Monday, June 4, 2012


So like two weeks ago, I stumbled across this essay. And maybe it kinda made me cry. Then, through the grapevine, I heard about this awesome event going on, where Sunday morning a group of people called Mormons Building Bridges (a group that, incidentally, was organized by a teacher at my school, because the coolest people teach at my school) who were going down to the Pride festival to march in church clothes to "extend a message of love and support to our LGBT brothers and sisters by marching in the Utah pride parade. Each step we take will be an outward demonstration of our commitment to loving our neighbors. We are marching for the values of empathy and compassion that the Mormon faith teaches." So I really wanted to go, because I can't think of a more valuable thing to do on my Sunday morning. (It even made the onion)
Admittedly, I felt a little funny about marching as a Mormon. Which was a funny moment for me. But when I first heard about it, my first thought was "oh, they only let Mormons march. That's too bad." Then I remembered that I counted enough to march ("All who wish to march whether currently active LDS and/or former LDS are welcome"). So I felt less like a poser and more like I could go. It was funny to realize I actually don't consider myself a Mormon.
Nevertheless, I really wanted to go, so I went. Kasandra and I went together. We matched in our navy dresses, which was cute.

It was amazing how many people showed up. There were probably 300 Mormons marching. Lots of kids, which was really touching. 

It was really quite incredible to march. I don't know if I can explain why exactly. You know how people always say there's so much love at Pride? There was an extra lot of love in this march. It was funny because while we were there trying so hard to show love, it felt like we were being shown more love. The organizers put is in the front of the parade. And people cheered for us loudly. But there we also a lot of people on the sides just weeping. Again and again what we heard was "thank you". Which was beautiful and moving. It was incredible to get to be a part of the pro-LGBT Mormons community and the LGBT community coming together, because they don't very often, and there is a lot of power and love when they do. It was so touching. What an incredible experience. It was so cool to put aside gay rights and mormon propagandas and say You're human, and I love you for it. 

After the parade, Kasandra and I went to the festival.

We got matching bracelets.

And visited the whole foods tent.

And it was lovely.

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