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Seattle's Iconic Space Needle Won't Be Raising Rainbow Flag For LGBT Pride This Weekend

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Seattle's iconic Space Needle tower has hoisted up a rainbow flag for the last two years in honor of LGBT pride … but sadly, it will not be raised during this weekend's gay pride parade.

Although officials in charge of the landmark say they will continue to support gay rights, policy only allows for the American flag to be flown these days. The management explained:

“As we don’t raise any flag but the American flag on a regular basis, there are no plans to raise the Rainbow Flag again this year. We will continue to support equal rights and actively foster these causes as we have in the past.”

We're not quite sure how the organization can support the LGBT community without raising that flag, but at least they're still in favor of equality.

The flag first appeared on top of the building in 2010 during Seattle's pride celebration. It was raised again last year after citizens of the Washington city were challenged by Space Needle officials to raise $50,000 for LGBT charities and succeeded.

Even though we're bummed the building won't be showcasing any pride this year, we're still crossing our fingers that the management has a change of heart.

[Image via AP Images.]

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21 comments to “Seattle's Iconic Space Needle Won't Be Raising Rainbow Flag For LGBT Pride This Weekend”

  1. 1

    Good for Seattle. You don't want equal rights, you want rights above all Americans. Time for the rest of the country to fight back.

  2. 2

    Re: Lady Who? – Surprised Pumkin Head is not screaming Homophobia like he does every other time a gay doesn't get his/her/its way

  3. 3

    maybe they're scared.. poor guy would have to do it would shit himself

  4. 4

    Love their whole "we only raise the US flag" reason. Funny just a month or so ago they had a huge Angry Bird on top of the needle. And then there is the 12th man flag they fly on game sundays. Oh and the WSU flag. And the Microsoft flag. And the Husky flag. And the xmas tree.

  5. 5

    Re: Melswife – Yes, it is a lame excuse.

    Re: Lady Who? – I am always confused when people like you say that gays want rights above all Americans. How is wanting to be equal wanting more than everyone else?

  6. 6

    Maybe you could sit on top of the flag pole Mario. Wait, you'd probably enjoy that.

  7. 7

    If Mario is upset, I have nothing but praise for Seattle

  8. 8

    Re: rosebud99 – Well, us heterosexuals don't have a special flag, so why should the homosexuals. They want to always be the center of attention. I'm sick of hearing about them.

  9. 9

    I think it perfectly fitting to put the flag of gayness on top of a massive erection.

  10. ladyrocks says – reply to this


    I'm disappointed in my city. The can erect a giant angry bird but won't put be putting up the flag that represents equal rights and gay pride. Shame on you Seattle.

  11. 11

    Good for Seattle! 1. don't fly the flag. 2. abolish any laws that allow these deviants to marry!

  12. LA says – reply to this


    Re: Melswife – The Angry birds was not a flag….it was not on top of the space needle either. Obviously, the Christmas tree is not a flag. The Microsoft flag was flown 7+ years ago. The husky/cougar flag was part of a charity contest last year, just like the Pride flag was. As the article says, it's a different policy nowadays. And they said that last year, only to do the charity approach. Now, if the husky/cougar flag is raised this year in Novemeber, then I would start yelling "off with their heads!" But until then…let's take a big ole' understanding chill pill.

  13. 13

    i think the american flag is perfect…be good for them.cause at the end of they day, were all americans. its fitting.

  14. 14

    Re: Lady Who? – You're too stupid for words. You need to take your first grade education and shut up

  15. 15

    I am fine with their decision. Mthem set a standard and last year was them fulfilling a promise. They didn't say they weren't flying it for any other reason. I am gay and think they have a well-reasoned decision. As long as they stick with it, no problems here

  16. 16

    Re: Lady Who? – How is wanting the same rights as you wanting MORE rights than you? Maybe an even bigger question, why am I responding rationally to a clearly irrational person?

    If you are trying to keep the same rights you have away from me, doesn't that make YOU the one who wants extra rights? You people are, for lack of a better word, insane.

    Re: grt777 – Spoken like a true racist in the 1960's. You want us to stop making a big fuss? Just give us the same rights as everyone else. It won't cost you anything.

  17. 17

    Re: dryan1971 – Sometimes I like to picture you crawling out of a time machine gasping at all of the changes in the world since the middle ages where you and your mindset came from.The entertainment value you bring to this site alone is refreshing.You're almost like the bad guy in a disney movie. You're evil, stupid, scared, and might as well be cackling with your fingers twisting amongst each other. You may hate me for being 'one of those gays you keep hearing about on Fox News' and I know you wish I could just continue sitting back being called immoral and just be happy having less rights than you, but I so enjoy you and your almost lovable ignorance. I can't help feeling that if you went out and actually educated yourself on what you scream about on this site, or actually felt any compassion at all for your fellow human being, I would miss you and your completely delusional posts. I'm still not sure if you're a troll or not, because some of the things you have said on this site would not be something a rational human being would say or feel, but either way, you personally have shown hundreds of people on this site how NOT to be, and for that, I truly thank you.

  18. 18

    For the record, I think Seattle, and the state of Washington in general, has always been very good to the gay community and their decision to not wave the LGBT flag certainly would not erase that. How about shifting the focus to the other places, like, North Carolina, for instance, which has, time and time again, been the frontrunner in some of the most backward, and bigoted legislation to pass in this country for a long time. No offense, North Carolina, but your record speaks for itself,and this is coming from someone who lives in Texas.

    To the many North Carolinians who DO believe in equality and tolerance, I applaud you for your compassion. I'm sure it's frustrating for you when your state makes such an ugly notion in front of the whole world, and that goes to anyone in a similar situation.

  19. 19

    Ahh another one of those "gays seem to think they are special" articles. You cannot force someone to raise a flag, just like you cannot force someone to take a flag down. Using sensationalism and harassment tactics to get your way just makes gays look bad.

  20. 20

    As someone else said, as long as this policy is kept to from now on and no other flag gets up there, I see nothing wrong with the decision. I do wonder why you think it's impossible to support gay rights without flying the flag…

  21. prg says – reply to this


    are u gonna discriminate now like u did to miss carlifornia?