Approximately 50 people showed up Thursday for the first of many meetings to plan the very first Logan Pride Festival. Turner Bitton is the director of the festival.
“We’re constantly being asked by people, ‘What’s going on in Logan? What can people do?’ How they can get involved and kind of what services are here,” Bitton said. “And so by having a festival it really is a catalyst of saying, ‘Hey, there’s a community here.”
He said in addition to creating awareness, they’re hoping to showcase organizations like <a href=”http://www.outreachresourcecenters.org/cache” target=”_blank”>Cache Youth Resource Center</a> and the LGBT Resource Center that are in the valley.
Bitton said though they’ve raised most of the funding needed for the event, they’re still looking for sponsors.
The festival is scheduled for Oct. 8. Bitton said they’re anticipating 300 to 500 people to attend.
Bitton said, “We would love to have a whole cross-section of the community.”
He said that includes the local leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints community.
“There are so many LDS folks, all the time, who are asking, ‘How can we help stop suicides? How can we help LGBT kids who get kicked out?’ Cache County is a very caring community,” Bitton said. “And I think that’s what folks will get out of the festival is they’ll be able to build bridges between different communities and get involved with a community they may not have experience with.”
He said the event will have live performances, music, booths and is family friendly.
Topics of discussion at the planning meeting included the dates, location, and the theme which is yet to be determined.