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Saturday, June 4, 2011

LGBT launches petition after Space Needle rejects pride flag

Seattle pride flag
The Space Needle flew the pride flag in 2010.
Members of the LGBT community have launched an online petition after the Space Needle announced it would not fly the pride flag for Seattle's gay pride parade in June. Joe Mirabella at is helping organize the petition with Josh Castle. So far, they have over 1,500 online signatures.
Mirabella said, "[The Space Needle has] a very good relationship with the LGBT community and that's why it is so confusing to so many of us when they chose not to fly the flag again this year."
He said attending the first flag raising last year was a moment he'll never forget and he had hoped it would be an annual tradition.
"It's particularly poignant for the pride flag to fly on top of the Space Needle because Seattle has the country's second largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender population," Mirabella said. "People move here from all over the world seeking a community where they can feel safe and welcome."
Seattle Out and Proud, producers of the parade, says it has a great relationship with the Space Needle and it doesn't fly any flag regularly.

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