Pride Flag Raised, Then Lowered To Half-Staff At Washington Capitol

Members of Olympia’s LGBT community hold up letters spelling ORLANDO at a flag raising event at the Capitol. Governor Jay Inslee raised the pride flag and then lowered it to half-staff in honor of the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting.

The rainbow pride flag was raised over the Washington state Capitol  Wednesday. It was then immediately lowered to half-staff in honor of the victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Orlando. 

They gathered on the steps of the state Capitol. Members of Olympia’s LGBT community. State employees. And others. At the base of the steps a small group held up rainbow painted wooden letters that read: ORLANDO.

“Normally we use our letters to spell out OLYPRIDE, as you can see from our banner, but we felt that we wanted to send a message of solidarity to Orlando,” said Anna Schlecht.

Schlecht is the president of Capital City Pride whose annual festival begins Friday. She says this year’s gathering will be different.

“I think that we’re going to have people who are sobbing, crying, people who are laughing and dancing and everything in between,” said Schlecht.

Then it was it time to raise the flag. Governor Jay Inslee led the effort.

“So we’re raising the pride flag in the state of Washington both out of conviction and compassion,” said Inslee.

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