Help Pick the Theme for Pride 2011

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The Utah Pride Festival needs you to decide whether it will be all about glamour and glitz or living and loving.

Currently, the Utah Pride Center’s website is hosting a poll with five choices for next year’s theme. The organization owns and operates the annual event, which attracts over 20,000 people to downtown Salt Lake City.

Valerie Larabee, the Center’s executive director, said that the festival had looked to the International Pride Organizers Association for its theme before deciding after a few years to “do our own thing.” Since then, the festival has looked to the community to set its tone.

“Every year we reach out to people to get their ideas,” she said. “It’s really cool to see the variety of things that people submit for themes. Some are very political and some are very much about arriving or hope, and some are kind of funny. We bring those ideas to the [festival] steering committee and we pick our top five.”

The top five ideas this year are: Live, Love, Pride; Do Ask, Do Tell; Imagine; Celebrate; and Party, Glamour, Glitz. At press time, Live, Love, Pride was leading with nearly 39 percent of the vote, followed by Do Ask, Do Tell — a parody of the U.S. military’s policy prohibiting gay members from serving openly — with nearly 29 percent of the vote.

Right now, the battle for the theme has lit up Facebook, said Larabee, noting that a campaign was underway to defeat Do Ask, Do Tell.

“I think we really do build the aura of the festival based on the theme, so it’s really an important thing for us to get in place right up front,” she said.

The poll at utahpridecenter.org (at the bottom left-hand corner of the page) will close Dec. 10.

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