The Diocese of Olympia

The Episcopal Church in Western Washington

Let's show our Episcopal Pride in 2023!

Join folx from around the Diocese of Olympia for 2023 Pride events scheduled in June & July including: marching in the Seattle Pride Parade behind the Episcopal banner, and making connections at Pride events all over western Washington...

Episcopal Pride in Seattle:

  • PrideFest Capitol Hill - Saturday, June 24 - Noon – 8:00 PM. Episcopal booth coordinated by Saint Mark’s Cathedral. Contact Michael Seewer to volunteer for a 2-hour time slot.

  • Seattle Pride Parade - Sunday, June 25 - Step-off at 11:00 AM. March from downtown to Seattle Center along 4th Avenue. Hand out candy and information, hold the banner, and help the church communicate a warm welcome! Coordinated by the Diocesan Pride Team. More info. here.

  • PrideFest Seattle Center - Sunday, June 25, immediately following the Parade, noon – 6:00 p.m., under the Space Needle. Hang out at the parade after-party at the Episcopal booth! Contact Deacon Sue Mings to volunteer for a 2-hour time slot.

Episcopal Pride Around Western Washington:

  • Lewis County Pride - Saturday, June 10, 10 – 2:00 PM, Pine Street Plaza. Episcopal booth coordinated by St. Timothy, Chehalis. Contact the Rev. Kay Flores

  • Kitsap Pride - Saturday, July 22, 2:00 – 9:00 PM. Episcopal booth hosted by St. Bede’s, Port Orchard; St. Paul’s, Bremerton; and Faith, Poulsbo. Other Kitsap County churches are very welcome to collaborate! Kitsap County Fairgrounds, Bremerton. Contact Arthur Ferguson or Claire Fox


  • Taking Pride in Capitol Hill – Saturday, June 3, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Get a free t-shirt, a free meal, and connect with community to spiffy the streets and sidewalks of Capitol Hill to prepare for Pride month. Join the team from Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

  • Pride Interfaith Service – Saturday June 24. All Pilgrims Christian Church, located at the corner of Broadway and Republican in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. Time TBD. Contact [email protected] to stay in the loop.

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Let's march for justice! The Episcopal Church of Western Washington is in the line-up for the Seattle Pride Parade - 2023 and we hope you will help share the love and a spirit of welcome with the thousands of people on the parade route!

Click the Register Here! button to add your name to the contact list. Exact information on time and location will be emailed to you as soon as that information becomes available. We will also provide you with the cell number of our point of contact on the parade route.

T-shirts will be available as our gift (see the 2023 design, below), and signs will be provided, but feel free to wear your own pride t-shirt, bring your own homemade sign and/or a flag too! Churches are encouraged to walk with their church banner, and clergy are encouraged to march in clericals.

Let’s show up as joyful and proud Episcopalians who know the meaning of hospitality and the wide embrace of God’s love! 

Gather a team! Would you like a publicity "kit" (blurb and graphic) for your church e-news?

E-mail: [email protected]

Register Here!

Parade Fast Facts:

Sunday, June 25,

Parade starts at 11:00 a.m.

Route: 2.5 miles along 4th Avenue

A Letter from Michael Seewer

Pride Planning Team Member

Hello Diocese of Olympia and friends!

I am grateful to be a part of this year’s Pride Planning committee, representing Saint Mark’s and our new Queer in Christ ministry. The reality is, I’m just one person of many who have contributed their time, energy, and passion into helping form our new Queer ministry here. The response from our cathedral community has been overwhelmingly positive! What a beautiful thing.

When I first started going to an Episcopal church back in 2008, I was pleasantly surprised and overjoyed to learn of TEC’s acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people. Having been raised a combination of Roman Catholic and Evangelical (non-denominational) Christian, I was raised in an environment of shame and sin surrounding my identity as a gay man.

Having found a Church that accepts me for who I am, and that approaches me as a human being and beloved child of God first and foremost, has had a profoundly positive impact on my faith and life.

I am also grateful for The Episcopal Church empowering and emboldening me to stand up for what is right, specifically when it comes to the rights of LGBTQIA+ people. Back in 2008, I remember feeling called to participate in a Proposition 8 protest. I was afraid of potentially appearing in the news, and I didn’t want to bring disappointment or shame to my parents. I took a chance, and emailed Bishop Gene Robinson (whose book “In the Eye of the Storm” I had recently read) to seek advice on whether I should attend the protest. I received a reply from him within hours, and his response has stuck with me to this day. He told me:

“Whatever decision you make, God will love you. This is NOT at risk. What IS at risk is your own self-respect and hope for the future. Someday your parents will understand why this is important to you and to us. You cannot let their concerns dissuade you from becoming the person God created you to be.”

And thus began my life of newfound freedom – no longer ashamed to be a gay man – and now proud to speak out about my faith and sexuality as both being beloved parts of my identity.

I still walk my journey of faith, following Jesus, inspired by those words Bishop Robinson spoke to me almost 15 years ago. I was lucky to be able to meet him on his visit to my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky back in 2010. I smile every time I see the photo (above) of the two of us on my wall, and I keep a printed copy of his email response to me from 2008.

I hope that as we participate in Pride Month, you too are empowered and emboldened to proudly be a witness to those in our LGBTQIA+ community who may not realize they are all also

beloved children of God.

Blessings to us on our faith journeys!

Michael Seewer

Cathedral Sacristan & Head Verger at Saint Mark’s

Convenor of Saint Mark’s Queer in Christ ministry

St. John, Olympia Presents...

True Colors: The Meaning of the Flag Stripes











Rainbow Flag - Activist Gilbert Baker created the rainbow flag as a symbol of pride, diversity and unity for the LGBTQ+ community after he was commissioned by Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. The rainbow flag first appeared at the 1978 San Francisco Gay Freedom Parade. 

Progress Pride Flag - In 2018, non-binary designer Daniel Quasar combined the rainbow flag with the Philadelphia pride and transgender flags to celebrate the diversity of the modern-day LGBTQ+ community while calling for a more inclusive society.

-- Excerpt from the article "Waving Proudly: Learn the Meanings behind LGBT Flags," published by Case Western Review University, 2022

Download a Progressive Pride Flag Here

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