I was honored to be invited to the Space Needle to witness history early Friday morning. For the first time ever, the Space Needle raised the rainbow flag on top of the iconic Seattle symbol. It was a pure joy to participate in this event.
Several brave souls got to go where few people ever get to go -- the roof of the Space Needle. Together each took their turn raising the enormous rainbow colored flag. This was no small feat. There is nothing but a rope separating you from the ground below, and you have to climb three separate ladders to get to the pole -- of coarse it was raining.
Despite the clouds, the mood was warm and celebratory as a handful of local and national icons realized the importance of the symbolism.
The Seattle Space Needle is an internationally recognized symbol of our Emerald City. We have the second highest LGBT population in the country, some of the oldest LGBT organizations and institutions, and continue to break ground as we advance towards full equality.
Thanks to the courage and photographic talent of Seattle Gay News photographer James Whitely I have these once in a lifetime photographs to share with you. Thank you to George Bakan, Seattle Gay News owner and Seattle activist icon, for giving me permission to share these photographs.