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.
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