This is the first half of a 19-minute documentary I made about the Gay Pride Parade which took place in the middle of downtown Seattle, and in the Seattle Center, on June 28, 2009.
The Parade is a yearly celebration of the birth of the modern gay and lesbian liberation movement. It also marks progress in attaining civil rights, and the gaining of equal treatment for all citizens.
All financial and social segments of society, all religions, races, and genders are represented by marchers as well as by the some 100,000 people attending.
This cross-section of humanity is so diverse that it is almost incomprehensible. The closest we get to understand this mixture is through the symbolic use of all the colors in the rainbow; the rainbow flags.
In "Rainbow Flags," the following marchers were asked: "Why are you in the parade?" - Charlene Strong (Marriage & same-sex equality advocate) - Anne Melle (Equality activist since 1977) - George Bakan (Seattle Gay News publisher) - Greg Nickels (Mayor of Seattle) - Sally J. Clark (Seattle City Council member) - Jamie Pedersen (State Representative) - Eric Pedersen (Jamie's partner) - Ed Murray (State Senator) - J.Steve Mayo (Naked Bikeriders) - Ken Schulman (Lambert House Director)
Appearing in "Rainbow Flags" - Part I:
- Dykes on Bikes - American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) - Rainbow City Band - voted "Best Celebration of the Theme" - Grand Marshal: Charlene Strong, Marriage & same-sex equality advocate - Grand Marshal: Anne Melle, Equality activist since 1977 - Grand Marshal: George Bakan, Seattle Gay News publisher - Grand Marshal: GLOBE (GLBTQ Loving Ourselves Becoming Empowered) Snohomish County - Grand Marshal: Equal Rights Washington - Grand Marshal: Seattle Counseling Service - Group Health - Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) - Sex Positive Culture Foundation and Center - NW Leather - Seattle Pride - PFLAG - Parents, Famlies and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Flying House Productions - Seattle Men's Chorus, Seattle Women's Chorus - Washington Families Standing Together - Open Adoption and Family Services - Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle - Seattle Firefighters - Tim Burgess, Seattle City Council member - Jan Drago, Seattle City Council member - Jean Godden, Seattle City Council member - Tom Rasmussen, Seattle City Council member - Nick Licata, Seattle City Council member - Richard Conlin, Seattle City Council member, Council president - Sally J. Clark, Seattle City Council member - Seattle Office for Equal Rights - Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities - Entre Hermanos, voted "Best Overall Marching Contingent" - Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team - Jamie Pedersen, State Representative - Eric Pedersen, Jamie's partner - Trygve Pedersen, Jamie and Eric's son - Ed Murray, State Senator - Michael Shiosaki, Ed's partner - Rat City Roller Girls - Naked Bikeriders (Hooray for the Naked Bicyclists!) - Gothic Pride - Ken Schulman, Lambert House Director
Part 2 features the Flying Spaghetti Monster, chorus boys, and young men dancing in their underwear under the Seattle Center fountain. - "Rainbow Flags" - 2009 Seattle Gay Pride Parade - part 2 http://youtube.com/watch?v=vTzFbnBdMVY