Local musicians, disc jockeys and activists will be featured at this year’s Pink Dot celebration Sept. 22, 2-6 p.m. at Jordan Park, 900 W. 100 South. The musical lineup includes Melody and Tyler, the Joshua Payne Orchestra, Renee Plant and DJ Nick James. Speakers include Mohamed Baayd, a Muslim Mormon who supports equality, Adam White, a Brigham Young University student who was featured in an It Gets Better YouTube video, and Erika Munson, the founder of Mormons Building Bridges.
The event is free and designed to offer a safe place for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people, allies and their friends and family. Last year’s gathering attracted hundreds of participants who all formed an enormous pink dot. Participants are encouraged to wear pink and invite their family and friends. The dot will be formed at 4 p.m.
For more information go to pinkdotut.org.
Melody and Tyler
Melody & Tyler met in Logan, Utah and began playing cover songs and a few originals and decided to start booking shows. Not long after, they started alternating opening spots for each other’s gigs rarely playing together as a duo. They’re avid activists for human and minority rights and heavily promote a better musical community.
DJ Nick James
(2:30-3:00, 5:30-6 p.m. and intermittently throughout program)
DJ Nick James has been spinning world-class dance music for more than a decade. With a passion for disco, jazz and soul, he has had two radio shows on KRCL 90.9 and been a DJ columnist for SLUG Magazine. He has been voted best DJ of Utah by City Weekly and was featured in SPIN Magazine for his famed dance party JUST WANNA DANCE along with DJ Jesse Walker.
Joshua Payne Orchestra
From late-night street performances to glitzy hotel and club gigs, the Joshua Payne Orchestra is anywhere and everywhere. The JPO is heavily influenced not only by jazz, but also hip hop, rock and pop. Their eclectic repertoire features original music as well as surprising hits selected with reckless abandon from all across the radio dial.
Originally from Warren, Ohio, Plant has been playing guitar and piano nearly all her life. Some of the venues she’s played at include the Women Who Rock concert series, the Portland Rose Festival, LadyFest Salt Lake City, the Utah Pride Parade and the Women’s Redrock Music Festival.
(3:30 – 4 p.m.)
Mohamed Baayd was born in a very small village called Allougoume, located 12 hours south of Casablanca in Morocco. He lived in several states before, coming to Utah in 2010 to attend BYU. While at BYU, he met his wife, Jami. They have been blessed with three beautiful children. Their home has always been, and will always continue to be, an open home to people from different walks of life and with different beliefs.
Adam White is a student from Washington, D.C. studying Theatre Arts at Brigham Young University. He helped to organize the BYU It Gets Better video that went viral in April earlier this year. White serves as Understanding Same-Gender Attraction’s vice president, helping president Bridey Jensen with an ever-growing community of allies and friends at BYU and in Utah County.
Erika Munson is a Latter-day Saint and mother of five from Sandy, Utah. She founded Mormons Building Bridges to help create a safe and welcoming place for LGBT people in her church. She has served in many capacities in her congregation including as Relief Society President, Young Women’s President and Choir Director. She is thrilled to be a part of the Pink Dot celebration.