Utah celebrates National Coming Out Day with Pride rally on Main Street

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Vehicles drove a stretch of Main Street on Sunday to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The event was part of the second annual Utah Pride Road rally and is a partnership between the Utah Pride Center and Young Automotive Group.

“The Pride Road Rally is an opportunity to show our love and support and tell the community at large that we exist, that we are here and that we are proud of who we are,” said Jonathan Foulk, CEO by Acting of the Utah Pride Center.

The idea for the Pride Road Rally began last year when COVID-19 forced the Utah Pride Center to cancel the annual Pride Festival and Parade. After witnessing the good turnout for the road rally in 2020, the Utah Pride Center has planned another rally this year.

This year’s rally featured cars and other vehicles with messages of positivity while displaying lots of color. There was also no shortage of unicorns on display atop the cars.

Chris Wharton, an attorney representing Salt Lake City City Council for the Third District, also attended the event in his blue Pontiac. Sponsors and organizations like Equality Utah had booths at the rally. Attendants stood behind barricades and waved rainbow flags in support of the LGBTQ + community.

Some may wonder if the traditional pride parade will ever return and Foulk says that at that point the traditional pride festival with stalls and a parade will return next year.

“We expect full pride [festival] next year, ”said Stacey Jackson Roberts, CEO of the Utah Pride Center.

The road rally event will be evaluated to see if it is repeated later.

“Given the pandemic, various factors at play will determine whether this is possible, but we currently plan to have complete pride next year,” said Roberts.

Although the rally is an outdoor event, precautions were taken to protect people from COVID-19 infections. Roberts said all attendees should be vaccinated and attendees should wear a mask if engaging with the public.

The event also served as a fundraiser to fund services at the Utah Pride Center, including mental health and wellness services, education and training, safe community space, suicide prevention resources, and programs for the elderly, among others.

“At the Utah Pride Center, we work to protect and raise the voices of the LGBTQ + community in Utah. We hope our rescue work resonates louder for members of our community, ”said Foulk.

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