Seattle Shows its Pride


pride3It was a beautiful (if hot) sunny Seattle day on Sunday… a perfect (okay, maybe too hot) day for a parade… and what a parade it was! Moving from Westlake to the Seattle Center, Seattle’s Pride Parade marched down Fourth Avenue amidst music and dancing and a lot of crowd interaction.

Strategically positioned at the corner of Fourth & Denny, we were in prime position for photographs and a great view as the parade turned up Denny towards the Seattle Center (not to mention — confetti!) We enjoyed the music and sassy announcing (upon the Chipotle big burrito’s arrival “I totally want to ride that big burrito… Oh! That didn’t come out quite right.” Right!pride4

pride6Parade Marshalls Jane Abbott Lighty & Pete-e Petersen were warmly greeted by the crowd in their zippy red fiat, and kudos to Seattle’s biggest companies for proudly supporting Seattle’s LGBT community, including: Amazon, Microsoft, Cupcake Royale (baby, we were baked this way!), Seattle Storm, the City of Seattle (including Mayor McGinn!), Zico, Delta, Alaska Airlines, Seattle Childrens, PopCap Games, UPS, Holland America, KeyBank, Whole Foods (Label foods, not people!), Wells Fargo, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Starbucks, Group Health, Verizon, BECU and Macys (and that list is not even exhaustive)!

Congratulations, Seattle! I was proud of YOU, too.

Talkin’ Politics in Seattle

Last Thursday, June 6, the Downtown Seattle Association hosted their Mayoral Candidate Forum (along with support the Civic Alliance for a Sound Economy (CASE), the Seattle Hotel Association, the Seattle Restaurant Alliance and Visit Seattle) at Seattle’s Westin Hotel. A crowd of about 150 Seattle business folks and curious-types attended to hear the platforms and pitches of Current Mayor Mike McGinn, information-systems consultant Joey Gray, City Councilmember Bruce Harrell, Greenwood Activist Kate Martin, Socialist Workers Party candidate Mary Martin, state Senator Ed Murray, businessman Charlie Staadecker and former City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck. Continue reading