The frustration caused by bigoted companies is rampant in Utah Valley. However, one may be surprised but the number of companies that are LGBT friendly. I will address those in due time. This post is about a company that pushed their bigotry and hypocrisy a little too far.
For those of you that do not know much about Utah Valley, in the south end there is a town called Provo. This town is home to Utah’s (3 years running) Provo Pride! This year a little drama happened.
First let me back step a moment to tell you about where this all started.
I am a published author in Peculiar, Utah’s only queer literary Journal.
The poster for the launch party was posted in the window of the store.
We believed that this would be the start of a fantastic relationship with Pioneer Book… Until Provo Pride 2015 rolled around.
Here I will pause for just a moment. Pioneer Book considers itself an LDS friendly bookstore. Next door to the book store is a bar (City Limits) which has been there for much longer than the book store. City Limits hosts a weekly drag night on Friday nights. Up until Pride, there were no problems between the two.
Now I will continue. “The owner came out and said we couldn’t put our flags in front of his store. I said, ‘Oh! You don’t support Provo Pride?!’ he said ‘no.’ He said ‘It’s corporate rules.’ But there is only ONE Pioneer Book.” said Tosh Metzger.
Now, while this isn’t appropriate behavior for a business, our community would have left it alone if not for one fact. Pioneer Book had hosted Peculiar. AND they still had the sign up in their window.
More than a little irritated, and being the flamboyant group we are… We decided to protest in our own way. Showing our PRIDE in front of their store.
During the break, Big Springs Photography took photos of the group who posed in silliness and protest.
Now, many in the church would have expected something a little more “Violent” from a crowd of “GAYS.” However, we are a very loving and non-violent group of people. (Though there are a few violent ones in any group.) Instead, we chose to protest with fun and peace.
When some of our group realized just how hypocritical the store was, they decided to pose with the poster for the LGBTQA Journal that was STILL in their window!
A man of the cloth even removed his religious clothing so that he could be a part of the protest; showing both his support of the LGBTQA community and his pride as a member of our armed forces.
You are allowed to have your opinions and your views. You do not have to show us support inside your store, nor do you have to participate in pride. However, you are NOT allowed to refuse a peaceful display of our pride on public property, nor are you allowed to pretend that you are open-minded and accepting by hosting a queer reading.
You are not accepting, and we see you. We will not do anything to hurt you or your store. But if you continue to lash out at our community… We will continue our peaceful-prideful-and loving protest of taking photos in front of your store and posting them all over the internet.
ENJOY PRIDE Y’ALL!!!
If you would like to contact Pioneer book:
450 West Center
Provo, Utah 84601
If you would like to purchase a copy of Peculiar: Click HERE