Seattle is marking Pride’s radical roots this year as it remembers the 50th anniversary of Stonewall when “a member of the #LGBTQ community threw the first brick to fight against police brutality.”
Celebrants attending Seattle City Hall’s annual raising of the Pride flag were encouraged to bring a brick to the ceremony. Mayor Jenny Durkan led the ceremony with support from Marsha Botser of Ingersoll Gender Center and representatives from the Indian Health Board. Thursday, Durkan also celebrated Pride with the Amazon LGBTQ affinity group, Glamazon.
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No brick were thrown in anger, of course, on the sunny Friday afternoon and the new, expanded Pride flag now flies over the city through June.
On Capitol Hill, Pride got off to a bittersweet start with the annual Clean Sweep neighborhood clean-up at Cal Anderson Park. The event typically draws around 300 volunteers annually and was the final official event before the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce shut down operations this week due to funding issues.
Capitol Hill Pride moves onto happier times this weekend with the Volunteer Park Pride Festival which has grown into one of the Seattle’s best days of free music.
Also stop by the Capitol Hill Station construction fence in June for preview works from the AIDS Memorial Parkway.