The Pride flag is again flying above E Olive Way’s The Crescent after vandals targeted the dive bar’s queer banner over the weekend in what appears to be one of a handful of similar attacks across the city.
“Three cowardly men decided to shred our flag from in front of the Crescent!,” the bar posted Sunday morning after the vandalism. “If you think our freedoms and equality are not being challenged and threatened daily, think again!”
By Sunday night, a new flag was proudly flying again.
Security video posted from the bar shows a group of three males walk by the tavern in the early hours of June 16th and then stop with two of the suspects forming a base to boost the other up to reach the flag.
White Center gay bar The Lumber Yard also posted about a similar attack Sunday morning. 16th Ave SW’s The Swallow was also reportedly targeted.
A Seattle Police spokesperson said he was not aware of the reports but encouraged anybody with information to contact police.
The incidents follow increased presence and concerns about right-wing protesters who appear to be targeting Capitol Hill and other areas in the city during Pride month with small marches and gatherings including a group spotted earlier in June demonstrating on E Olive Way. Trans Pride Seattle organizers the Gender Justice League have released a statement addressing concerns about the protesters as they work to bring together the June 28th event. “The best response to any anti-trans elements involved in this is to come together anyway, march, be proud, and show them that we are not going to go away,” they write.
The Crescent, meanwhile, carries on after 70 years of nightlife on Capitol Hill. Last fall, CHS wrote about new ownership at the bar as brothers Joe Martin, Steve Smith, and David Munden stepped forward to run the bar their father helped create decades ago on E Olive Way. The change in ownership has faced a bittersweet start. Earlier this month, the bar announced that Martin passed away. He was 62.
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