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Utah County commissioner looks to pull taxpayer funding from the Freedom Festival after parade organizers reject LGBTQ groups

“I am beyond disappointed in the ‘freedom festival’s’ decision to continue to exclude and discriminate against members of our community,” Ivie wrote in a tweet Wednesday night time. “America is a place where we celebrate diversity, embrace differences and celebrate each other.”

In a answer, Ivie added, “I’m going to try to pull the funding for this year!”

Ivie is preserving a information convention at 10 a.m. lately in entrance of the Provo City Building to speak about the Freedom Festival’s determination.

Organizers of America’s Freedom Festival introduced Wednesday that it will no longer permit 22 candidates into its July Fourth parade as a result of they “were deemed outside the parameters of the parade guidelines.” These incorporated 5 LGBTQ groups, two of whom filed a joint utility.

“If no LGBT group gets into the parade, the message is inescapable: LGBT people are not welcome in the Freedom Festival, and they’re not welcome in Provo,” Kendall Wilcox, a member of Mormons Building Bridges, mentioned Wednesday. The groups intend to problem the determination, Wilcox mentioned.

One of the groups rejected is Encircle, which helps LGBTQ teenagers.

“They said [the parade] was celebrating patriotism and our [proposed entry] was not celebrating patriotism,” mentioned Stephanie Larsen, the founding father of Encircle. “I’m shocked. I’m very shocked. We labored hard and long hoping that they might come round.

Encircle’s utility used to be approved forward of the 2017 parade, however organizers pulled the approval simply hours earlier than the parade began, mentioning Encircle an “advocacy workforce.”

The Salt Lake Tribune will replace this tale all over the day.

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