🏳️‍🌈 Seattle's LGBTQ+ story is over a century in the making

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Seattle's LGBTQ+ story is more than a century in the making 🏳️‍🌈

An LGBTQ+ protest against Initiative 13

From Seattle's first "gayborhood" to one of the nation's last remaining lesbian bars, on this last day of Pride Month take a step back in time to learn about the city's rich LGBTQ+ history.


Dial up those early internet vibes with City of Seattle's first website

Seattle's first website

Ah, how far we’ve come since the days of dial-up. The City of Seattle’s first website launched in 1995, netting a whopping 33 visitors that first day, and offering access to important info like employment opportunities, permits, and a pretty impressive virtual tour of city sites. 


Council Edition unpacks a busy start to summer at City Hall

Council President Juarez and Councilmember Strauss join Council Edition

It's a busy time at City Hall. Council President Debora Juarez and Councilmember Dan Strauss join Council Edition for an update on how the city is responding to the Supreme Court's reversal of the Roe v. Wade decision. Plus the latest on efforts to build a safe parking lot for people living in RVs, upcoming decisions about light rail, and lots more.


Meet Gael Tarleton, Director of Seattle's Office of Intergovernmental Relations

Gael Tarleton

Once a U.S. intelligence analyst on Soviet strategic issues, a port commissioner, and a state representative, Gael D. Tarleton's newest chapter is leading Seattle's Office of Intergovernmental Relations. The department represents the interests of the City of Seattle, building relationships across all levels of government - local, regional, tribal, state, federal, and international. 

Tarleton is one of a slew of new leaders who recently took the helm of City of Seattle departments, including Seattle Public Utilities General Manager and CEO Andrew Lee, Seattle Office of Housing Director Maiko Winkler-Chin, and Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Director Hamdi Mohamed.


Music of Resistance and Hope for Juneteenth

Juneteenth concert

Seattle’s Juneteenth concert, “The Songs of Black Folk: The Music of Resistance and Hope,” reminds us to celebrate Juneteenth every day. The concert at McCaw Hall featured music that takes us on a “sankofa-like musical journey.” Sankofa is a term from the Twi language of Ghana that means “to retrieve from the past what we need to move forward.”


Remember 2021’s record-breaking temperatures?

A woman sits on a lawn chair in in the lake

It was just one year ago that Seattle and the entire Pacific Northwest broke record after record with the infamous heat wave. So far, this year’s been a little different and you won’t hear us complaining. We’re practicing some gratitude by watching this video from June 28, 2021.


Welcome Back Bash kicks off summer

Photos of City and County workers

The City of Seattle’s Welcome Back Bash welcomed employees back to a reopened downtown and thanked them for their hard work throughout these past couple years. The party in the plaza kicked off summer with live music, food trucks, and remarks from the mayor.


COVID-19 resources

Free at-home tests. Each household is eligible to receive free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government. And, while supplies last, Washingtonians can order up to two COVID-19 test kits per month from the website sayyescovidhometest.org (ordering available in English and Spanish).

Free N95 masks. Visit the federal government's one-stop COVID website to find locations to get free masks.

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