City Hall flagpole to fly Pride Flag on June 1st
SEATTLE - Mayor Mike McGinn announced today that the Pride Flag will be flown on the City Hall flagpole for the first time on June 1st, to celebrate the beginning of Gay Pride month at a 3:30 pm event at Seattle City Hall. This historic ceremony will be hosted by the Seattle LGBT Commission. The flag will also be raised on the day of the Pride Parade itself, on Sunday June 30th.
"The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle’s longstanding commitment to equality", said Mayor McGinn. "By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all."
The City of Seattle continues to lead other municipalities in support of its LGBTQ employees, offering transgender health benefits, filing an amicus brief against the DOMA and in support of Marriage Equality in 2012, and opening City Hall 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."
The ceremony will be held in the courtyard outside Seattle City Hall, which is located in downtown Seattle at 600 Fourth Avenue. The ceremony is free and open to the public. More information about the ceremony will be available at www.facebook.com/seattlelgbt closer to the event. The City’s flagpole is located on the west side of City Hall off of Fourth Avenue. The Pride Flag will be flown in addition to the U.S. flag.
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