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Seattle Pride 2019

I love shooting photos throughout Pride month. My intention was to be a bit more methodical this year, trying for a few images from the events throughout the month. I made it to several events with my camera, but most of my photos are from the marches at the end.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. I realized pretty quickly that I knew embarrassingly little about what happened there 50 years ago. I still have a lot of reading to do, but I’m glad I have a better appreciation for the saying “the first Pride was a riot”. I interpret that statement both literally and figuratively - a subtle reminder to the corporations and party-goers.

I’ll keep this short with a few highlights and then get to the photos (slideshow at the end).

I appreciated the speakers discussing Stonewall and explaining very clearly that despite a lot of progress, the United States is not all that far removed from 50 years ago. The LGBTQ community has a lot of valid concerns. That someone would stand across from the parade/festival area wearing a Burn Homo Burn shirt is about all the proof one needs of that (Note: I have a photo of the person wearing the shirt, not sure I’ll post it. But if anyone says I’m lying, well…)

Walking Tall.

Walking Tall.

Love Wins.

Love Wins.

I’m glad that everyone seems to have had a safe Pride. I know that people were concerned about security this year because of the anti-LGBTQ marches (labeled as other things, I’m sure).

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I liked getting to see many of my friends in the service industry in Capitol Hill - they go to great lengths to create fun, safe environments. They’re all incredibly exhausted right now. Tip and treat them well this week (and always).

David Choe said it best - The Boss of Capitol Hill.

David Choe said it best - The Boss of Capitol Hill.

Finally, I’m glad I saw Big Freedia’s show. Thanks for the tip Anjali.

Big Freedia, Seattle Pride.

Big Freedia, Seattle Pride.