David Testo and Real Salt Lake Do Utah Pride
“Join the Pride” is a mantra for Real Salt Lake that played itself out over the weekend as the club supported Utah Pride and its Grand Marshal David Testo.
Testo is the first Major League Soccer alumnus to come out of the closet as well as the first out man to be elected to the US Soccer Athletic Council. He serves on the board of the You Can Play Project, too. He told Utah Pride:
I’m very honored and proud to be a part of such a special event like Pride in Utah. For me it is special because I know where the country stands right now and it’s a very pivotal moment for LGBT people. The movement we are trying to create towards equality is like a snowball turning into an avalanche and Salt Lake City is a place where this message is so important. I hope I can help whoever needs it, be an inspiration for others, and spread the word of equality and acceptance.
Not only was David Testo Grand Marshal, but Real Salt Lake was also represented in the day’s festivities. Defender Chris Wingert was there to sign autographs along with RSL alumnus and broadcaster Brian Dunseth. Mascot Leo the Lion joined the two of them and Testo in the parade. Dunny shared some cool pictures on Instagram:
The Utah Pride Center is having a special night at Rio Tinto Stadium on June 22, with discounted tickets at $20, five of which goes toward the work of the Center. Details are at their website.