About three hundred straight Mormon followers stood proudly beside their LGBT friend, brothers and sisters and took to the streets and marched yesterday in Salt Lake City’s gay pride parade.
“One Mormon father turned to the crowd and thanked people for forgiving him. The group, Mormons Building Bridges, said they wanted to send a message of love to the state’s LGBT community, a message they believe is compatible with their faith. Emily Vandyke, 50, carried a sign with the words from an LDS children’s song: “I’ll walk with you, I’ll talk with you. That’s how I’ll show my love for you.” Several blocks along the parade route, she embraced a tall woman weeping at the edge of the crowd who said, “Thank you.” “I haven’t recognized them as equals,” Vandyke said a few minutes later. “They have been invisible to me.” Later, parade Grand Marshal Dustin Lance Black, tweeted: “In tears. Over 300 straight, active Mormons showed up to march with me at the Utah Pride parade in support of LGBT people.”
According to the latest demographic information. The LDS – Mormon church has the highest number of adherents in Utah at 1,493,612 members.
300 may not be a lot. But it is a start.
Tonight we dine in UTAH!