Seattle Pride in conjunction with Kontent Partners are honored to announce the release of this short film commemorating the 40th anniversary of Pride in Seattle. The film outlines the beginnings of Pride Week in 1974 as well as the lasting change it created featuring interviews with the original organizers and participants of that event along with contemporary members of the LGBTQ community.


From BSA to BPSA: kicked out Boy Scout troop finds new home in Baden-Powell Service Association

By Eric Blu Martin for Seattle Pride

Boy Scouts lead Pride Parade
 

JUNE 26, SEATTLE — For those who believe the biggest hurdles of the LGBTQ community are centered in marriage equality, I presentScoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath. He's had an action-packed couple of months leading Seattle's 98th Rainier troop of the Baden-Powell Service Association. The 98th Rainier used to be Troop 98 and Pack 98 of the Boy Scouts of America until McGrath (who is openly gay and an Eagle Scout, himself) contributed to a news item profiling troops in the BSA. He was asked about his husband, and answered honestly and openly. After all, "scout's honor" is not only real, but is the main ideal of the Scout Law. According to McGrath, it all started "on the heels of last year's Pride parade where we had 'warm wishes' expressed from Rob McKenna," (the Rob McKenna) "who is the current Council President of Chief Seattle Council of Boy Scouts of America. BSA, nationally, had said that there were to be no Scouts marching in Pride parades. That is their position. Read full story...

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to be honored as Community Grand Marshal

JUNE 25, SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is one of the most accomplished elected officials in Washington State and a driving force in advancing LGBT rights. Prior to being elected as our 53rd Mayor, Ed Murray represented Seattle's 43rd Legislative District for nearly 20 years. His contributions to LGBT leadership reach as far back as 1988 when he managed Cal Anderson's campaign as Washington State's first openly gay legislator. We are honored to celebrate Mayor Ed Murray as a community grand marshal of Seattle Pride's 40th Anniversary, "Generations of Pride."

Born in Aberdeen, Washington as one of seven children from a working class family, Mayor Murray spent most of his childhood on Alki in West Seattle before attending the University of Portland for a degree in Sociology. Murray first came out as a gay man in 1980, and now lives on Capitol Hill with his husband and partner of 22 years, Michael Shiosaki. Read full story...

1974 Seattle Pride activists join Seattle Pride Parade as special guests

JUNE 24, SEATTLE — Seattle Pride is honored to announce that Rebecca Valrejean, David Neth and many other 1974 Seattle Pride activists who took bold steps out of the closet in the years following Stonewall, will beparticipating as Special Guests in this year's Seattle Pride Parade.

Valrejean, a musician, performance artist, and activist, will perform along side Patrick Haggerty and the Lavender Countryband, who also participated in the original Pride Week. Neth and the other activists will sit opposite Lavender Country on the Official Seattle Pride Float.

Today, Seattle Pride Week is the one of the country's largest free pride celebrations. This year's parade is expected to draw record crowds, but, as Neth explains, Pride Week began modestly. "We were a little bit behind the times in Seattle, in some ways. [In the 1970s,] we were a little backwater. We started [Pride] three, four years after other places." Through community fundraising and donations from LGBT-owned businesses, the original Seattle Pride Week was produced with a $500 budget. Read full story...

Seattle Pride Parade takes over downtown Seattle on Sunday, June 29

JUNE 23, SEATTLE — Seattle Pride welcomes the entire Seattle community and region to join us for the Seattle Pride Parade, presented by T-Mobile and BECU, on June 29 at 11:00am along 4th Avenue, downtown.

Celebrating 40 Years of Seattle Pride, this year's parade promises to be the best yet, with a long list of prominent community members and organizations participating in this year's celebration. This year's parade theme, Generations of Pride, aims to celebrate the history of the Northwest's LGBT rights movement and advance the ongoing progress the LGBT community has made since first coming out in 1974, the year of the inaugural Seattle Pride celebration. Read full story...

Starbucks headquarters raises largest pride flag in Seattle for pride week

Pride flag raised at Starbucks HQJUNE 23, SEATTLE — Starbucks is making Seattle history today by raising an enormous 800 square foot flag over their headquarters in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Seattle Pride.

