There’s nothing more thrilling than joining the ginormous happy throngs for the Seattle Pride parade and festival and being in the majority for a day. Well OK, there is one thing more thrilling. Incredibly thrilling, in fact. It’s knowing that Pride celebrations are happening in 10 cities across the Washington state this summer, from Centralia to Bremerton to the Tri-Cities. The full list of events is below the fold.
Gone are the days when everyone had to travel to Seattle because it was the only safe place to celebrate. Being out and proud in our communities is both the cause and effect of the ever-increasing mainstream support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality statewide. For example…
Six months ago the voters of Washington State became the first electorate in the nation to extend comprehensive legal protections to LGBT couples through a referendum. Then last month, a new poll conducted by the University of Washington shows a dramatic surge in support for full marriage equality among Washington State voters.
Asked whether gay and lesbian couples should have a) the legal right to marry, b) full domestic partnerships, c) partial domestic partnerships or d) no legal recognition, voters have shown a solid trending towards increasing equality. Detailed results here (PDF), but look at the trend for the first question, Gay and lesbian couples should have the same legal right to marry as straight couples.
78% of Washington State voters believe gay and lesbian couples should have legal recognition; 65% of Washington State voters believe that gay and lesbian couples should have all the rights and benefits of marriage enjoyed by straight couples; 41% of Washington State voters believe that gay and lesbian couples should be able to legally marry; only 19% of Washington Voters believe there should be no legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples.
The message is clear. When we’re out, proud, and telling friends, family and neighbors why equality is important to us, we win hearts and minds.
Be sure to look for the Equal Rights Washington table at your Pride event and sign a postcard to your legislators telling them that you support marriage equality.
Happy 2010 Pride, Washington!More details on these Washington 2010 Pride events, including more links, can be found at Seattle Out and Proud.
Lewis County (Centralia) Pride
Festivities: June 4th, 2010 10am – 3pm
Location: Centralia College
Festivities: June 12th, 2010
Location: Gondola Meadows, Riverfront Park
Pride Parade: Saturday, June 12th
Theme: Pride in Our Community
Festivities: June 12th & 13th, 2010
Location: Sylvester Park
Pride Parade: Sunday June 13th
Festivities: June 13 – June 27, 2010
Pride Parade: Sunday, June 27
Location: Downtown on 4th Avenue.
Theme: Over The Rainbow.
Saturday in the Park
Festivities: July 10th, 2010
Location: Esther Short Park
Out In The Park
Festivities: Mid-July, 2010
Location: Wright Park
Festivities: July 7th – 11th, 2010
Location: Depot Market Square
Pride Parade: Sunday July 11th, 2010
Festivities: July 17, 2010
Location: Evergreen Park
Theme: One Heart, One World, One Pride.
Festivities: July 16th – 18th, 2010
Location: Memorial Park
Pride Parade: TBA
Mr. and Miss Mid-Columbia Youth Pride Pageant: facebook
Festivities: TBA (Mid-June, 2010)
If there is a Pride event in your area not listed here, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (206) 324-2570. To Volunteer at any of these events, please email email@example.com