Yesterday morning, Mayor Murray raised the Pride Flag at City Hall to commemorate the start of Pride month for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. The Seattle LGBT Commission hosted the ceremony, which included guest speaker retired Colonel Grethe Cammermeyer, musical guests and members of the community.
This year, Seattle is celebrating 40 years of Pride with a special focus on the next 40 years.
The City of Seattle is a national leader in providing support for its LGBTQ employees. The City offers transgender health benefits to its employees, and has historically advocated on behalf of LGBT employees and community members. In 2012, before Washington State repealed the Defense of Marriage Act, the City of Seattle filed an amicus brief against it in support of fair taxation for employees in same-sex marriages. And on December 9, 2012, the first day same-sex couples in Washington could marry legally; City Hall opened its doors to host 140 weddings.
The Mayor also proclaimed June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in Seattle through an official proclamation which states, in part:
“Seattle is home to some of the nation’s most active individuals and organizations working to ensure the full and equal recognition and protection of the fundamental rights and liberties of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people and their families.
Seattle has led the nation in the establishment of policies aimed at the prevention of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in marriage, employment, housing, health care, human services, public accommodations and contracting.”
Seattle has much to be proud of this month!