This weekend in Seattle brings a culmination of festivities celebrating the month of June, or to the LGBT community, Gay Pride. The month of June has traditionally been proclaimed Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots in 1969 in Manhattan, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. It is the time we take to recognize the impact the LGBT community has had on history throughout the world.
Seattle’s history with the gay community is not unlike that of other cities across the country. Homophobic crimes still exist and attitudes can run the gamut across the state, but the city is becoming more receptive to the increasingly growing gay community that makes their home here. From parades, to proclamations to cruises and brunches…this month of Pride has been full of festivities not to have been missed.
For the first time in history the Pride Flag was raised June 1st at Seattle City Hall marking the beginning of Pride Month and the Seattle Mariners with be the first Major League Baseball team to publicly fly the Pride Flag at a game. This culminates an exciting week where the Supreme Court made big decisions regarding gay marriage and equality under the law. Although we have much more to accomplish, these are great reasons to celebrate.
Last year pride celebration was the best I’ve ever had! Ludmilla and I had soooo much fun celebrating with old and new friends and being part of the Seattle Pride scene.
It started EARLY at my friend Frank’s house (the photos that we have from last year are not good… sorry!). First, let me tell you about Frank…
Frank is the most wonderfully giving, fun and genuine person I have ever met. For Frank, Pride Week is his Christmas. He prepares for it starting in January, although he already knows the theme a year ahead of time. Last year it was white trash…and the color is ALWAYS pink!! So we had a blast getting our outfits ready!!
Our morning started around 9am at Frank’s…since it was a white trash theme we brought hamburger helper and White Zinfandel!
Everyone brought awesome food and drinks…casseroles, chips and weiners in a blanket. We ate, drank and got our makeup and outfits together…HILARIOUS!! After that… “what happens at gay pride in Seattle, stays at gay pride in Seattle”!
We are super excited for tomorrow!! And about you?? Are you excited?
Beijos e Tchau!
Marilyn and Ludmilla