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After Hoisting Gay Pride Flag, Seattle Space Needle May Go Back in the Closet

Last year was a nifty milestone for LGBTs in Seattle: the Space Needle hoisted a big rainbow flag to celebrate Pride. Will they do it again this year? Ehhhhh maybe.

So far, the Space Needle’s owners have yet to commit to raising a rainbow. That’s prompted activist Josh Castle to set up a petition to get a definite thumbs-up or thumbs-down. And really, what reason could they have for a thumbs-down? Seattle’s the country’s second-gayest city (behind San Francisco, despite what you may have heard) and just ahead of Atlanta. Yes, Atlanta.

The petition lives on, which as you may recall was the site that successfully pressured the SF Giants into making an It Gets Better video. Will that be enough to keep the Needle gay? We hope so. And if the flag does indeed fly again this year, don’t forget to show up wearing tons of fucking sequins.


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  • Mike

    The tone sounds kind of surprised that Atlanta is a big gay city. It’s easily the biggest one in the Deep South and has levels of openness only seen in the biggest of gay havens.

  • robert in NYC

    So who is #3, New York or LA?

  • robert in NYC

    I hear some crazy republican in Virginia wants a bank to remove the rainbow flag from its roof because it undermines the economy and the country and demands it be taken down. Who but a republican would say something as dumb as that?

  • Vman455

    @Mike: The article’s author expresses surprise that Seattle has a higher percentage of LGBT population than Atlanta, not surprise that Atlanta is a “big gay city.”

  • Vman455

    @robert in NYC: Going by total population, NYC, Los Angeles and Chicago are the top three. Going by rate of population, San Francisco, Seattle, and Atlanta, as mentioned in the article.

  • chpinnlr

    @ryansouth: Very funny article and a pretty funny site! Thanks!

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