A new partnership between the Logan Pride Foundation and the Salt Lake City-based Project Rainbow aims to fill Cache Valley with queer flags for this year’s Logan Pride week.
“I would just like to see every neighborhood from Avon to Preston just littered in rainbows,” said Crista Sorenson, the vice president of Logan Pride.
Project Rainbow was started last year by Lucas Horns as a way for Utahns to show their support for their LGBTQ neighbors and community members.
Salt Lake City’s Pride Fest was the first event Horns did. He said he anticipated putting out about 100 flags but instead, around 500 people requested one. The next year, the number nearly tripled to about 1,400.
“It’s no surprise, but it is definitely really validating and reassuring to me,” Horns said.
The project has since expanded to other cities in the state, including Ogden, Provo and St. George. This year is the first time Project Rainbow will work with the Logan Pride Center.
Cache Valley residents who want to participate in Project Rainbow can sign up online to have one of the project’s flags placed outside their home or business on Sept. 8 and taken down on Sept. 15, the day after the Logan Pride Festival.
Donations for flags are $15 and the proceeds go to the Logan Pride Center. Group discounts are available for bulk flag requests, and local residents can also volunteer to stake flags.
“Encouraging community support is really important so our queer community recognizes that they are loved and welcome and safe in the community,” Sorenson said. “By community members participating in this program, it’s a way to actively support those in the community who identify on the queer spectrum.”
In 1978, the San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed the rainbow flag as a rallying symbol for the LGBTQ+ community. Horns said the rainbow spectrum represents that those in the queer community span a variety of races, ages, religions and other demographics.
“The rainbow is a really broad, accepting symbol for anybody who understands that we really need to love each other,” Horns said.
By displaying rainbow flags in the community, Horns hopes queer individuals will find more safe spaces in the valley.
“If one queer kid who doesn’t feel like they have supporters up in Logan sees a neighbor with a queer flag and feels a little more welcome and little more loved, I think we will be successful,” Horns said.
To sign up for a rainbow flag or to volunteer to help, visit projectrainbowutah.org.