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Moab gears up for first gay pride march Saturday

Moab gears up for first gay pride march Saturday

By Lynn Debruin, Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 29, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.



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MOAB -- A gay pride march in conservative southern Utah is so unlikely that the idea actually started as a joke.

But Amy Stocks says she remembers how isolated she felt as a lesbian teen in Moab in the mid-1990s and figured it was about time.

Stocks got positive feedback when she posted a satirical video on Facebook showing a small town throwing a pride festival for its only gay resident.

The encouragement led Stocks to coordinate Moab's first gay pride march.

The co-founder of Saturday's event says the goal is to reach youth in the community who feel they have nowhere to turn.

Organizers say they hope other small towns follow suit.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Associated Press writer Josh Loftin contributed to this report from Moab, Utah.

Lynn Debruin

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