Pride Story Garden opens at City-County Building
SALT LAKE CITY– There won’t be a Pride Parade in downtown Salt Lake City this year because of concerns over spreading COVID-19. But the Utah Pride Center opened the Pride Story Garden at the Salt Lake City-County building on Thursday morning for those who would like to hear the stories of Utah’s LGBTQ+ communities.
Utah Pride Center Executive Director Rob Moolman opened the garden with what might have been a toast.
“And I would say to our queer, our trans, our non-binary, our intersex community, I would ask you all to raise a glass. If you are wrong in all of the right ways, all the underdogs, we will never be anything but loud and proud,” he said.
The 20 sections of the garden range from the history of Utah’s LGBTQ+ communities to a Studio 54 dance party to a tributes-and-memorials section.
Moolman told KSL-TV the garden tells many important stories. “It helps all of Utah be educated about the history, look at where we’re going, connect with the resources, the amazing community resources that are out there.”
The opening delighted longtime activist Nikki Boyer.
“I’ve seen so many changes over the last 50 some-odd years that I’ve been active,” she told KSL-TV. “From being afraid to walk down the street to this — being able to be out, to be free, to be ourselves, to be authentic.”
The Pride Story Garden is a fundraising effort by the Utah Pride Center. Adult tickets are $20 and visitors can reserve a time when they buy their tickets.
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