Showing up for LGBTQ communities

Crossposted from Public Health Insider

By Jesse Chipps, HIV/AIDS Planning Council Coordinator at Public Health – Seattle & King County

Pictured: From left to right, Leah Holland, Jesse Chipps, Ronan Cox and Darron Lewis, a few staff from Public Health’s proud LGBTQ community.

June is National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, and each year at this time hundreds of King County employees, department directors and public officials march together in Seattle’s Pride Parade. Rainbow tinsel laden vehicles, bubble machines, and matching t-shirts pull the group together as One King County.

Same sex marriage became legal in Washington State on December 6, 2012, at midnight.  While couples who had waited for decades to marry could have waited another few hours until the King County Recorder’s Office opened the next morning, King County Executive Dow Constantine began issuing licenses, personally, at 12:01 a.m.

One of the county’s core values is to be “fair and just” in all we do in order to achieve equitable opportunities for all people and communities.  This language was passed into law in 2010 by a unanimous vote of the County Council. The ordinance reflects the values if those who live and work here.

To see photos of King County employees participating in Seattle’s Pride Parade, click here.

Read more at Public Health Insider