Crowds of Utahns celebrated National Coming Out Day by gathering and forming an enormous pink dot on Oct. 11. The celebration at Spring Mobile Ballpark was the first such gathering in the United States and it followed a similar event in Singapore which attracted more than 10,000 people. Organizers of the event estimate 3,000 people gathered.
Celebrity ambassadors Kurt Bestor and Fox 13 news anchor Hope Woodside both spoke at the event and introduced performers, including The Anser, a vocal group that competed on X Factor, a hit Fox TV show.
The event was organized by the Support, Love, Courage, Campaign to offer a safe place for queers and their allies to gather and celebrate diversity. Organizers hope to make the Pink Dot an annual event to offer a safe place for queer people and their allies to organize and show love and support for one another.
“This is our life, nobody owns your happiness, and to the people who want to bring us down, I say beware. As a 5-foot-1-inch gay former marine, I am going to be there to fight you,” said gay rights activist Eric Alva.
The crowd included young couples, families, religious leaders and even some local politicians, such as Ross Romero, who is running for Salt Lake County mayor.