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Sun Sep 5, 2021, 06:43 AM

I thought I was alone, but I am not -- BYU students and Provo residents gather for LGBTQ festival

The festival was held at Kiwanis Park in Provo and was organized by The RaYnbow Collective, a student-run organization that works to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ students and allies at BYU.



‘I thought I was alone, but clearly I am not’ — BYU students and Provo residents gather for LGBTQ festival

Attendees marched to show support for the LGBTQ community after the first week of the fall semester at BYU.

By Connor Sanders | Sep. 4, 2021, 10:06 p.m.

More than 1,000 people gathered for a march, live music and speeches at the Back 2 School Pride Night in Provo on Saturday. Many of the Provo residents and Brigham Young University students in attendance draped rainbow flags, Trans Pride Flags or Bisexual Pride Flags over their backs like capes.

The festival was held at Kiwanis Park in Provo and was organized by The RaYnbow Collective, a student-run organization that works to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ students and allies at BYU.

Maddison Tenney, founder of The Raynbow Collective, started the organization last year after she saw some anti-LGBTQ flyers reading “Are you afraid of the rainbow?” posted on BYU’s campus. She made an Instagram account after seeing the flyers and began organizing events like the Back 2 School Pride night earlier this year.

“Our goal is to connect students to existing organizations, and to give spaces for students to feel safe on and off campus,” Tenney said. “That’s the goal of this event, to connect students and community members to each other so they can support each other and treat each other kindly. Because there’s so many resources out there.”

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