Gay rights advocates strut political clout in Salt Lake – Salt Lake Tribune

Gay rights advocates strut political clout in Salt Lake – Salt Lake Tribune
There was glamor and glitz, and at times a playful gaudiness Sunday during the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday in downtown Salt Lake City.

Yet beneath the surface of the rain-soaked celebration of Utah’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, there was also the sense of a rising surge of political activism that almost transcended the spectacle with its brightly colored floats, rainbow banners and the marching, dancing men and women in brightly colored attire.

“This year it is about everyone coming together and showing how much clout we have as a community,” said Coko Catoure Deazarea, Miss Gay Utah. “I believe we are at a turning point, where people are beginning to stop looking at being gay as a sin.”

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