On Thursday, Josh Castle started a petition on Change.org after I confirmed a rumor that the Space Needle was not going to fly the Pride flag again during Seattle Pride.
In less than 24 hours more than 1,500 people signed Josh's petition thanking the Space Needle for flying the flag for the first time last year, and they asked the Space Needle to fly the flag again.
Yesterday, the Space Needle said no to the more than 1,500 fans of the Space Needle who signed Josh's petition. They told the Stranger, "we are not flying the flag again."
I have to wonder, did the Space Needle even read some of the comment's on Josh's petition?
Leif T. wrote, "Seeing the flag on our city's symbol made me feel so welcome and part of this place," Leif said. "While I'm an adult and have found my way and feel welcome already, there are thousands of young people who need to know they are welcome in this city. Please fly the rainbow flag again to remind us all that this is an inclusive place!"
A lifetime resident of Seattle, Robert W. wrote, "Having grown up in the Seattle area I have always taken pride and comfort in the city's support of the LGBT community," He explained. "In so many ways, the Space Needle is Seattle - In the 60s it looked forward to the future; it continues to do so to this day. I hope it will continue to point the way!"
The Space Needle also announced their plan not to fly the flag through a press release on their Facebook page written by Seattle Out & Proud, a non-profit that organizes a portion of Seattle Pride events, including the parade. SO&P wrote, "Seattle Out & Proud (SO&P) is excited that we are able to connect with the Space Needle this year to bring the flag to the parade and march with it up front."
I spoke to Josh and asked him what he thought of the Space Needle's plan. He said, "People won't remember that the Pride flag led the parade. People will remember that the Space Needle did not fly the flag. That is an unfortunate message to send to our community," he said. "The Space Needle needs to raise the flag."
While I firmly believe the Space Needle is a friend to the LGBT community, I do not believe they understand how sad their decision has made our community.
If you agree with Josh Castle, and you want to help raise the flag on the Space Needle, please continue to sign and share Josh's petition. Leave your personal stories on the Space Needle Facebook page. Politely tell them why this is important to you. Send them a tweet @Space_Needle. Tell them why this matters so much to you.
I sincerely hope the Space Needle changes their mind. I know you do too.
Please sign and share Josh's petition to ask the Space Needle to raise the Pride flag during Seattle Pride.