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The Time has arrived, orders are now open for our new literary journal Enheduanna! Get a copy today for just $14.99 and $3.99 shipping! Will be printed After October 31.

The inaugural issue of the new journal published by the Salt Lake Pagan Society, Enheduanna contains 28 authors from many Pagan traditions living across the world. 116 pages of content, with poetry, book reviews, short stories, essays, and memoirs, volume 1 is packed full of spectacular new content from brilliant writers. The highlight of the journal is the first part in a five part series of the memoir of a gay activist fae who was at the 20th anniversary of the the Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1989.

Featuring famous Pagan authors: Druid Philip Carr-Gomm, head of OBOD; Druid Ellen Evert Hopman, co-founder of the Order of WhiteOak; and author Raven Digitalis, co-founder of Opus Aima Obscuræ (OAO)

You can order the journal on our publications page

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The 6th annual Moab Pride festival took place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Multicultural Center in Moab, UT. SLPS attended the 2015 festival and enjoyed Moab, so we decided to go back to support the community. Breakfast was at the Moab Dinner. This year’s festival was smaller, later in the day, with fewer visitors and participants. The festival still enjoyed large crowds, entertainment, and good food. SLPS did about 20 tarot and palm readings, receiving the blessings of Perun who stood quietly by on his altar. A cemetery set up for day of the dead had names of the Orlando victims, murdered LGBT citizens, and others who have passed on, evoking education about the gay bashings, youth suicide, trans murders, and the shootings in Florida.

Sunday afternoon allowed the SLPS to return to Love Muffin Cafe for breakfast before site seeing. After breakfast, SLPS visited some of the beautiful areas surrounding Moab- The Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park! Canyonlands is full of canyons carved by water and the weather over many eons. Pinyon Pine trees sit in view, shedding their nuts every fall among red rock and millions of years of geology. What magnificent landscapes Utah has in its deserts!

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Moab Pride 2016, April Love and Ashton Longhurst (r), Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, breakfast at Moab Diner, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, festival entrance, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, SLPS booth, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab U

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Moab Pride 2016, altar to Perun with mushrooms and axe, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, vendors, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, pride parade, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, parade flag, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Daniel Cureton, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, karate drum performers, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Miss New Mexico performing, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, LGBT history panels, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, funerals for Orlando shooting victims and dead LGBT citizens, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, after Pride dinner at Fiesta Mexicana, l to r: Daniel Cureton, April Love, Ashtong Longhurst, Saturday, October 1, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, breakfast at Love Muffin Cafe, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, April Love, Colorado River, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Colorado River, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, open range on the way to Canyonlands National Park, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Island in the Sky, L to r: April Love, Ashton Longhurst, Daniel Cureton, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Island in the Sky, Saturday, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Pinyon Pine Tree, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Pinyon Pine nuts, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Daniel Cureton, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, April Love and Ashton Longhurt (r) walking in Canyonlands National Park, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Cayonlands National Park, Moab, UT

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Moab Pride 2016,gorge, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grand View Point Overlook sign, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grant View Point northeast view, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grant View Point, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grand View Point southeast view, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, Grand Viewpoint overlook panerama, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Canyonlands National Park, Moab UT

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Moab Pride 2016, rainbow on Highway 6, Sunday, October 2, 2016, Helper, UT

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SLPS attended the 2nd annual Ogden Pride Festival on Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 2-9pm. Held again at the Ogden City Amphitheater, the festival this year was bigger and longer than 2015’s, going from 2-9, with twenty more vendors according to the planning committee.

The event started at 2pm, after the farmers market which takes place on the street outside the park and ends at 1pm. SLPS had a booth at the end, next to the Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah, Wiscombe Memorial LLC., Miss Ogden Pride (not affiliated with Ogden Pride Inc.), and Fetish Underwear Sales. The vendors who participated were:

Affirmation – LGBT Mormons, Families, and Friends, Amnesty International, Atheists of Utah, Clemens for Congress, Congregational UCC, Ogden, UT, Convergys, Drug Policy Project of Utah, Equality Utah, Even Stevens Sandwiches, Fetish Underwear Sales, Fidobiotics, Fiiz Drinks, Ogden Junction, Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah, Kaffe Mercantile, Lavender Vinyl, Leslie FInk Fox Homes Utah, Lucky Slice, Mama Dragons, Mike Weinholtz for Governor, Ogden Pride Merchandise, OUTreach Resource Centers, Paul Mitchell the School Ogden, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue, SAGE Utah, Satya Center for Spiritual Living, Snowie, Sparrows N.C., Teleperformance, Tera Carney Allstate Agency, Transgender Inclusion Project, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, United Way of Northern Utah, Utah Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, Utah Gay Rodeo Association, Utah Libertarian Party, Utah Polyamory Society, Utah Repertory Theater Company, Utah’s Pink Drink, Weber County Democratic Party, Weber County Library, Why We Wag, Youth Futures, Zions Bank

SLPS did over twenty readings, mainly tarot, with one or two palm. President Cureton used the Tarot of the Vampyres and April Love used her Hanson-Roberts deck. It was a hot, 95 degrees during the day, only getting hotter as the evening sun passed over at 6, when it died down in traffic. Pepsi was handing out free drinks, two versions of their 1893 formula: one original formula and the other including ginger. A nice man walked around the booths several times handing out free ice cold water.

