Thousands of people took part in one of the biggest celebrations in the Salt Lake area during this year’s Utah Pride Festival. The event, which includes the Pride Parade, raises awareness for Utah’s LGBT community. Along with being a good time, the festival helps to fund the Utah Pride Center. The center works to support, advocate and improve the lives of LGBT in Utah. BEAU and Broadview University joined the festivities this year and helped to support the cause.
“It was a joy and privilege for Broadview Entertainment Arts University (BEAU) to participate in the 2013 Utah Pride Festival this year,” said BEAU Campus Director Scott Kloetzke. “As a creative arts school and provider of higher learning in the Salt Lake City area, we value our students and friends of the LGBT community.”
More than 200 businesses lined the festival grounds with appearances from Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and numerous other local politicians and city advocates.
“Being involved with the Utah Pride Festival gives us the opportunity to show support to people that play an important part in our community,” said Broadview Community Manager Peter Tomala. “Events like this don’t divide us; they bring us together and demonstrate that inclusion is what makes our society stronger. As an employee, it makes me proud to represent a company that involves itself in events that serve a greater good and will look beyond rhetoric to demonstrate a caring philosophy.”
Staff from all four Broadview campuses took part in the event, which was backed by employees throughout the state.
“Working at the Pride Festival was a great opportunity to support the diverse community of students, faculty, and staff that make up Broadview University and the Salt Lake area,” said Broadview employee Clint Urvand. “We had the chance to show the community that we care about them and are here to help them be successful in their educational pursuits. Being a member of the LGBT community, I have seen firsthand the support, commitment, and passion that Broadview has for its students, faculty and staff, regardless of who they are and what they believe in.”