Pride Story Garden Shares Stories Of Struggle, Acceptance

The Pride Story Garden is on display at Washington Square as a part of Pride Week.

(SALT LAKE CITY, UT) — A unique exhibit was put on display in Washington Square as part of Utah Pride Week. Members of the LGBTQ+ community created a Story Garden to celebrate the individual and collective stories of their struggle for acceptance.

Organizers of the Pride Story Garden said COVID-19 forced them to come up with a different way to celebrate without a festival. As you walk through the story garden, you’ll see colorful presentations of pride organizations, sharing the stories of those communities and individuals.

“The Pride Garden is a very unique experience that is only happening once in our lifetime,” said Jonathan Foulk, CEO of the Utah Pride Center.

They started to celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in Utah. The display Inside the Story Garden shares the story of the LGBTQ+ community in Utah and its individuals and their love for the community over the last 30 years. That’s when the Utah Pride Center was established.

“We’re bringing the community together, especially this year, showing that you can be queer, you can be loud and you can be proud and we’re so excited to welcome the community back,” said Foulk.

“It really is bringing the history of the LGBTQ community to life. This is the largest LGBTQ exhibit in the country that has never been done to the size and scale before,” said Foulk.

The Story Garden runs through Monday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Tickets are available online at utahpride.org or at Washington Square.