Amelia Skinner

Emerald City Pride

Seattle is one of the nation’s most LGBT-friendly places—just walk across any of the iconic rainbow crosswalks in Capitol Hill or see the multitude of businesses with safe space emblems in their windows.

During the month of June, rainbow flags are proudly flown as the city comes out in full force to support its LGBT community. The festivities reach their peak at the two-day PrideFest (June 24–25;, which includes the Seattle Pride Parade (June 25; Summer also brings a collection of concerts, food trucks, a craft bazaar, and more at the Volunteer Park Pride Festival (June 10;

For cinematic celebration of queer film, don’t miss fall’s Twist (Oct 12–22;, showcasing the latest and greatest in the genre. Its smaller counterpart, Twist of Pride, is held in early summer (June 15–19).

Explore LGBT hot spots like Changes (2103 N 45th St;, a pub in Wallingford known for its karaoke; Wildrose Bar (1021 E Pike St;, a women-owned lesbian bar that’s been around since 1984; or Outwest (5401 California Ave SW;, a West Seattle watering hole with a laid-back vibe and Old West theme. Capitol Hill also boasts dynamic nightlife at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway Ave; and Re-bar (1114 Howell St;, two of the top LGBT-friendly clubs around town.

Learn more about Seattle’s LGBTQ Community.

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