Utah Pride Festival Bans Porn Site For Fetishizing Gay Mormons

Utah Pride's Mike Parsons said the site "does not represent [our] community."

The owner of an adult website that fetishizes Mormons has criticized the organizers of Utah Pride for denying his site the right to be a vendor at the 2016 festival in Salt Lake City, citing the site’s content as being inappropriate.

LeGrand Wolf started the site MormonBoyz dot com during the 2012 presidential race, when Mitt Romney gained national attention as what could have been America’s first Mormon president. It mostly features explicit sex scenes between older men posing as Mormon elders and young missionaries under titles like “Elder Brown: Corrupted and Curious,” and “Elder White’s Disciplinary Action.”

According to Wolf, he applied online to become a vendor at Utah Pride in June and was quickly approved. Five days later, however, he received an email rescinding his approval.

City Weekly reports that in the email, vendor coordinator Mike Parsons told LeGrand that Pride Utah’s board “unanimously agreed [the website] is not something we feel comfortable having” because the festival must “be aware of the community that we live in and that we are a part of,” and that Wolf’s site “does not represent part of that community.”

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Calling the judgement “ridiculous and offensive,” Wolf wondered aloud if the Mormon Church, which donated $2,5000 to the Utah Pride Center for the first time ever in July 2015, somehow influenced the decision.

“We were interested in coming in wearing suit and tie, with missionary name badges, fully clothed, not gyrating in our underwear on a flatbed truck to music and simulating sex,” he said. “I don’t know what anyone is so terrified of; no one was asking for an endorsement. How could it be any more perfect for the Utah Pride celebration?”

“Other adult companies like CockyBoys in New York City and Men [dot com] in Atlanta and others are recruited by the Pride groups to come in. In L.A., they actually have the ’Erotic City’ a zoned-off section where minors can’t come in.”

Speaking with City Weekly, Carol Gnade, executive director of the Utah Pride Center, said Wolf’s initial application was approved by mistake.

“The issue is not about censorship of what they do,” she said. “It’s the appropriateness of it, and the kind of celebration that we have for our community, and the fact that we have such a broad spectrum of ages.”

She added that Utah Pride is “firm in our decision,” and that Wolf will not be welcome this year.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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