Grand Marshal Reception

The 2015 Utah Pride Festival kicks off with the annual Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, June 5, 2015. Light hors doeuvres, desserts and a cash bar on the festival grounds, in front of the main stage. Join us in celebration of 2015 Grand Marshal Janet Mock and our award recipients.

Date & Time: Friday, June 5, 7pm

Tickets: $50

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Grand Marshal: Janet Mock

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The Utah Pride Festival is delighted to announce the 2015 Grand Marshal – trans advocate and bestselling author, Janet Mock.

Janet Mock is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and prominent advocate for trans women’s rights. Her memoir Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More is the story of a trans girl growing up in Honolulu, Dallas and Oakland. It celebrates self-actualization and self-revelation. Janet regularly speaks at Universities and on television, hosts the weekly culture show “So POPular!” on MSNBC’s Shift network, and serves as a Contributing Editor for Marie Claire.

“This year, we looked for a Grand Marshal who could speak to the vital work still needed in our LGBTQ community,” said Jen Parsons-Soran, co-director of the Utah Pride Festival. “With marriage coming to Utah last year, some people are asking ‘what else is there to do?’ We know that discrimination is still a real thing, particularly in Utah. We know that the trans* community lives under the cloud of violence and murder. We know that youth are still feeling so trapped in some places that they are taking their own lives. The Utah Pride Festival committee feels that the message Janet Mock can bring this year is one that needs to be heard.”

Janet will be honored at the Grand Marshal Reception on Friday, June 5 and will lead off the Utah Pride Parade on Sunday, June 7.

PrintThe Leonardo, with executive chef Zanetta Jones, is proud to be the exclusive caterer of the Utah Pride Festival Grand Marshal Reception. For information on catering, please contact The Leonardo at 801.531.9800.

Grand Marshal Reception Opportunity Drawings

At the 2015 Grand Marshal Reception, for the first time, there will be an opportunity drawing worth over $11,000 in prizes. The grand prize will be two Tiffany & Co rings. More information about prizes is available here.

A special THANK YOU to The Real Estate Team of Mona Stevens & Kelly Favero for sponsoring this year’s Opportunity Drawing. Mona and Kelly’s support ensures that 100% of the drawing’s proceeds go directly to funding the programs of the Utah Pride Center.

Past Grand Marshals

o   2014: Laurie Wood and Kody Patridge, Moudi Sbeity and Derek Kitchen, and Kate Call and Karen Archer (The three plaintiff couples of Utah’s marriage equality court case)

o   2013: David Testo, Major League Soccer Player

o   2012: Dustin Lance Black, Screenwriter

o   2011: Roseanne Barr, Comedian/TV personality

o   2010: Sister Dottie Dixon, Local LGBTQ personality

o   2009: Cleve Jones, Human Rights Activist/Protégé of Harvey Milk

o   2008: Ralph Becker, Salt Lake City Mayor

o   2007: John Amaechi, Retired Utah Jazz Player

o   2006: Boyer Jarvis, PhD., LGBTQ Ally

o   Previous to 2005: Bruce Bastian, Human Rights Philanthropist/Co-Founder, Wordperfect; Alicia Suazo, wife of the late State Senator Pete Suazo; Jackie Bisupsk, Former Utah State Representative (currently running for SLC Mayor); Walter Larabee; Jess Hawk Oakens; Dr. Kristen Ries; Leonard Matlovich; and David Kopay