WARNING: Explicit language
About 20 protesters hurled anti-LGBTQ remarks at patrons outside of Club Jam on Friday, the night of the Pride Festival Opening Ceremonies.
“Pretty toxic stuff,” said Shane Curtis, who heard the disturbance from his recording studio across the street.
Police arrived around 1 a.m. and warned the protesters — who wore jackets customized with anti-LGBTQ text and held 10-foot signs — against disturbing the peace and blocking pedestrians, according to Salt Lake City Lt. Scott Smalley.
One protester outside the club at 751 N. 300 West had a megaphone, but was told to stop using it by police.
“For the most part, it’s a religious group that is preaching against homosexuality,” Smalley said.