Yesterday Mayor Murray hosted the first annual Pride Reception at City Hall, bringing together local members of the LGBT community to celebrate the start of Seattle’s Pride Week.
At the reception, the Mayor presented the first ever Pride Award to Charlie Brydon, an LGBT leader who helped bring gay rights to the forefront of Seattle and Washington politics. The Mayor also proclaimed June 25th, 2015 as Charlie Brydon Day in Seattle.
Brydon persuaded then Mayor Wes Uhlman to commemorate Seattle’s first Gay Pride Week in 1977, a tradition that will continue this Sunday. He also established the Dorian Group, which sought to end housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and in 1978 Brydon rallied activists to join Citizens to Retain Fair Employment, which organized fundraising and educational activities to push back at national efforts to roll-back employment protections. Brydon’s work with Hands Off Washington successfully fought discriminatory state ballot initiatives, established chapters across the state, and laid the foundation for future LGBT political organizations, initiatives, campaigns and public officials.