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LGBT parade message

Published June 16, 2010 6:00 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2010, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I am so confused! The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Salt Lake City is asking for sincere acceptance and respect. The recent Pride Parade drew thousands of observers, Utah's "second largest parade" ("Pride Parade in SLC draws throng," Tribune , June 7).

As I watched media reports of the parade, I saw images of burlesque dancers, men dancing in underwear and floats mocking the Mormon religion. What is the message or purpose here? Sure, I understand the parade was about fun and had a definite party atmosphere, but politicians were also among the entertainers, waving and asking for support. Really? I have a hard time taking any politician seriously when I see him or her standing next to someone dancing in his underwear and walking with floats that ridicule religion.

Would the Days of '47 Parade allow a float taunting gays or Catholics? Would President Barack Obama walk in a parade side by side with burlesque and underwear-clad dancers? What is the message the LGBT community wants to project? Respect and acceptance or shocking entertainment? Is the goal to promote and celebrate a common ground amidst a conservative, religious community, or to be divisive and taunting?

Susan Knight

Salt Lake City