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:
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.”