PROVO -- Organizers of the inaugural Provo Pride Festival say they're pleased with the turnout and community support, and they plan to stage the event again next year.
The festival, which featured booths, music and games Saturday at Memorial Park, was designed to increase acceptance of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in one of Utah's most conservative cities.
Provo Pride Council president David Pate says the festival was a step toward accepting people for who they are, but there's still a long way to go.
He notes 30 percent of youth suicides and 40 percent of homeless youth are from the LGBT community and that Utah's rates are even higher.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports the group Mormons Building Bridges offered festival participants "free hugs from a Mormon."