A sea of red to descend on Q Lagoon Day

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One day each summer Utah’s queer community floods Lagoon theme park with red. Members of the LGBT community and their supporters will take over the park for the QSaltLake Day at Lagoon on Aug. 7.

Although it is not sanctioned by the park, the event attracted hundreds last year and is expected to be even larger this year. Supporters are encouraged to wear red shirts and stop by the QSaltLake pavilion for a group photo at 4 p.m. and to mingle with other queers and allies. This year’s event is sponsored by the latest in mobile dating, GuySpy, and at the pavilion there will be a representative helping people sign up for the service and answering questions.

For 39-year-old Salt Lake City resident, Tyler Bennett, the Q Lagoon Day was one of his first interactions with other gay people.

“I’d never been to gay pride day or a gay bar. I was too nervous,” Bennett said.

But last year the recent divorcee saw the event advertized on Facebook and he decided to show up.

“I debated with myself for hours about whether or not to wear a red shirt. I couldn’t decide what to do because I didn’t know if I would fit in,” Bennett said. “Seeing all the groups of gay people, just hundreds of them right here in Utah, it gave me the courage I needed to come out to my ex-wife and my kids.”

Q Lagoon Day is open to all participants and there will also be many people who are not aware of the day, but the overall atmosphere is very open and accepting.

“I couldn’t believe it. I saw two cute young guys eating cotton candy, wearing matching red T-shirts and holding hands walking through the park. It was a life-changer for me and I’ll never forget how happy they looked,” Bennett said.

Lagoon is Utah’s largest amusement park with nine large roller coasters, 38 carnival games and two original shows. From the fast-paced ride, Wicked, to the wet and wild Rattle Snake Rapids, there’s something for everyone at Lagoon. The park was founded in 1886 and is still located on its original plot of land.

Park admission coupons are available at Cahoots (878 E. 900 South), Café Marmalade (361 N. 300 West), Club Try-Angles (251 W. 900 South), Off Trax Cafe (259 W. 900 South) and the QSaltLake offices (1055 E. 2100 South,  Suite 206).

For more information about the park, go to LagoonPark.com. For more information about the Q Lagoon Day, find us on Facebook.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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