Seattle LGBTs: Hoist the Flag

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 03 2011 2:50 PM ET

Activists are lobbying for the Seattle Space Needle to fly the rainbow flag for Gay Pride Month again this year, as it did in 2010.

That was the first time the flag had flown over the landmark, notes Joe Mirabella in a blog post for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He writes of being at a pride event there: “The Space Needle’s enormous flag caught the patches of summer sun that graced the crowd. The rainbow, symbolic of the entire diversity of humanity, shimmered in the light. It was comforting. It brought me hope.”

Mirabella reports that an employee at the Space Needle had told him there were no plans to fly the rainbow flag this year, and he also says no pride events are scheduled at the site. Fellow activist Josh Castle has started a petition at Change.org to encourage the raising of the flag once again.

“I hope you will consider signing it and sharing it with your friends,” Mirabella writes. “I strongly believe the Space Needle just needs to hear how important it is for us to see the Pride flag on the Space Needle. They need to hear we still need a visible sign of hope.”

See the petition here.