January 30, 2017 – SEATTLE – Seattle Pride has announced the 2017 Pride Parade theme, which will be “Indivisible.”
The official announcement was made on January 20, 2017 by Seattle Pride President Kevin Toovey, at the Planned Parenthood event, We Defy: Voices and Stories from Our Progressive Community. The event was located at Seattle Town Hall, designed to motivate and energize the Seattle community in light of the Presidential Inauguration, offering the opportunity for like-minded progressive individuals to come together and focus on the future of the fight for equality.
Toovey was a speaker at the event, and his speech centered around the position of Seattle Pride to maintain a positive, prideful focus on diversity, inclusion, and hope, all while ensuring the fight for full equality for the LGBTQ+ community never waivers. In addition, Toovey emphasized the need for all marginalized communities to stand together in light of threats made against them: “We cannot allow our young people to grow up hearing hateful voices of oppression and shame. We must be the constant voice and example of Pride in our everyday lives. And I believe we must broaden our tent so that Pride means not just the search for equality for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. Pride must mean opposition to all forms of controlling us, our bodies, or our own destinies.”
The Board of Directors maintains this position in choosing the theme of the 2017 Pride Parade as “Indivisible,” following the concept and proven tactic of the LGBTQ+ and other communities where people are stronger together and in numbers, that progresses made in equality will not be undone without a continuing fight.
“That’s what Pride is about – we learned long ago that we cannot achieve equality from the closet. We learned the hard way that victory is not won from the shadows. We will break out – we will organize, as we always do – we will march, and we will gather our forces, and we will not go back,” said Toovey.
The Seattle Pride Parade takes place annually on the last Sunday in June. The 2017 Parade will be held on Sunday, June 25th. Visit SeattlePride.org to register your group or find out how you can participate in creating a successful day by becoming a valued volunteer.
About Seattle Pride Seattle Out & Proud dba Seattle Pride is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, whose purpose is to create unity, honor diversity, and achieve equal human rights throughout our region and the world. Seattle Pride is focused on informing and educating the community on LGBTQ+ issues through community outreach and produced events, including the annual Seattle Pride Parade, Volunteer Park Pride Festival, and the Seattle Pride Guide.