To commemorate the beginning of Pride Month, Seattle City Hall will raise the Pride Flag for the first time in its history. Mayor Mike McGinn and Senator Ed Murray will be on hand to mark the timely event, as will pioneers in the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
The free event is open to the public and will take place at 4th Avenue and James Street at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1.
“The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle’s longstanding commitment to equality,” McGinn said in a statement. “By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall, we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all.”
City Hall opened its doors for 140 weddings the first day it was legal for same-sex couples to wed in December 2012.
“We are excited to be able to host this event and play a role in this historic occasion,” said Sabina Neem, Co-Chair the Seattle LGBT Commission. “As the first Pride festivities following marriage equality in Washington State, it is especially fitting as we move forward in thinking about how we build an inclusive LGBTQ movement”.
“SEqual is incredibly proud that the City of Seattle continues to support LGBTQ employees and community in raising the Pride Flag at City Hall,” said Amy Herndon, co-chair of SEqual, the organization of City of Seattle employees supporting equal rights for all. “We are proud to be part of a municipality that desires to lead in inclusivity and diversity.”
“While we are in no way defined by the colors of the rainbow, so to speak, it is vitally important to remember that visibility is an accessible bridge between those who fight against our civil rights movement and those who walk alongside us toward full inclusion in all 50 states,” said Sarah Toce, editor-in-chief of The Seattle Lesbian and vice president of Social Outreach Seattle (SOSea).
Toce added, “Our work is not done. But for one month…let us celebrate how far we have come.”
The Pride Flag will fly June 1 and June 30 alongside the U.S. Flag. A banner is expected to stay at the site throughout the month.