A gesture as simple as flying a flag might not seem like much on face, but it represents another step forward for the LGBT community as companies all around Seattle both recognize and celebrate the LGBT community by raising the rainbow flag thisweek.

Supporting the LGBT community, Starbucks not only comes down on the right side of history, theysignify that they welcome and support everyone, regardless of their sexuality.

"We are thrilled that Starbucks is showing their support for the LGBT community in this verybig, very public way," says Adam McRoberts, Communications Director for Seattle Pride. "The flag flying over their headquarters will welcome thousands of visitors coming to Seattle to celebrate Pride this week and is a testament to the support Starbucks has shown the LGBT community over the years."

The Seattle Pride celebrations culminate this Sunday with the Pride Parade on 4th Avenue downtown and PrideFest at Seattle Center. Read full story...

2014 official Seattle Pride poster released

by Peter Johnson

Seattle Pride PosterJUNE 18, SEATTLE — Seattle Pride, the organizers of the 2014 Pride Parade and other Pride Month events, is excited to announce the release of this year's official Seattle Pride poster. The flyer is a recreation of the poster from Seattle's first pride, held in 1974. Originally drawn by Joseph Velez, the 2014 poster was traced from the original by artist Brian Donahue of Seattle.

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 festivities. Read full story...

Seattle Pride to make final 2006 debt payment to city of Seattle

JUNE 13, SEATTLE — Seattle Pride is proud to announce that on June 14, at the Seattle Pride Picnic, the organization will make it's final $15,000 debt payment to the City of Seattle resulting from cost overruns at the 2006 Pride Festival at Seattle Center. Mayor Ed Murray will accept the final payment on behalf of the City at 2:00 pm on the Pride Picnic Stage in Volunteer Park. Read full story...

King County Executive Dow Constantine to be honored as Community Grand Marshal

JUNE 12, SEATTLE— For his unwavering commitment to help the LGBTQ community of Washington State in the fight for equal rights, Seattle Pride has the great honor of announcing King County Executive Dow Constantine as a Community Grand Marshal of the 40th Anniversary of SeattlePride. Executive Constantine has been a long time ally to the LGBT community, partnering with leaders like Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Joe McDermott for the advancement of pro-LGBT legislation. Read full story...

Seattle Women’s Pride to feature Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu, The Voice’s Vicci Martinez and more

JUNE 10, SEATTLE— Seattle Women's Pride 2014 is shaping up to be the Pride event of the season with headliner Vicci Martinez (NBC's The Voice), Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu (first woman of color and openly-gay justice on the Washington State Supreme Court), and Jennifer Hopper ("The Bravest Woman in Seattle") on the agenda! Martinez is an American singer/songwriter from Tacoma, Washington, who is now signed with Republic Records. She came in third on NBC's singing competition series The Voice in 2011. Read full story...

Leaders join King County Council in proclaiming June Pride month

King County CouncilJUNE 10, SEATTLE— Seattle lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocates attended Monday's King County Council meeting at 1:30 p.m. to proclaim June 2014 Gay Pride Month. Councilmembers Joe McDermott and Dave Upthegrove took the podium to make the official speeches, and were followed by community members from local LGBT organizations. Read full story...

Ruth Soto named 2014 Seattle Pride Idol

JUNE 9, SEATTLE— Seattle Pride Idol, presented by T-Mobile, wrapped up it's season last night at Neighbours Nightclub with several performances that brought the packed venue to it's feet.

12 Finalists from the regular weekly competitions returned to the stage for one last chance to sing for the judges for an attempt to become the 2014 Seattle Pride Idol. Host Olivia LaGarce was joined by the always fabulous Mama Tits, both of whom gave stunning performances, kept everyone entertained throughout the evening and somehow managed to wrangle the 8 Finale Judges including Jack Mozie, Michael Allen, Xanna Don't, Michael Strangeways, Aleksa Manila, Robbie Turner, Egan Orion and 2013 Pride Idol, Scott Crawford. Read full story...

