March 3, Seattle — Seattle Out & Proud, the organizers of Seattle Pride, are pleased to announce the theme for 2014 Pride, Generations of Pride, in honor of the 40th anniversary of Seattle's LGBTQ Pride celebration.
2014 Pride aims to celebrate the history of the Northwest's LGBTQ rights movement and advance the ongoing progress the LGBTQ community has made since first coming out in 1974, the year of the inaugural Seattle Pride celebration.
Seattle Pride will focus on honoring the history of the LGBTQ pride movement and highlighting the ongoing struggle for equality in Seattle and around the world. The pioneering activists who organized the first Seattle Pride Week will lead the parade and participate in events throughout Pride. Lavender Country, the queer-led, Country Music Hall of Fame honored band that performed at 1974 Pride, will be featured at the Pride Parade with performances during the parade.
2014 Pride will honor the contributions of generations of queer activists and seek to spur further action on LGBTQ equality. The movement has never been stronger, and the Generations of Pride theme will serve as an excellent opportunity to celebrate recent successes in the movement for equal rights, especially the recent approval of marriage equality in Washington State and in many other places nationwide.
By honoring the pioneers of the LGBTQ equality movement, the Generations of Pride theme will show Pride attendees the long journey that queer people have made since first coming out of the closet in the 1960s and 1970s, and provide an opportunity to honor the brave people who first put LGBTQ rights on the public agenda.
2014 Pride will also seek to create a conversation within the LGBTQ community about continuing opportunities for activism in Washington and around the world. Washington has had many recent successes in promoting LGBTQ equality, and 2014 Pride will provide many further opportunities to leverage that momentum in order to protect the rights and safety of vulnerable LGBTQ people worldwide.
Seattle Out and Proud is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Pride Idol, Pride Brunch and the Seattle Pride Picnic.
For sponsorship information for 2014 Seattle Pride, please contact Northwest Polite Society at firstname.lastname@example.org