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As the region sizzles in the excessive heat, we want to recognize the place of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, + Other Identities (LGBTQA+) at Seattle Center. 

Since 2007, Seattle PrideFest has filled the grounds with exuberant celebration the final Sunday of June. It is our most jam-packed outdoor event of the year. Since its inception, PrideFest has grown into the largest free Pride festival in the country. Sadly, it isn’t taking place today because of COVID restrictions. We can’t wait to welcome it back! 

Albeit Pride will still be present at Seattle Center this year, virtually and on the grounds. As you approach the campus today, look up and you’ll see the Progress Pride Flag flown atop the Space Needle in support of non-binary, BIPOC, LGBTQ+ communities. Next, stop by the Be Proud banner at the north entrance of Pacific Science Center, perfect for a selfie, or pre-book your ticket for MoPOP’s newly opened exhibit Rise Up: Stonewall and the LGBTQ Rights Movement. It explores the cultural transformation that propelled an underground movement into an intrinsic element of who we are as a nation and demonstrates how LGBTQIA+ communities have had tremendous impact on individual lives and the world around us. 

If the heat has you beat, then find a cool place to lounge and check out Pacific Northwest Ballet’s PNB is Listening Pride Month Panel on YouTube click here or the Pride Reading List on the PNB blog. PNB staff have also created a couple Pride playlists, Sing Out Loud and Pride Without Words, on Spotify. Or join KEXP for Pride! featuring a special lineup throughout the weekend with DJ Riz, Reverend Dollars, Michele Myers and DJ Kennady for their On-Air Pride Party, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 6pm. 

“We should keep calm in the face of difference and live in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.” George Takei. Happy Pride Month!  

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About Seattle Center: 

Connect to the extraordinary at Seattle Center, an active civic, arts and family gathering place in the core of our region. More than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations that reside on the grounds, together with a broad range of public and community programs, create thousands of events on the 74-acre campus and attract over 12 million visitors each year. At Seattle Center, part of Uptown Arts & Cultural District, our purpose is to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit to build stronger communities. Activities at the Center generate $1.864 billion in business activity and $631 million in labor income.