Seattle to break Guinness world record with world's largest drag queen stage show

JUNE 5, SEATTLE— Sinfinite Events in conjunction with Seattle Pride and SeattleGayScene.com are proud to present"The World's Largest Drag Queen Stage Show" at Neighbours Nightclub for a special Pride month edition of the weekly early 2000's dance party "HollaBack Thursdays" with hostess Isaac Scott and DJ Bret Law. The World's Largest Drag Queen Stage Show plans to break a Guinness World Record set in Niagara, Canada in 2012 with 39 drag queens in a single stage performance. On June 19th Seattle will attempt to break the record with 40 local drag queens taking to the stage in 1 amazing performance celebrating the 40th anniversary of Seattle Pride! Read full story...

Seattle Pride Parade to go smoke free with help from Gay City

JUNE 5, SEATTLE— Seattle Pride is pleased to announce that this year's Pride Parade will be smoke-free.

"This year is historic in so many ways," states Adam McRoberts, Communications Director of Seattle Pride. "As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, this is just one more way we're looking to make history, marking the first time we've asked participants in the parade to refrain from smoking while marching."

"This is a bold move," states Fred Swanson, Executive Director of Gay City, a local LGBT health organization. "The high rate of smoking and smoke exposure in LGBT communities has real consequences." He adds, "research from the Washington State Department of Health shows that LGB people in Washington State are more likely to have asthma, diabetes and heart disease than the general population, and though significant data about trans populations in Washington is only now being looked at, it is clear that trans folks experience significant health disparities." Read full story...

Justice Mary Yu Special Guest at 2014 Seattle Pride Parade

MAY 27, SEATTLE— Seattle Pride, the lead organizer for Seattle's annual Pride Parade, has invited newly appointed state Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu to ride at the front of the upcoming 2014 Seattle Pride Parade as a special guest. Governor Inslee appointed Justice Yu to the state Supreme Court on May 1st. She is the first openly LGBT Justice to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court. Read full story...

Gay City and Out In Front announced as Community Grand Marshals

by Jeff Cornejo

MAY 14, SEATTLE— The history of our community has always been a mixture of joy and struggle. If it weren't for our ability to work together, the many challenges posed by intolerance, prejudice, inequality, and at times our own ignorance and fear, would never be overcome. This is why we at Seattle Pride recognize the important role LGBT organizations play in educating and organizing our community. Gay City and Out in Front are two Seattle Based organizations rendering just that, programs and services aimed at progress. We are proud to announce Gay City and Out In Front as Community Grand Marshals during the 40th Anniversary of Seattle Pride. Read full story...

Pioneering band Lavender Country to play in 2014 Seattle Pride Parade

by Peter Johnson

MAY 7, SEATTLE— Seattle Pride is proud to announce that Lavender Country, a Country Music Hall of Fame-honored band, will perform at the head of the annual Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29, 2014.

Lavender Country performed at the initial Seattle Pride in 1974, the year after releasing their self-titled debut album. The band is considered the first out and proud LGBTQ country music act.

Lavender Country, the band's 1973 album, was recently reissued and is available via Paradise of Bachelors Records on iTunes, Amazon, and the band's website. The record has received acclaim from outlets such as Pitchfork and Grantland.

Lavender Country will perform on a float featuring fellow organizers of the 1974 Seattle Pride. 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. Read full story...

Trans* activist Danielle Askini and Three Dollar Bill Cinema announced as Community Grand Marshals

by Jeff Cornejo

April 23, Seattle — As part of this year's Generations of Pride theme, Seattle Pride is pleased to honor Three Dollar Bill Cinema and Danielle Askini, both of whom work to increase awareness of our city's diverse LGBT community, as Community Grand Marshals for the 2014 Seattle Pride Parade. Read full story...

Grand Marshal announcements continue as 40th Anniversary of Seattle Pride approaches

by Jeff Cornejo

April 16, Seattle — Seattle Pride received over 60 nominees for Grand Marshals last December during a community meeting open to the public at Agnes Underground. Among the drafted honorees was George Takei who was announced in March as the Celebrity Grand Marshal to lead the parade. The list of nominees was narrowed down to a select few that represent the diversity of our community and, highlight the various ways wecome together to ensure equal rights and social justice for the LGBT community. Read full story...

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