From The Advocate:
By hosting Pride in Moab, LGBT organizers recognized that their little town could potentially impact the entire state “by raising awareness and encouraging understanding and acceptance of LGBTQI people,” said Sallie Hodges, Moab Pride Festival Creative Director. “Having attended many Pride festivals in cities such as London, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, I can’t help but feel that this festival is as important if not more so than the bigger metropolitan festivals.”
Hodges says the success of the festival really “opened up an awareness within the community that there are LGBTQ people out there. If there was one 15-year-old struggling with their sexuality and feeling isolated then I think that them knowing the festival was happening and that they are not alone means we accomplished what we set out to achieve — it’s one step closer to equality and acceptance.”
I don’t think there’s anything more I can add to that.