LGBT culture in Seattle

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Seattle has a sizeable gay minority,[1] and the city of Seattle has protected gay and lesbian workers since the passage of the Fair Employment Practice Ordinance in 1973. Seattle's LGBT culture has been celebrated at Gay Pride Week which began in 1977.[2] Gay cabaret traveled in a circuit including Seattle and San Francisco since the 1930s.[3] Seattle had gay-friendly clubs and bars since the 1930s including The Casino in Underground Seattle at Pioneer Square which allowed same-sex dancing since 1930, and upstairs from it, The Double Header, in continuous operation since 1933 or 1934 until 2015, was thought to be the oldest gay bar in the United States.[4][5]

Seattle's gay shopping and recreation area is centered on Capitol Hill with bars, bookstores and other venues.[6]

In 2013, Seattle overtook San Francisco as the United States city with the most households composed of gay or lesbian couples (2.6%), and was the only U.S. city with more than 1% of the households being lesbian couples.[7]


Notable LGBT events in Seattle include the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival and Seattle Pride.


Seattle Gay News is an LGBT newspaper. Waxie Moon is a documentary about the performer of the same name.


Notable LGBT organizations in Seattle include Equal Rights Washington, Gay City Health Project, Gender Justice League, Pride Foundation, the Seattle Men's Chorus, and Lambert House LGBTQ youth center.


Dan Savage in 2005

Notable LGBT people in and around Seattle include:


Exterior of Cuff Complex, 2012

Other LGBT establishments include: C.C. Attle's, Club Z, Crescent Lounge, The Lobby Bar, Neighbours, Purr Cocktail Lounge, and R Place.


  1. ^ Sainsbury & Brash 2014, p. 521 "12.9% of the city's population identifies itself as gay or lesbian and there doesn't tend to be much sexual-orientation-based hostility among the rest of the population."
  2. ^ Schielke 2015.
  3. ^ Haggerty 2013.
  4. ^ Chrystie Hill (April 12, 2003), Queer History in Seattle, Part 1: to 1967, HistoryLink
  5. ^ Kery Murakami (June 22, 2007), "No longer at the center of Seattle's gay scene, bar still serving outsiders", Seattle P-I
  6. ^ Gay Market Guide 2005.
  7. ^ Gene Balk (September 27, 2013), "Seattle overtakes San Francisco as No.1 city for gay couples", The Seattle Times