Announcing Mormon Building Bridges Plans for the 2013 Utah Pride Parade
We are already preparing for the Mormons Building Bridges’ entry in June’s Utah Pride Parade. Save the date– Sunday, June 2nd–and plan to march!
We want our numbers and enthusiasm to reflect the great progress that has been made in the past year. Let’s triple our showing and hit one thousands participants! This means spreading the word to friends and family all over the world to “safely gather in” to Zion and show your love for the gospel, your essential identity, and your LGBT brothers and sisters.
Our Theme: Family Reunion
Our focus this year is on the family. The traditional Mormon family reunion is an iconic, often joyous event, but can be fraught with difficulty for gay mormons. Let’s turn this around and enjoy hundreds of happy reunions as we march in the parade.
We invite LDS families, dressed in their church clothes, to march as a unit, bringing as many members and generations as possible!
For straight mormons, this is a chance to rally round your gay loved ones. Is there an LGBT son or daughter, aunt or uncle who you haven’t spoken to in a long time? Reach out to them, ask them to come march you. If there has been conflict and pain in your family this could be a time of great healing and celebration.
We encourage gay Mormons to think of that family member who a year ago you would never dream would march in a pride parade. Ask them to join you. Tell them about the mission of Mormons Building Bridges (you can read it in the “About” section of our Facebook Page), show them the church website momonsandgays.org and ask them to listen to the stories there. Remind them that this is not about politics or arguing doctrine. Assure them we are making a safe and sacred space for them; they will be surrounded by active members who are marching because of their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If you are a pioneer, and the only one in your family who will be marching you will be welcomed with open arms.
Straight LDS youth: You have a special opportunity to be our best defense against bullying in the schools. Invite an LGBT friend–mormon or not– to march with you and your family! Remember the Primary song “I’ll walk with you I’ll talk with you, that’s how I’ll show my love for you”. This is what it’s all about. Your friendship can save lives!
It’s going to be a beautiful day: we’ll have music (hymns of course!) and we’ll be the last group in the parade–a happy finale.