LGBT culture in Seattle
Seattle has a sizeable gay minority, 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. Gay cabaret traveled in a circuit including Seattle and San Francisco since the 1930s. 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.
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.
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.
Notable LGBT people in and around Seattle include:
- Faygele Ben-Miriam, activist
- Jenny Durkan, former United States Attorney; Mayor of Seattle since 2017 and the first female mayor since the 1920s
- Rebecca Heineman, video game programmer
- Jinkx Monsoon, drag queen and singer
- Waxie Moon, performer
- Ed Murray, former Seattle mayor 2015 to 2017 (left because of child sexual allegations)
- W. H. Pugmire, performer and writer
- Robbie Turner, drag queen
- Dan Savage, writer and activist
- Capitol Hill
- Cuff Complex
- Double Header
- Garden of Allah
- Madison Pub
- Pike Street
- Queer Bar
- Seattle Eagle
- Shelly's Leg
Other LGBT establishments include: C.C. Attle's, Club Z, Crescent Lounge, The Lobby Bar, Neighbours, Purr Cocktail Lounge, and R Place.
- 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."
- Schielke 2015.
- Haggerty 2013.
- Chrystie Hill (April 12, 2003), Queer History in Seattle, Part 1: to 1967, HistoryLink
- Kery Murakami (June 22, 2007), "No longer at the center of Seattle's gay scene, bar still serving outsiders", Seattle P-I
- Gay Market Guide 2005.
- Gene Balk (September 27, 2013), "Seattle overtakes San Francisco as No.1 city for gay couples", The Seattle Times
- Schielke, Aaron (2015), Not For Tourists Guide to Seattle 2016, Skyhorse Publishing, ISBN 9781510700253
- Haggerty, George (2013), Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures, Routledge, p. 158, ISBN 9781135585068
- Gay Market Guide, Hyperion, 2005, p. 62, ISBN 9780974895734
- Sainsbury, Brendan; Brash, Celeste (2014), Lonely Planet Seattle, Lonely Planet, ISBN 9781743218273