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.


Seattle Pride Opens Registration for 2015 Parade

NOVEMBER 30, SEATTLE - Seattle Pride is excited to announce the opening of its parade registration beginning Monday, December 1, 2014. Interested parties should click the Register Now button to secure their spot in the 41st

On June 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., the Seattle Pride Parade will kick off at 4th Avenue & Union, proceeding north along 4th Avenue to Denny Way. This is a Rain or Shine event and great for singletons, couples, our allies, families and friends. Read the press release here.

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...

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