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June 25, 2017
Seattle’s first Pride Week kicked off in 1974, to honor the June, 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City, in which the LGBT community rebelled against police invasion of a popular gay bar and gathering space. At the time, law enforcement frequently raided LGBT hubs, arresting minors, anyone in drag, and even women they deemed insufficiently or scantily dressed. Today, advocates and allies come together all over the nation to commemorate and continue the fight. Seattle’s tribute spans the entire month of June, culminating on the 25th with a parade that stretches down 4th Avenue, and eventually winds to Seattle Center for musical acts, DJs, drag queens, and speeches by local activists. This year, organizers have invited motorcyclists to register for “Dykes on Bikes”– spectators can anticipate a procession of riders that will lead the parade, and act as a symbol of LGBTQ community, communication, respect and empowerment. If you’re unable to make it to any of the parade festivities, be sure to check out the list of restaurants signed up to support LGBT causes with “Dine With Pride.” Eat local. Do good. For more information, visit the website. For more information, visit the Seattle Pride website.