Residents brave rainy weather to show LGBT pride; STGnews Videocast

ST. GEORGE – In celebration of the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, a gay pride event was held at Bluff Street Park in St. George Friday evening.

People and even their pets were bedecked in rainbow colors to show solidarity for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Face painters were also on hand at the event, decorating faces with the rainbow flag.

“When the Supreme Court ruled, y’know, last Friday, everybody was texting, ‘What’s going on? Who’s going to put something together?’” Linda Stay, a local LGBT activist, said. “And I said, ‘Hey, you know what? I have cancer. I have to have chemo. I can’t do it.’ And these two high school girls said, ‘Hey, let’s do it next Friday at the park.’ And (it’s) the first-ever St. George official kind of pride gathering, and it’s because of them.”

The two teens who organized the event, who asked that their names be withheld, said there was such an overwhelming response to their invitation that the event had to be turned into a potluck to accommodate the number of people who confirmed they would be attending. So, community members came to the park, despite wet weather, with food, treats and bright smiles to gather in celebration and unity.

Gay pride buttons, sponsored by Equality Utah, were passed out to attendees in honor of the event and to commemorate the the Supreme Court’s ruling.

“It’s historic, and it’s exciting, and it’s a celebration of love – love for all,” Stay said.

Videocast by St. George News videographer Sheldon Demke

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11 Comments

  • fun bag July 4, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    *lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender “community”

    I would always put that in quotes– just sayin…

  • Forsooth July 5, 2015 at 12:12 am

    “The two teens who organized the event, who asked that their names be withheld…”

    Hmm, maybe they’re less proud of the event than they want us to think?

    • Simone July 5, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Or maybe they just don’t want the many many bigots that live around here that use their “religion” as an excuse to do harm to know who they are. Just sayin’

  • ladybugavenger July 5, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Really???? Oh my gosh, why so many parades? Is the “love” version of the kkk except with rainbow hoods?

  • Ronnie Keith July 5, 2015 at 3:17 am

    Hey ya’ll. Like ya know,this story sounds like. Ya know. Like it was written by a teen like . Ya know. With like with a limited vocabulary, like ya know.

  • NotSoFast July 5, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Everybody needs to be noticed right?
    The next time one of these young ladies pass the hat for a donation, reach into your pocket for a nickle (and/or) a road apple if one is available. Don’t forget to pat them on the head.

  • Simone July 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

    This is awesome. Keep up the good work girls. 🙂

  • anybody home July 5, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    You people should be really proud of yourselves for your continued taunting and spitefulness. I’m sure your God is smiling down on you right now saying, “Way to go.” You are exactly the reason the young women didn’t given their names. Nobody deserves this kind of mean-spirited treatment, but just when it seems the ugliness is as bad as it can get, you all come up with more. Do you prefer stories about the high school kids around St. George who are drinking, drugging and driving?

    • 42214 July 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      It’s just sour grapes because they’re losing their grip on our society. Wait till the tax man gets ahold of them, they’ll look like Ned Beatty in Deliverance.

  • fun bag July 5, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    kinda reminds me of a white pride rally… always some sort of agenda..

  • anybody home July 5, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I sometimes wonder if the SGN isn’t publishing stories like this – which is really not a news story – just to keep the stirring the pot in St. George. It was, after all, just a party – keep moving folks, nothing to see. Step up your game, SGN.

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