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The Utah Pride Festival is a festival held in downtown Salt Lake City in June, celebrating Utah's diversity and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender populations. The event is a program of The Utah Pride Center. It includes the state’s second-largest parade . In 2004 an estimated 50,000 people attended, the largest since the festival began in 1977 when the "Salt Lake Coalition for Human Rights" sponsored a three-day conference. The 1977 keynote speakers were David Kopay, the first NFL player to come out of the closet, and Air Force Sgt. Leonard Matlovich, an ex-Mormon who was the first out gay person ever to appear on the cover of Time Magazine. Affirmation: Gay & Lesbian Mormons (then called "Gay Mormons United") was also founded during this conference, on June 11, 1977. 
However, in 2005, the first year in which an admission was charged attendance at the festival was between 15,000 and 20,000. Some have attributed this decline to patrons not wanting to pay for the festival.  Utah Pride organizers, however, argue that 2005 was the first year in which an accurate method of counting the attendance were employed, and that the numbers did not reflect a drop in attendance. 
Aspects of the Utah Pride include the Parade and Festival, a film festival, Dyke March, interfaith service, 5K charity run and related parties and receptions.
Participation in the Festival cuts across a broad spectrum of Salt Lakers. Past speakers during the celebration have ranged from Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, who was quoted in support of same sex marriage, to Rep. Jackie Biskupski, the state’s first openly gay state legislator.
The 2007 Utah Pride Celebration is planned for June 1-June 3 in downtown Salt Lake City.
|Year||Dates||Festival name||Theme||Estimated attendance|
|1977||June 10-12||Human Rights||400|
|1983||A Day in the Park|
|2001||June 7-10||Utah Pride||Embracing Diversity|
|2002||June 1-2, June 5, June8-9||Utah Pride|
|2003||Be Yourself Out Loud|
|2004||June 11-June 13||Utah Pride||Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!|
|2005||June 8 - June 12||Utah Pride||Equal Rights. No More. No Less.||15,000 - 20,000|
|2006||June 1-June 4||Utah Pride||Pride, Not Predjudice||20,000|
|2007||June 1-June 3||Utah Pride||United for Equality|
|2008||June6-June 8||Utah Pride||Come Together|
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