familiar route, starting at 300 South State, going east on 100 South to 200 East, then south to 300 South.

The parade has grown each year to include more family members and friends of the LGBTQ community.

The motto of Utah Pride 2010 is "Our History, Our Future." Members are looking back 40 years to the Stonewall riots against a police raid on a bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. For the first time, the homosexual community fought back.

They say it was a beginning of the gay rights movement.

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