Celebrating Pride and the fight for equality

Dear fellow King County employee,

King County Executive Dow Constantine

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, a turning point in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in our nation.

We have come a long way since this landmark event, yet many LGBTQ+ Americans continue to experience discrimination and fear in their personal and work lives.

Here in King County we are dedicated to being a welcoming, inclusive community.

In 2012, King County became the first jurisdiction in the nation to enact marriage equality based on voter approval, and one of my proudest moments as County Executive occurred just after midnight on Thursday, Dec. 6 of that year, when I issued the first marriage licenses in Washington state to same-sex couples.

In July of 2017 in response to the Federal administration’s transgender military ban, I issued Executive Order CPM-11-2-EO, to ensure that King County veterans programs and assistance would be available to any transgender service member discharged due to the federal government’s stated policy of excluding patriotic transgender Americans from military service.

Our message is clear: whether you’ve just arrived in King County or you’ve lived here your whole life, whether this is the first day of your King County career or you’re a long-time employee, this is your home. You belong here.

This Sunday I will march alongside hundreds of our King County colleagues, family, and friends in the Seattle Pride Parade in support of LGBTQ+ rights, and you are invited to join us. And this Thursday at 1 p.m. on the Administration Building Plaza, I will raise the Pride Flag over the Administration Building. If you are at lunch or on a break, you are welcome to join me.

You may have heard me discuss what I call our True North: Making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. Of course we have many more barriers to break down if we are to reach this goal. The events at the Stonewall Inn 50 years ago, and the prejudices that LGBTQ+ people continue to battle today, remind us why we must remain steadfast in our work to create a truly welcoming, inclusive, just community, and nation.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Dow Constantine
King County Executive