The fourth annual Gay Day at the Zoo will be May 14 and attendance is expected to be higher than ever. The event is organized by the Gay Escape, a safe and social environment for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
“The event is for everybody,” said Dan Nichols, the Gay Escape vice president. “We do an activity every month and we wanted to have one that was really family-friendly that everybody can enjoy. This isn’t just for gay men. It’s for friends, allies and family.”
The group will have members at the zoo all day, but it officially starts at 1 p.m. and a group photo will be taken near the entrance at 3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to wear red so that everyone can recognize who is involved with the event.
The Gay Escape started in 2004 in Provo as a way for gay men to “escape” from the BYU culture, said Nichols.
“We do monthly activities and try to provide a safe place to socialize and meet friends in an area that doesn’t involve drugs or drinking,” Nichols said. “We also like to help people that might be struggling with religious issues and being gay. We want everyone to feel comfortable at our activities.”
For more information about the Gay Day at the Zoo, go the Gay Escape page on Facebook. Entrance to the zoo is $9 for adults and $7 for children. But for groups of 20 or more, a dollar is taken off each admission.