More than 100 people gathered in a Salt Lake City park to celebrate inclusion and individuality as part of the second annual Pink Dot Utah event on Sept. 22. The celebration included performances by local bands, speeches by Mormon Church members and culminated with the group gathering together to form one large dot.
The celebration is designed as a safe space for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community and their allies, said Pink Dot organizer Ken Kimball. The event is completely family friendly and was as much a picnic in the park as it was a gathering of LGBTs.
Members of Understanding Same Gender Attraction at Brigham Young University are encouraging more open dialogue between members of the Mormon faith and the LGBT community, said Adam White, vice president of the organization. He is also involved with Evergreen International, an organization that encourages gay and lesbian Mormons to “diminish” their attraction to the same sex.
“Let’s change the way our communities see their LGBT people and their allies forever,” he said.
Members of Mormons Building Bridges are urging for more acceptance of LGBT people within the faith by speaking with parents and family of gay people, as well as local leaders, said Erika Munson, the founder of the group, which made headlines for leading Utah’s Pride Parade.
“Mormons Building Bridges isn’t about politics or arguing about doctrine. We’re looking for practical ways right now to protect and honor our gay membership and welcome those who want to come back,” Munson said.
A Southern Utah Pink Dot event will take place in St. George, Utah on Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m. For more information, go to pinkdotut.org