June 25, 12:51 PM click here to comment > 1
City of Seattle joins in this year’s Pride Parade
Hundreds of Seattle city employees will join me in marching in the 2010 Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 27, at 11 a.m. through downtown Seattle.
Seattle joins communities around the world in holding Pride celebrations in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969. Stonewall is considered the birth of the movement for equal rights and liberation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The 2010 “Over the Rainbow” Pride Parade also celebrates the passage of Referendum 71, a historic milestone that places the state of Washington squarely at the forefront of LGBT civil rights issues.
This year Seattle also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the creation of the city’s LGBT Commission. This significant milestone demonstrates Seattle’s longtime position at the forefront for LGBT rights.
As we celebrate the diversity of our city, it is important to recognize that LGBT people do not have equal rights in this country. Thousands of people both gay and straight have fought to get us to this point in the struggle, and it is our responsibility to continue that work today.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the Pride Parade downtown and the Pride Fest at Seattle Center. For more information on the 2010 Seattle Pride Parade visit www.seattlepride.org.
Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn