The theme of the 4th annual Ogden Pride Festival, which will be held on August 4th at the Ogden Amphitheater, is “Stand Out, Speak Up!”
Despite some civil rights victories in recent years, we are facing challenges in the current political climate as some in power try to displace us, disgrace us and erase us. We cannot sit quietly, we will not stand idly by as they try to take away our rights.
Remember, the “Gay Pride” movement began as a protest. It was a call for justice against discrimination and harassment. “Pride” doesn’t mean we are boasting about our sexual orientations or gender identities, as if they are some sort of personal achievement. By using the word “Pride” — which is the opposite of “shame” — we are announcing to the world that we are not ashamed. There is no shame in living our lives authentically, showing our true colors, being our true selves.
We believe that the Ogden Pride Festival has raised visibility, broken down walls and changed perceptions about the LGBTQ+ community in Northern Utah. The Ogden Pride Festival is a celebration of community — thousands of people come together to openly and freely express who we truly are. We get decked out in our rainbow gear, with flags-as-capes flapping behind us as we laugh, joke, dance … let our guard down — without being judged, without being bullied, without being afraid. For many of us, it’s the one day when we can hold our partner’s hand in public without looking over our shoulders. …
And so, we are encouraging everyone to let their voices be heard, to let their true selves shine out — without shame, without guilt, without apologies.