Gay Moab, Utah – Travel Pulse

Author: , February 2nd, 2018

Gay Moab - Paul Heney

Moab’s always sort of been stuck in my head.

Maybe it’s the funny sounding name, which doesn’t sound familiar or quite like anything else. Or maybe because it’s always seemed like a cool, young, progressive place—but buried in a red state that never sounded terribly welcoming to a gay man like me.

Over my years of traveling (including a couple of trips to or through Utah), I never quite got there. And the few friends I knew who did go all seemed to be focused on mountain biking, which was not something that I was into.
But on a recent trip to experience several of Utah’s impressive National Parks, we decided that Moab would make an excellent home base to visit both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. But we also wanted to do something memorable in the area beyond hiking. What could it be?

We ate dinner at Pasta Jay’s right in downtown Moab—good food and huge portions—and discussed our options. (We also giggled at the restaurant’s logo, as the big curvy J looked like a cursive G, making the menu appear to say, “Pasta Gay’s.” Obviously, we’d picked the right place.)

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Gay Pride in Moab, Utah

Author: , October 27th, 2011

Moab Gay PrideThe event started after Amy Stocks saw a video from The Onion about a small town throwing a pride festival for its only gay man, and she shared it on Facebook asking when her hometown would do the same.

After Amy Stocks and her partner Ali Lingel watched a satiric video from The Onion about a small town throwing a pride festival for its only gay man, she posted the video on her Facebook page with a note asking when her own hometown, Moab, Utah, was going to throw a party for her. The response eventually turned into the city’s first ever LGBT Pride parade and festival, an event that attracted a full 10% of its citizens.

For Moab — a small town nestled between Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, in rural conservative southern Utah — last month’s Pride was more than just a party and a parade. It was a political statement heard far beyond the city’s borders, in part because the state’s predominant religion — the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the official name of the Mormon faith) — has been in the national spotlight all year and in LGBT crosshairs for several more.

Full Story from The Advocate

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UT: Moab to Have First Pride Parade

Author: , September 30th, 2011

A gay pride march in conservative southern Utah was so unlikely that the idea started as a joke. But Amy Stocks figured it was about time, especially after the positive feedback she received online when she posted a satirical video about a small town that threw a pride festival for its one gay resident.

“I posted that video on my Facebook wall jokingly, but there was a lot of response from other locals saying, ‘We should do this,'” said Stocks, 34. “It exploded from there. The response was overwhelming.”

With help from Seattle transplant Ali Lingel, Moab’s first gay pride “visibility march” and festival has been scheduled for Saturday. She and Stocks expect between 500 and 1,000 to participate in the mile-long march that starts at Swanny City Park in downtown.

Full Story from The Republic

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