Issaquah is strengthened by and thrives upon the rich diversity of ethnic, cultural, racial, gender and sexual identities of its residents; all of which contribute to the vibrant character of our City. We are committed to be an inclusive and welcoming community for all, including the LGBTQIA+ community.
Each year, the month of June is designated as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, a series of gay liberation protests in June of 1969 and are generally recognized as the catalyst of the LGBTQIA+ Rights Movement.
Since the first Pride march was held in 1970, Pride celebration has spread internationally to honor the resiliency, strength and courage of the people who stood for justice, unity and belonging. Pride Month commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, as well as the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals.
At the June 5, 2023 City Council meeting, Mayor Mary Lou Pauly will proclaim June as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month in the City of Issaquah.
- June 22: Honoring Pride Month, hosted by the City of Issaquah
- June 24: Garage Pride, hosted by The Garage, A Teen Café
- June 2: Sip and Strut Walk the City of Renton is partnering with Renton LGBTQ Community for a night to enjoy local wines and community building in downtown Renton.
- June 2: Celebrate the unveiling of a new crosswalk modeled after the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag in the City of Kirkland.
- June 3: Rainbow Elder Breakfast is a monthly gathering for LGBGTQ+ folks 50+ through Pride Across the Bridge that meet on the first Saturday of the month at different Eastside locations.
- June 4: Paws and Pride in downtown Bellevue will welcome the start of Pride month with the first-ever LGBTQIA+ dog jog and walk on the Eastside.
- June 7: Rainbow Story Time with King County Library System hosts Lindz Amer, the award-winning LGBTQ+ activist, author, and co-host of, Queer Kid Stuff, for songs and stories that celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in an online event.
- June 11: Kahoot! Trivia Night LGBTQ+ in honor of Pride Month, play LGBTQ+ trivia featuring various LGBTQ+ singers, actors, authors and more in an online event.
- June 17: LGBTQ+ Youth Pride Disco: A pride dance planned by LGBTQ+ youth for LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-22 at All Pilgrims Church, 500 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102.
- June 23: Trans Pride Seattle is produced by Gender Justice League to increase the strength of the trans & gender diverse community and allies.
- June 24: 40th Annual Run & Walk with Pride 4K and 8K join an annual running/walking event that serves as a fundraiser for local LGBTQIA+ non-profit organizations at Seward Park.
- June 24: Seattle Dyke March will be held at Volunteer Park to celebrate dyke-identity from across the gender spectrum.
- June 24-25: Seattle PrideFest is a 501c3 non-profit organization that produces the annual Seattle Pride Festival.
- June 25: Seattle Pride Parade is a free, fun, community-wide celebration advancing awareness of LGBTQIA+ issues and promoting mutual respect and equal human rights for all.
- July 1: Join Capital City Pride in Olympia, for the Capital City Pride event with music, food, entertainment and more.
- The Garage, Issaquah Youth Support: Non-profit organization that offers a safe space in Issaquah for high school teens.
- Lambert House: Offers LGBTQ+ youth a safe place with programs, activities, resources and services.
- Eastside Pride PNW: A community-based LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization
- PFLAG Bellevue Eastside: Support, education and advocacy. Local east side chapter offers a multitude of resources and services.
- GenPride: An organization that empowers older LGBTQ+ adults
- Seattle Pride: Produces the Seattle Pride Parade, Seattle Pride in the Park and the Seattle Pride Guide
- Capitol Hill Pride: Produces the Capitol Hill Pride Festival march and rally
- Library of Congress – Pride Month: Explore the history of Pride Month
- Refuge Restrooms: Web application that aims to provide safe restroom access for transgender, intersex and gender nonconforming individuals.