Ah, Pride. It’s that time of year when lashes, staches, leather, lace, and egos come out to play in all the rainbow attire fit for the Target gods. We have the scoop on some salacious news pertaining to one of Seattle’s annual Pride events occurring on Capitol Hill June 10-11, 2017.
The City of Seattle issued Museum of Legends and Lore (a.k.a Capitol Hill Pride Festival March & Rally in Seattle) permits for constitutionally protected free speech marches and rallies on June 10 and June 11. The Seattle Lesbian has learned that the event organizers were notified on May 11, June 1 and June 8 that street parking reservation and street closures for tables, vendor booths, portable toilets, and other event set up were not granted as part of the permits issued for June 10 and June 11. Even with this warning, portable toilets and barricades have been delivered – without approved permitting by the City.
If the group refuses to abide by City of Seattle rules regarding permitting, it is expected they could be sued up to (and potentially more than) $60,000.
The organizers include Charlette LeFevre, Philip Lipson, David Kennedy, and a committee of local residents. LeFevre regularly offers commentary on the Seattle P.I. blog “The Charlotte Report.” A source tells The Seattle Lesbian this isn’t the first time the City’s put their foot down on permitting issues with this particular group.
According to a statement June 9, 2017: “The City of Seattle issues permits for constitutionally-protected free speech events. City-issued permits ensure sufficient measures are in place to maintain public safety, meet sanitation standards, and manage the flow of traffic. All aspects of an event – including the presence of tables, vendor booths, portable toilets, signage, and other equipment that impedes the right of way (sidewalks and streets) – must be approved by the issued permit. Events that violate an issued permit by adding features without approval are subject to recourse by the City of Seattle, including removal and citations.”
A full schedule of events slated for Capitol Hill Pride Festival March & Rally is located here.
This is a developing story.