OGDEN — With the Ogden Pride Festival coming up, Weber County residents have an opportunity to show support for the gay community in their yards and at their businesses.
Project Rainbow will be placing rainbow flags around the county from Sunday through Aug. 5 as part of a fundraiser for Ogden Pride, a support group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community of northern Utah.
The aim is to create a show of solidarity for the LGBTQ community in connection with Ogden Pride Festival activities, set for Aug. 2, 3 and 4, said Lucas Horns, the Project Rainbow founder. This is the first year of the Project Rainbow initiative.
“Just increase the visibility of the LGBTQ community,” he said. Such public displays can have a big impact, he said, letting those who have not yet come out or are in the process of coming out know that they have allies and aren’t alone.
Those interested pay $15 and Project Rainbow volunteers will place the rainbow flags. Sign-up goes through Saturday and more information is on the organization’s website, www.projectrainbowutah.org.
The Rainbow Flag initiative in Weber County parallels a similar effort focused on the Salt Lake City area last June in conjunction with Utah Pride Festival activities. More than 500 people donated to have flags placed outside their homes and businesses, generating more than $7,000 for the Utah Pride Center, a Salt Lake City-based gay rights group.
Around 50 people had already signed up to take part in the Weber County Rainbow Flag effort, according to Horns.
The Ogden-area LGBTQ community may be smaller than Salt Lake City’s, “but I wouldn’t say (it’s) any less proud or visible,” Horns said. “I think Ogden and Salt Lake City share a lot of similarities. They’re really tolerant communities, loving communities.”
Project Rainbow is planning a rainbow flag initiative in Washington County for St. George Pride activities, scheduled for Sept. 16-23.