Space Needle Raises the Equality Flag for Seattle Pride
Seattle added two more triumphs to the already victorious week of events over the weekend.
For the first time, the marriage equality flag flew on top of the Space Needle, and the Seattle Mariners became the first major professional team to fly the pride flag, according to King5.
Mayor Mike McGinn and other officials raised the flag atop the Space Needle on Sunday morning, just in time for the masses to see at Seattle’s Gay Pride Parade, a tradition each June for the past 39 years.Photo: Steph Brusig/The Seattle Lesbian
“The other day, we were both on the verge of tears all day long,” Tim Clements, Washington resident, said of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down DOMA, now allowing federal benefits to same-sex couples.
Clements and his husband Aaron Levin married in Canada years ago, but had to wait until April to legally wed in Washington.
“Celebrate for a while. Take a breath,” Clements said. “This is a celebratory Pride Parade this year, not an accusatory one.”
And Seattle sure did celebrate.
Thousands of both gay and straight parade spectators packed the sidewalks for 12 blocks to watch the Pride parade with signs like “Closets are for clothes, not for us,” according toThe Seattle Times.
For the first time, big companies participated in the parade which was focused on victory instead of defiance.
“The younger ones coming up, someday they’ll say, what’s the big deal?” said marcher Arlene Havlark.