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Pink Dot Utah campaign will culminate in ballpark event

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A month-long campaign of videos aimed at engendering a dialogue and appreciation of Utah’s diversity will culminate with a large gathering at Spring Mobile Ballpark on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day. The campaign,called the Pink Dot project, will include a website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. The campaign is targeted to queer Utahns, their friends, family, co-workers and neighbors, the project director, Ken Kimball said.

“One of Pink Dot’s primary aims is to engender an appreciation of Utah’s diversity – regardless of race, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression; we are all Utahns. We have come some way in encouraging inclusiveness and acceptance of all segments of society, and we hope that more continue to join us in helping to fulfill this aim,” Kimball said in a press release.

Each week new ambassador videos will be posted on the Facebook page and it will serve as a discussion board for queer Utahns and their allies. On Oct. 11 at 6 p.m., there is a gathering for everyone interested in participating at Spring Mobile Ballpark, 77 W. 1300 South. The event is free and participants are asked to wear pink as they create an enormous, human pink dot on the field.

The Pink Dot project was first started in Singapore in 2009 and the gathering attracted more than 2,500 people. By 2011, the number of participants had skyrocketed to more than 10,000 attendees.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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