Last year, for the first time, the Seattle Space Needle flew a rainbow flag during Seattle Pride Weekend. After event organizers were told on June 3 that the flag would not fly this year, the LGBT community took action. An online petition at Change.org started by Seattle resident Josh Castle quickly garnered over 9,000 signatures, including four Seattle City Council members. In response, the Space Needle issued a challenge.
The Space Needle has donated $5,000 to the Greater Seattle Business Association (the GSBA) LGBT and allied scholarship fund; the It Gets Better Project, which supports the Trevor Project; Lambda Legal; and Mary’s Place, a trans inclusive women’s shelter in Seattle. They are asking the community to pitch in and donate $45,000 before Seattle Pride begins on June 25th, adding up to a total of $50,000 to help support these important charities.
Petition organizer Josh Castle said, “I could not be more excited about the Space Needle’s decision. The Space Needle chose four charities that I am proud to support. Now let’s all pitch in so we can raise the flag!”
You can find out more information, including ways to donate here.