The Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition will open the 2013 Utah Pride Festival with their annual Pride interfaith service, at 7 pm on Thursday, May 30, 2013, explained Russ Baker-Gorringe, chair of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition. The event will take place at Congregation Kol Ami, 2425 Heritage Way (2760 South), SLC, UT 84109.
The theme for the Pride Festival is “Gotta Be REAL,” and the theme of the interfaith service is “Sacred Embraces REAL,” Baker-Gorringe explained. “Be real. Be yourself. There’s nothing godly about denying who you are. When you come out to your divine nature, to yourself, and to those who love you, you chose to live a life that is ‘REAL’. A life of integrity,” assured Baker-Gorringe.
On the Saturday following the interfaith worship, June 1, the LGBT community and allies will hold a brief rally and march, beginning at 2 pm in front of First United Methodist Church, 203 East & 200 South, and marching to the festival grounds, at Washington Square, explained Aaron Cloward, member of the Utah Pride Interfaith Coalition.
The next day, at 10 a.m., Sunday morning, June 2, 2013, with over 300 volunteers from the Utah Pride Interfaith community, we will “worship with our feet,” as we carry the huge Pride Rainbow Flag in the Pride Festival Parade, explained the Rev. Erin Gillmore, of Holladay United Church of Christ. Individuals wanting to help carry the rainbow flag in the Pride Parade need to meet at the staging area at the Northeast corner of 400 South and 400 East by 9:00 am.
For more information on how you may participate, contact Russell and Joe Baker-Gorringe at firstname.lastname@example.org.