You must stay a day or two in Seattle
I am so glad I got a chance to spend some time in Seattle (our next embarkation city)Â before heading off to my site visit on the Norwegian Pearlâ€™s Alaska Cruise.Â Michael Bradbury, the Pride of the Ocean Marketing guy, is from Seattle and gave me a little tour of the environs.Â I am staying on Capitol Hill, which I am told is the â€œgay neighborhood,â€Â though I understand that there is no capitol on the hill. (go figure.)Â Seattle seems to be very gay indeed. When doing my doc BEFORE STONEWALL we did an interview in Pioneer Square at a very old gay bar, theÂ Double Header,Â which has been operating since 1934.Â No, I was not the first patron!
Seattle was a major port city during World War II where many of those sailors and lady waves settled after getting back from the Pacific theater. So Seattle got a big leap on the rest of us and I believe, where the phrase, â€œHey Sailorâ€ was first used.
One of my first stops was Kerry Park.Â This is the must go place to take that great picture with the Seattle skyline and the Space Needle in the background.Â It is also where a lot of wedding pictures get shot.
While straight folks can enjoy Kerry Park for their wedding photos, it seems gay folks are in a big fight here to have that opportunityâ€¦ There are folks in Washington State that are trying to stop LGBT people from having the same rights as they have.Â Weâ€™ve seen this before but maybe Washington will become the first state to adopt gay marriage by popular vote this fall when Referendum 74 passes. http://washingtonunitedformarriage.org/
Maybe we can help the folks in Seattle win this one!Â You can donate to their campaign hereâ€¦https://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50436/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10090&track=home_bigbutton and perhaps by the time we all get to Seattle next August, we will see some gay wedding pictures at Kerry Park.
Next up:Â my trip on the Washington Ferriesâ€¦