The amphitheater stage had many different performances and performers, lasting till after 10pm, with:

Saliva Sisters, Pet Parade, Imperial Rainbow Court, Cheer Salt Lake, Leo Cody, Tribalove Dancers, Utah Repertory Theater, Alter Egos, Neu Yeuth, Ziegfeld Theater, Talia Keys and Marinade, From the Sun, Poetry Winner & Moment of Silence, Dance Party w/ DJ Suzy Bean

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, entrace, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, vendors looking west, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, vendors looking east, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, amphitheater, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, park lawn, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, booth, Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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2nd Annual Ogden Pride Festival, Daniel Cureton and April Love (r), Saturday, August 6, 2016, Ogden City Amphitheater, Ogden, UT

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The 41st Annual Utah Pride Festival took place over the weekend of June 3-5, 2016. The Festival opened with prayer at the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service on Thursday, June 2 at First Baptist Church. Pride this year included the usual music, vendors, food, rallies, and parade.

SLPS has been participating with a booth at Pride since 2011. The first tarot readings were in 2012, which were free. In 2014, SLPS started charging $5 and uped it to $10 in 2015. This year’s booth was highly successful, bringing in a good income from the society as the annual fundraiser that sets the budget. Over 100 readings were done, many of which were palm readings.

Many companies and organizations participated, including Discover, Netflix, Vegan Leather Boundary, Utah Gay Rodeo Association, the City Library, and the Animal Shelter. Some great and diverse food vendors came including funnel cakes, pizza, Greek, Jamaican, Skewered Thai, Poutine Fries, and Sweet Roasted Corn.

Sunday was the busy day. SLPS marched in the parade with the interfaith in front of the rainbow flag. President Daniel Cureton was asked to bless the flag this year, uttering the following prayer “Father Sky, Firm Earth, let this rainbow shine and open people’s pockets deep and fill her up! So mote it be!” Money thrown into the flag goes to the Utah Pride Center.

Tens of thousands people lined up on 200 S. to watch the parade. The route was reversed this year, with the floats, all 153 entries lining up along 200 W and the Salt Palace and ending at 400 E. A dozen or so protesters were seen, but they were in the minority.

The trees around the city and county building were certainly happy about the festival. President Cureton was walking by an old sycamore when he felt how happy the tree was for the people. “The tree was smiling and looking around, just so happy to be giving its shade to people in the hot sun. It seemed they are lonely there, as its a government building, and they just want to connect with the people around them and provide for them. I think it’s nice then that the area is used for festivals so that the trees feel like they are being useful, giving of their resources like shade and comfort.”

Sunday was the very busy, with the festival squeezed to the brim! The Pride Center reported over 50,000 people attended the festival and 50,000 attended the parade over the weekend!

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, History Zone, Utah Pride History display, Salt Lake City Public Library, Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r: April Love, Stesha Bowden, Ashton Longhurst, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, l to r: April Love, Stesha Bowden, Ashton Longhurst Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, clients, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, night at Tryangles, Saturday, June 4, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Daniel Cureton (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Chuvaruh B’Yachad Reconstructionist Jews of Salt Lake, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, flag Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, Rabinbow Wizard Daniel Cureton Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, attendees along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, prorestors along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016-Parade, in the parade along 200 S., Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, booths, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, food vendors, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, The Big Burger food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Skewered Thai food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake Pagan Society Page Liked · June 7 · Utah Pride Festival 2016, Sweet Roasted Corn food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Poutine food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Funnel Cake food vendor, Sunday, June 5, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

 

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The 15th Annual Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service kicked off 2016 Utah Pride Festival. Held Thursday, June 2, 2016 the service is a great way to open the festivities: with prayer and worship. SLPS has been participating with the interfaith since 2011.

This year’s service was held again at First Baptist Church. This is primarily due to the reorganization that took place earlier in the year. The service included the Salt Lake Men’s Choice, a speaker, a ritual of remembrance, and a chant by the Buddhists. The main speach was given by Cindy Solomon-Kelbba from Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). The Pride Pipers recessed at the closing, leading the faith leaders out of the chapel, which included over 15 faith organizations and about 20 leaders from Unitarian, Pagan, Buddhist (Zen and Tibetan), Catholic (one priest traveled from Evantson, WY), Christian, and Mormon’s Building Bridges. A reception with refreshments was held afterwards for the faith leaders to mingle with the audience.

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Apirl Love (wizard hat), Anna Zumwalt (Back middle painting), Curtis Price (right lavendar shirt), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Mauren Duffey (left), April Love (Wizard hat), Curtis Price (right), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Thursday, June 3, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Cindy Solomon-Klebba (middle), Matthew Cockrum (right) clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt (left), Cindy Solomon-Klebba (middle brown), April Love (right blue), clergy before service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Salt Lake Men’s Choir, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Buddhist Chant, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Cindy Solomon-Klebba of Wasatch Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt of Zen Buddhist (left) and Mathew Cockrum of First Unitarian, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Maureen Duffy performing ritual of rememberance, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, ritual of remembrance with candles lit, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Pride Pipers after service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival 2016, Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition Interfaith Service, Anna Zumwalt (left black), Curtis Price (right black), clergy after service, First Baptist Church, Thursday, June 2, 2016, Salt Lake City, UT

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