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What Happened to Free Pride? 

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Memo to the board of the Utah Pride Center and the organizers of the 2009 Utah Pride Festival—prominently labeled a “program” of the Utah Pride Center:

1. Efficient nonprofits don’t charge their clients for the “programs” they offer.

2. “Programs” are not generally listed on your Website as an “event” alongside your other fund-raisers.

3. This country’s best-run (i.e., most attended, most financially solvent) pride festivals are admission-free—supported by corporate sponsorships, vendor fees and voluntary donations. See: San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Portland, Denver and a host of others.

4. Utah Pride was free to attendees for more than 20 years—years when potential sponsors were less gay-friendly than they are now.

5. Encouraging the GLBT community to bring a straight ally to the festival is great, but our nonqueer allies are more likely to attend a free festival, as they did prior to the admission charges instituted in 2005.

Nicholas Rupp
Salt Lake City

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