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Pride 2011

Online petition urges Space Needle to fly rainbow pride flag once again

Monday, June 6, 2011

More than 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging the Space Needle to reconsider it’s decision not to fly the rainbow pride flag during this year’s Seattle LGBT pride.

Last year the Space Needle made international news when they flew the Pride flag for the first time ever, but Space Needle spokeswoman Mary Bacarella said in a statement Friday, “(We) are not flying the flag this year.”

“We don’t make a habit of flying flags on top of the Space Needle and we make an effort not to fly any flags on a recurring basis,” she said.

The decision has upset many gay-rights advocates, and hope their petition at Change.org will encourage the Space Needle, which is a a private company, to raise the pride flag again this year:

Seattle has the country’s 2nd largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

When the Space Needle raised the Pride flag they made the LGBT community feel truly welcome in their home city. Not only did residents celebrate the Pride flag on the needle, but people rejoiced from around the world as news broke about the Space Needle’s strong support for LGBT people. The message was clear: Seattle is a welcoming city for all.

“Inadvertently, the Space Needle’s decision is symbolic of all the losses we feel every day,” wrote Seattle blogger Joe Mirabella, on Sunday.

“From a child whose parents bully them to the point they choose homelessness over abuse. To the school denying a supportive club for LGBT people. To people dying before they are equal.”

You can sign the petition here; or post a comment on the Space Needle’s Facebook page.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. and this affects my life how?

    Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 12:40am
  2. Why would they not? I’d like it if people were just nice, and did awesome things. Which would involve rainbow flags – and just rainbows – being everywhere.

    Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 1:01am
  3. Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:18am
  4. Commented!!! Everyone do the same on their page! Take action and gain back the support. Show the space needle that they made their citizens feel proud, cared for and welcome and want it to happen again! :)

    Posted on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 4:00am
  5. I’m stunned by this decision, especially since I routinely see the Seahawks flag being flown. How can they say they don’t fly any flag on a regular basis….this is just absurd and untrue.

    Posted on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 9:20am
  6. eh, i dont think its a big deal. they did it once. thats great. they dont make a habit out of flying flags. understandable. let it go

    Posted on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 12:32am
  7. And now that they’ve announced their “exciting fundraiser opportunity” Here’s an analysis of it:

    It’s BS… donate, essentially to the Space Needle, so that they can do “the right thing” and in return, they get the payment of the PR move for giving $50,000 total to 4 LGBT-related charities. In other words “Help us improve our PR from pissing all you guys off in the first place, and if we can look good by donating this stuff then we’ll put up the flag for A MATTER OF HOURS between when the Pride parade is over and until we take the flag down later in the evening.” And is the Space Needle donating anything? Nope. Just reaping the rewards of our “buy off.” Now I don’t give a crap if it flies or not because it will now be for all the wrong reasons

    Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 at 8:55pm