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SLPS attended the annual Utah Pride Festival put on by the Utah Pride Center. The annual fundraiser run this year from Wednesday, May 31-Sunday, June 4 with the opening of the festival Friday June 2. SLPS has been reading tarot at the festival since 2012 but has been vending at the festival since 2011. This year was as busy as others, with over 150 people getting tarot and palm readings. This year’s festival theme was “Pride Elevated.” Many different vendors attended, as well as food vendors. There was the Gala on May 31, the interfaith service on June 1, with the opening on Friday there was more opportunity for varied entertainment, drag queen story time, panels, and even protesters out at the festival gates. Known as the “official street preachers”, these people see themselves as old bible prophets preaching to a sinful world.

SLPS even sold some of its literary journal! Pride always treats us well, and we are glad to give back to the community.

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Utah Pride Festival Interfaith Service, interfaith leaders, Thursday, June 1, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Interfaith Service, interfaith leaders, Thursday, June 1, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Interfaith Service, April Love (l) and Daniel Cureton, Thursday, June 1, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Interfaith Service, service, Thursday, June 1, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Interfaith Service, service, Thursday,June 1, 2017, First United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, April Love (l) and Ashton Longhurst, Friday, June 2, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Friday, June 2, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Saturday, June 3, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Saturday, June 3, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Salt Lake Pagan Society Published by Daniel Cureton Page Liked · June 16 · Edited · · Utah Pride Festival, Queer geek panel, Saturday, June 3, 2017, City Library, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Saturday, June 3, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, U

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Utah Pride Festival, Saturday, June 3, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Saturday, June 3, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Pride Pippers, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Ashton Longhurst (l) and Daniel Cureton, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UTPride Parade, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival Pride Parade, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, Daniel Cureton (Center left) with Petuniia Pap Smear (aka Courtney Moser, center), June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, Daniel Cureton, June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, Drag Queen Story Time with Sister Foster Child, June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, L to r: Rachel Figueroa, Daniel Cureton, Lei Loni Figueroa, April Love, June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, food vendors, June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, Sunday, food vendors, June 4, 2017, City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, l to r: Shauna Brock, Michael Rupp, Daniel Cureton sitting on the queer literary panel, Sunday, June 4, 2017, City Library, Salt Lake City, UT

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Utah Pride Festival, l to r: Shauna Brock, Michael Rupp, Daniel Cureton sitting on the queer literary panel, Sunday, June 4, 2017, City Library, Salt Lake City, UT

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After festival dinner, l to r: Ashton Longhurst, Lei Loni and Rachel Figueroa, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Kyoto Restaurant, Salt Lake City, UT

Pride Parade video, Sunday, June 4, 2017, Salt Lake City, 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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President Cureton discovered while going through the Utah Pride Center private archives a photo of the “Salt Lake Pagan Community” from the the 1995 Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. “I didn’t know that the Pagans had been marching in the parade back then. I had thought perhaps that SLPS was the first to march in the parade, but I knew others could have, just there was no evidence. This year is the 26th year of the parade, so now we know they have marched before. SLPS began marching in the parade in 2011 with the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.”

The LGBT community has had a long crossover into the Pagan community, as many of the members identify with both. It’s common that LGBT people find the Pagan community more accepting because of how personal the spirituality of Paganism is and how many various paths people walk. Paganism allows individuals to explore facets of deity, the inside self, and the universe they hadn’t previously without putting them into a box or creating a cookie cutter mentality. Often Paganism is more fulfilling than larger organized religion.

The Utah Pride Center has photographs from various events that will be transferred to the Marriott Library Special Collections Archives at the University of Utah this year under the leadership of President Cureton, who works as the library director at the center. The picture below will soon be available for everyone to access in the Multimedia Division. If anyone can identify the individuals, please send SLPS an email or leave a comment.

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This year has showered man opportunities among us in the LGBTQ community. As a member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition, we are allowed to march in the Sunday morning parade! Come dressed in robes, hats and staffs and be ready to carry our banner.

Time: Line up at 8:30 am

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011

Location: 300 E 400 S

We need people who can march to come and hold the banner, three people would be nice!

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