This is a proud month. After two years of virtual festivals, in-person parades, concerts and parties are finally back.
For some, this may be their first Pride experience. For some it is like reuniting with an old boyfriend.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered: We’re taking you on a tour of Pride events around the Sound.
Let’s start in Seattle, where the Seattle Pride Parade is Sunday, June 26 at 11am.
Soundside Host Libby Denkman spoke with Seattle Pride Executive Director Crystal Marks for the first time since the epidemic and what the parade’s expected.
This year’s Pride theme is “Family Reunion”, decided by community members. Marx says it has a special meaning.
“Not only is the idea of LGBTQAI + family and our direct friends and allies coming together after the epidemic, the word family has a lot of meaning in our community,” Marks said. “We refer to our family as places where it is not safe to identify our significant other as a spouse or other important person.”
Community members have been instrumental in determining another change to Seattle Pride: uniformed police officers no longer participate in the parade.
Marks says the decision was made after gathering survey responses from members of the LGBTQAI + community on police engagement at Pride.
“Most of the respondents tell us that they are extremely uncomfortable with police members walking in parades in uniform,” Marks said.
Marks added that police officers are still welcome to walk the parade, but they are asked to do so in uniform and without any police vehicles.
Other changes include the use of ASL interpreters to improve access and access to a quiet park for families with young children.
Pride in Port Townsend
If you are looking for a Pride event on the Olympic Peninsula, Olympic Pride has you covered.
The company is hosting its Sound of Pride 2022 concert at Pope Marine Park on Saturday, June 25 from 10am to 4pm.
Among music, food and vendors, Olympic Pride Executive Director Ellen Michael says Sound of Pride offers a “home grown” program that gives visitors the unique flavor of Port Townsend.
And even after the concert is over, LGBTQ + youth on the Peninsula will be able to take advantage of the Olympic Pride’s summer youth program in person and with virtual events.