This celebration went hand-in-hand with raising awareness and acceptance of our LGBTQI population, for locals, youth and visitors alike. Moab Pride was never a fight like you often see in larger communities. It was always a celebration and a way to raise awareness and safe spaces.
The festival was so well received that we were able to create a year round presence almost from the start. From holding monthly all-ages gatherings, to partnering with Club Red Moab’s Teen Center to address bullying and acceptance within the schools, to eventually having a physical drop-in center space at the multicultural center, our presence was here to stay.
Having grown up here, I realized how isolating it could feel sometimes and that was something that Moab Pride continually sought to address. We were able to do this through multiple community partnerships and support of community members. The collaborations between multiple nonprofit organizations, the local police force, the mayor’s office, businesses and community members were astonishing and really showed what an accepting and remarkable town Moab is.
Pride in this town, the diverse community members and the celebration of that have always made me proud to be a Moabite, and I would like to thank the community for that.
I would also like to thank the current organizers for carrying the event on and especially for focusing on local youth in the community. It’s incredible to see something that was started six years ago continue to grow and benefit the community and I look forward to seeing how it blossoms.