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Pride 2016: Marching Ahead

June 28, 2016

There was love, laughter, celebration and remembrance as Seattle's Pride Parade made its way through the Emerald City on Sunday, June 26th.  Record crowds turned out to show their support for the LGBT community with an estimated 400,000 people cheering on those who fight for equality.

The parade held special significance in the wake of the Orlando shooting last month, where a gunman killed 49 people in a gay club, making it the deadliest mass shooting in America’s history.

“The tragedy in Orlando is on all our minds,” said Braxton Carter, T-Mobile’s CFO and parade participant. “There’s no time more important to rally together, to support freedom and equality,” Carter said.

It was also a time to note progress made by the LGBT community, with the day marking the one year anniversary the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage nation-wide.

Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu officiated many of those weddings in Seattle, and participated in this year’s parade. “I’m standing as the first LGBT member of the State Supreme Court,” says Yu. “I mean, look at the progress and where we have come from in terms of having our rights recognized.”

The city increased police and security presence in light of recent events. The Seattle Police Department reported a 50% decrease in incidents from last year’s parade.



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Stacey Jenkins

Stacey Jenkins is the managing producer of Spark Public. She is an Emmy-award winning producer who is passionate about pushing the boundaries of digital media and training the next generation of multimedia journalists. Stacey has been a Digital Content Producer at KCTS 9 for the past four years; her stories have been showcased locally on IN Close as well as nationally on SciTech Now and the PBS NewsHour's Art Beat. Stacey’s experience also includes working as a senior producer for KPTS, as an assistant media instructor and producer for Portland Community College and a TV news reporter for the CBC in Canada.

Fun Fact: Stacey’s guilty pleasures include over-the-top Halloween decor, eating sweetened condensed milk straight from the can and Maroon 5’s “Sugar” video.

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