Mayor Mike McGinn announced that the Pride Flag will be flown at the Seattle City Hall for the first time on June 1st to celebrate the beginning of Gay Pride month.

The city and the Seattle LGBT Commission will host a ceremony to commemorate the raising of the rainbow-colored flag at 3:30 p.m. on June 1st at City Hall.

The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle's longstanding commitment to equality, McGinn said. By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march towards equal rights for all.

The flag will also be raised on Sunday, June 30, the day of the Pride parade.

We are excited to be able to host this event and play a role in this historic occasion, said Sabina Neem, Co-Chair the Seattle LGBT Commission. As the first Pride festivities following marriage equality in Washington State, it is especially fitting as we move forward in thinking about how we build an inclusive LGBTQ movement.

The ceremony will be held in the courtyard outside of City Hall in downtown Seattle. It will be free and open to the public.

The City of Seattle offers transgender health benefits and supported gay marriage by opening its doors the first day it was legal for same-sex couples to wed in December 2012.

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