Friends at Salt Lake Pride Festival 2019
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LGBTQ Salt Lake

Yes, Salt Lake is LGBTQIA friendly. And we don’t just mean that in a corporate speak way. We have the history to prove it. Visit Salt Lake (that’s us, the folks behind this site) belongs to IGLTA—an organization committed to advancing LGBTQ travel—for over 6 years.

Since 1983, Utah Pride has been held in Salt Lake. Today, this annual 3-day festival hosts national headlining acts like Betty Who. The event draws tens of thousands of queers and allies to downtown. All identities, orientations, and lifestyles are celebrated at this raucous event. But it hasn’t forgotten its activist roots. The event still kicks off with a march at the Utah State Capitol each year.

Man holding Pride Salt Lake Flag

Utah Pride Center

The annual Utah Pride Festival and Parade is a program of the Utah Pride Center. The center is a community-based organization that provides support, education, outreach, and advocacy for queer individuals and their allies.

Many programs and services are generated through collaboration with other community organizations and partners.


More recently, LOVELOUD Fest has made waves by celebrating the LGBTQ community with a day of music. All proceeds from ticket sales go to the LOVELOUD Foundation which supports local and national LGBTQ charities. 


LGBTQ Friendly Businesses & Organizations

We don’t have room here to list every gay-friendly business and organization in Salt Lake. Since the days of The Crystal Lounge in the 1940s, Salt Lake has had gay bars. Today, the queer community meets at bars like Try-Angles and Metro, cafes like Coffee Garden, and restaurants like Laziz Kitchen. Local arts groups and theaters take pride in welcoming the LGBTQ community into their productions. And in Capitol Hill’s Marmalade District, you’ll find the gayborhood which includes The Garage, Salt Lake City Public Library-Marmalade, Salt Lake Acting Company, Em’s Café, Mountain West Cider, and more. 


Laziz Kitchen & Moudi Sbeity

Having immigrated to Salt Lake from Lebanon at age 18, Moudi Sbeity—co-owner of Laziz Kitchen, farmer’s market mainstay, muhammara master, and out-and-proud “hummus sexual”—is our most recent feature of Salt of the Earth: The People and Places of Salt Lake. Moudi went from making batches of hummus

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Visit Salt Lake has been a member of IGLTA for over 6 years.




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