Utah Pride Center
Carol Gande, Executive Director
255 East 400 South #200
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
cc: The Board of Directors
Addressing Discrimination & Censorship at Utah Pride
Dear Ms Gande,
The Free Speech Coalition condemns your recent decision to exclude an adult business from your Pride festivities. For too long have we, the LGBTQQI community, have fought against those who have shamed us for our sexuality. By censoring our sexuality on political grounds, you promote shame over pride and freedom of expression.
MormonBoyz.com is an active part of Utah’s diverse LGBTQQI community. As a lifelong HIV and LGBTQQI rights activist and advocate, I can vouch for the company and its owners in their outstanding commitment to sexual health, PrEP awareness, and community empowerment. From the sex workers at Stonewall, to the free speech battles waged by posing strap magazines, to money raised for HIV, the adult industry has been a critical ally in our movement for health and equal rights.
For too many years have our communities suffered from discrimination, criminalization, and hatred – all founded in moral, cultural, and religious prejudice. Only through the strength of unity have our communities not only survived, but thrived. It was through great sacrifices and the loss of almost an entire generation that we have found that unity.
We urge you to reconsider your decision to exclude MormonBoyz.com from your pride festivities in an effort to celebrate true diversity, free of prejudical censorship.
With kind regards.
Eric Paul Leue