LGBT PRIDE NEWS: Seattle City Hall to Fly Pride Flag

By Shaun Knittel
Best Gay Seattle Editor

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wears a T-shirt supporting the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York during the 2011 Seattle Pride Parade.  Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/connelly/article/Catholics-Mormons-other-religious-will-march-in-3649662.php#ixzz2Utt4FGxQ

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn wears a T-shirt supporting the recent legalization of gay marriage in New York during the 2011 Seattle Pride Parade.
Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO
Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/connelly/article/Catholics-Mormons-other-religious-will-march-in-3649662.php#ixzz2Utt4FGxQ

On May 23, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the Pride Flag will be flown, for the first time, on the Seattle City Hall flagpole June 1, marking the start of Gay Pride Month.

The Pride Flag will be flown in addition to the U.S. flag.

The mayor is scheduled to attend a 3:30 p.m. ceremony June 1, hosted by the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, which advises the mayor on issues pertaining to the community.

In addition,the flag will also be raised on the day of the Pride Parade itself, Sunday June 30.

“The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle’s longstanding commitment to equality,” McGinn said in a statement. “By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall, we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all.”

The City of Seattle offers transgender health benefits and opened City Hall for 140 weddings the first day it was legal for same-sex couples to wed on Dec. 12, 2012. Voters in Washington state approved same-sex marriage with passage of Referendum 74, and the state’s first license was issued the morning of Dec. 9 in King County.

The public ceremony is planned for the courtyard outside Seattle City Hall at 600 Fourth Ave.

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