The 30-month sentence in a federal hate crime case and a weekend malicious harassment incident in Pike/Pine are reminders that fights for equality and tolerance will never really end. They are also reminders of the difficulties that still remain for LGBTQ communities. This weekend, a coalition of neighborhood queer groups are banding together to spread the word about where people can turn to for help:
Pride Lives will take place Saturday, November 14th starting at 2 PM:
Volunteers will walk Capitol Hill with suicide prevention materials we’ve designed. We’ll start at the Cuff Complex and walk across the hill visiting businesses and giving them signs and hand outs to display. This gets needed resource info out to the public right in the spaces where we live and play.
Support for the information cards and posters — as well as the volunteers who will be on the move to distribute them — come from many organizations including several active in the city’s leather scene. The after-party, of course, is at the Cuff.
Seattle has been active this year in working to address LGBTQ community needs and safety. The city’s LGBTQ task force released a report with recommendations for strengthening the gay community and increasing safety over the summer while other efforts underway include SPD’s Safe Place program which has spread across the city with help from Starbucks.
To learn more about Saturday’s effort or to get involved, visit the Pride Lives Facebook page.
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— Pride Lives (@pridelives) November 9, 2015