About 20 protesters hurled anti-LGBTQ remarks at patrons outside Club Jam on Friday, the night of the Pride Festival Opening Ceremonies. “Pretty toxic stuff,” said Shane Curtis, who heard the disturbance from his recording studio across the street. Police arrived about 1 a.m. and warned the protesters — who wore jackets customized with anti-LGBTQ text and held 10-foot signs — against disturbing the peace and blocking pedestrians, according to Salt Lake City Lt. Scott Smalley.
One protester outside the club at 751 N. 300 West had a megaphone but was told to stop using it by police. “For the most part, it’s a religious group that is preaching against homosexuality,” Smalley said. A handful of the protesters are from Utah, said Smalley, but most of them are from out of state. This group of protesters has shouted outside Pride events in the past, as well as the biannual conference held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to Smalley. – The Salt Lake City Tribune
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