Celebrate Pride Month with UW

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At the University of Washington, we are committed to ensuring equality for all of our faculty, staff, and students on campus and for all people who visit our medical centers regardless of sexual and gender orientation. In fact, UW consistently ranks in the top 25 list of LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities by the nonprofit organization Campus Pride.

June is nationally recognized as Pride Month, a month dedicated to honoring the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan, celebrating LGBTQIA+ communities, and raising awareness for LGBTQIA+ equality. This year is Seattle’s 45th annual Pride Parade, and UW is representing! Check out the following opportunities to celebrate Pride with UW and learn more about the resources available on campus!

The Q Center

The Q Center is a professionally-supported resource, advocacy, and mentoring center for queer students and concerns at the University of Washington. The center provides consulting for UW’s departments, coordinates programs, social organizations, and educational initiatives. They facilitate and enhance a brave, affirming, celebratory environment for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of all sexual and gender orientations, identities, and expressions. Learn more about what the Q Center has to offer and their initiatives here.

UW Q Faculty, Staff & Allies Affinity Group

The QFSA is the University of Washington’s association to foster a campus climate where all Q faculty, staff and allies are valued and respected, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Their mission is to ensure the inclusion and success of Q faculty, staff and allies through recruitment, retention and training opportunities. Learn more about QFSA events, initiatives, and resources available here.

Pride Month U Book Store Reads

To celebrate the rich spectrum of genders, sexualities, and most important of all—people—University Book Store highlights seven fantastic titles by or about queer people. From non-fiction and memoir to enthralling novels, each of these books presents aspects of queer life – and reasons to celebrate them!

UW Medicine Flag Raising – June 3

On June 3, all UW Medicine hospitals will be flying rainbow Pride flags to show support for the LGBTQIA+ communities they serve and to increase community awareness of UW Medicine’s commitment and competency in addressing LGBTQIA+ healthcare issues, access, and care. This will be the first year that UW Medicine will fly the Pride Flag for the entire month of June.

  • Harborview Medical Center: 10:00 a.m., Harborview Park
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center: 10:00 a.m., Outside the Emergency Room by the campus bus stop
  • UW Medical Center: 10:00 a.m., Flag pole at front entrance turnaround
  • Valley Medical Center: 10:00 a.m., 3rd floor, main hospital building, by the fish tank next to the Infusion Center

UW Seattle Campus Flag Raising – June 3

For the third consecutive year, join the UW Q Center and the UW Q Faculty, Staff & Allies Affinity Group for this special raising ceremony on Monday, June 3, at 10:00 a.m. on the Seattle campus at the flag pole located at the Memorial Way turnaround, near Kane Hall. Wear your favorite pride colors to celebrate the occasion: this will be the first year that UW Medicine will fly the Pride Flag for the entire month of June!

Volunteer Park Pride Festival – June 8

Come by Volunteer Park on Saturday, June 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival to celebrate 45 years of Seattle Pride! Celebrate queer arts, music, performance & culture at the Pride Festival with a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and local craft and info booths. The event is FREE and ALL-AGES. Check out the event’s website to see the music lineup and the official event flyer.

Lavender Graduation – June 11

Every year, the Q Center and the ASUW Queer Student Commission host Lavender Graduation as a time for the UW queer, trans*, two-spirit, same-gender-loving, and allied communities to come together and celebrate our multiple identities, our accomplishments, and sheer AWESOMENESS. Q Faculty and Staff (members of the LGBTQ Affinity Group) are frequent volunteers and attendees at the annual year-end celebration. A unique graduation, Lavender Graduation is a party for us all! Celebrate the end of the year and attend the 18th Annual Lavender Graduation at the Intellectual House on June 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Seattle Trans* Pride Parade – June 28

Kick off Pride Weekend and join the UW Q Faculty, Staff & Allies Affinity Group in marching in the Seattle Trans* Pride Parade on Friday, June 28. The current schedule is as follows:

  • 5:00 PM : Volunteer & Tabling Check In
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: March Assembly @ Thomas & Broadway
  • 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM: March Steps Off Down Broadway
  • 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM: Resource & Tabling Fair in Cal Anderson Park
  • 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM: Main Stage Programming in Cal Anderson Park

To sign up and stay current with the event, check out and RSVP to the Facebook event page.

Pride Match with the Seattle Sounders – June 29

Keep busy during Pride Weekend and join the Seattle Sounders for their Pride Match! Stay up to date with any future details about the Pride Match by visiting the match’s webpage. Buy tickets here.

Seattle Pride Parade – June 30

Close out Pride Month by attending the 45th annual Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30. The parade will run along 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle and from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Whether you’re going alone or with a group of friends, join the Seattle Pride Parade to show your support for the LGBTQIA+ communities! Save the date with this Facebook event page.

Seattle Storm Pride Game – June 30

Looking to wind down after the early afternoon Pride Parade? Cheer on the Seattle Storm during their Pride Game as they face the Phoenix Mercury. Section 9 tickets will be on sale at $25 a ticket ($35 per ticket value). Equal Rights Washington will be featured as the Storm Non-Profit of the Game, and a portion of every ticket sold below will help support ERW’s continued work towards justice and equity for all LGBTQIA+ Washingtonians. Register.

Pride Night with the Seattle Mariners – July 5

On Friday, July 5, join the Seattle Mariners and Greater Seattle Business Association for Pride Night at Safeco Field. Your ticket purchase includes access to an exclusive pregame event in the Outside Corner, light appetizers, access to the cash bar, and a limited-edition Mariners Pride hat! $5 from every ticket purchased through this special offer will benefit the GSBA Scholarship funds. The deadline to purchase will be Friday, July 5 at 12:00 p.m.

To learn more about ticket pricing and event details, visit the Pride night page.

Our celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community shouldn’t stop once June concludes. Check out the Seattle Pride website for future events celebrating the unique communities in the Seattle area!