2 West Seattleites help raise rainbow flag atop the Space Needle

(Photo by Aaron Last)
As Pride Weekend arrives in Seattle, the rainbow flag is flying over the Space Needle for the first time. And as you see in the photo above, two West Seattleites helped raise it. The photo is courtesy of one of them, State Sen. (and King County Council candidate) Joe McDermott (right) – that’s West Seattle resident and Seattle Storm owner (among many other high-profile roles) Anne Levinson just left of Sen. McDermott, with City Councilmember Sally Clark and State Rep. Jamie Pedersen. Sen. McDermott adds, “People are welcome to email me at Joe@JoeMcDermott.org if they want to walk with me in the Pride Parade at 11 am Sunday morning in Downtown Seattle!”

13 Replies to "2 West Seattleites help raise rainbow flag atop the Space Needle"

  • dawson st. June 25, 2010 (2:03 pm)

    Big News!! ………..in other news,2 people were seen in 1 automobile

    • WSB June 25, 2010 (2:53 pm)

      Aw c’mon DS. If two West Seattleites raised ANY flag atop the Space Needle, frankly, I’d be interested in running the photo, which of course doesn’t obligate you to care. (You ever been up there? Not a place for acrophobics!) In this case, newsier yet, it was a flag of social/political significance that has never flown on the city’s most prominent flagpole before. – TR

  • Julian Skonberg June 25, 2010 (2:51 pm)

    This is GREAT news!! I happened to glance at the needle as I was walking through my company and stopped dead in my tracks, unbelieving what I was actually seeing. A Rainbow Pride Flag flying atop our city’s most recognizable building! I am SO PROUD of this and honored that a symbol of the LGBT community is flying high up for all the world to see. History in the making!

  • cjboffoli June 25, 2010 (3:05 pm)

    I don’t fault you for running the photo and I’m happy to see the flag up there for what it represents. But I’d much rather have our elected officials busy working on remedies to real problems as opposed to wasting time for photo ops.
    I guess I now know why Councilmember Clark’s office has yet to respond to a letter I sent her about a month ago: she’s too busy climbing to the top of the Space Needle raising flags and posing.

  • k June 25, 2010 (4:19 pm)


  • Michele June 25, 2010 (4:48 pm)

    Love that Joe! Total “stand-up” guy.

  • Guidosmom June 25, 2010 (8:48 pm)

    I am SO happy to see this! Thanks for posting it on the WSB.

  • Courtney June 25, 2010 (11:48 pm)

    I glanced at the Space Needle while I was on the bus this afternoon and just about did a double take. It makes me proud to call this city home!!

  • Keith June 26, 2010 (10:01 am)

    The sight of the flag caused a huge eruption of applause when it caught attention on a Bainbridge ferry run yesterday. Very cool!

  • Wendy Hughes-Jelen June 26, 2010 (10:51 am)

    Tibbetts United Methodist Church (on Andover) will be sharing a table at the festival with another UMC from the north end. I think that’s pretty cool.

  • Steve June 27, 2010 (1:44 pm)

    Let’s hope this is the LAST time this flag flies. There should only be ONE flag, the American flag, on top of the Needle.

  • Steph in WS June 28, 2010 (11:36 am)

    Excuse you Steve? I went back to see if anyone had made comments against the gay community and look what I found. Glad your the only one that is stupid by posting it here. What a jerk.

    • WSB June 28, 2010 (12:30 pm)

      Steph, for what it’s worth, anti-gay (or anti-straight, or anti- anything else for sexual orientation, gender, race, and a few other things) comments aren’t allowed – this one went through because I took it more for an overall sentiment of, why fly any flag (Seahawks or whatever) on the pole unless it’s the stars and stripes, otherwise it wouldn’t be here (and we did delete a few other comments that were clearly in violation). Just to be clear about our policies – TR

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