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In 2019, LGBTQ Pride Celebrations Grow South Of Seattle
Spokane WA Gay Pride Parade | Rainbow Festival | LGBTQA | Visit Spokane
An annual celebration of equality, inclusion and community in the heart of the city. The daylong bash is a parade, festival, resource fair, and dance party all rolled into one fun day. All are welcome to join in the festivities! Be sure to check out the entire schedule for Pride Week and Pride Month! Visit OutSpokane for More Info. Pride celebrations started all around the world in response to the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York and Stonewall riots. Spokane Pride began in the early s to continue this important tradition in Eastern Washington.
History of Pride WA
Eastern Washington and northern Idaho aren't exactly hotbeds of gay culture. Rural in nature, with conservative track records, this part of the inland Northwest sees far fewer visitation from LGBT visitors than the Pacific Northwest hot spots, such as Portland and Seattle - and even Eugene , Tacoma , Olympia, and Bellingham. Still, there are a handful of communities in this part of the world with relatively liberal social leanings - such as the increasingly hip and vaunted wine-making center of Walla Walla, WA, which is a couple of hours southwest of Pullman, and the gorgeous mountain town of Sandpoint, ID, which is about the same distance north. Additionally, the city of Spokane, Washington , about a minute drive north of Pullman, has a couple of gay bars and the popular Spokane Gay Pride celebration , held each year in early to mid-June. Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID - which lie less than 10 miles from one another - are both major university towns, so while neither has any exclusive gay establishments, each has a sizable population of LGBT students, faculty, and other residents, and you'll find several bars and restaurants in each community that cultivate at least a somewhat mixed gay-straight scene.
A man is due to appear in court after allegedly causing a stampede at a gay pride parade in the US which left seven people needing hospital treatment. The man, named in US media as year-old Aftabjit Singh, allegedly waved a BB gun, which fires small metal ball projectiles, in the capital Washington on Saturday. A police report - cited by the Associated Press news agency - said the man took the weapon out after noticing someone "hitting his significant other". He has been charged with illegal possession of a BB gun, carrying a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct.