Alki Beach Pride’s mission is to unite the LGBTQ+ community, celebrate LQBTQ+ culture in a dignified way that acknowledges the intersection of race, liberate LGBTQ+ people who do not feel seen, heard or accepted, and to educate our community in a way that fosters inclusivity, equality, and respect for everyone. Through this foundation we hope to continue to empower our LQBTQ+ voices and work, as well as strengthen community and ally connections.
Alki Beach Pride hopes to honor the memory of the Stonewall Riots and inspire activism that leads to an end to discrimination and true equality.
Over 20 years ago Alki Beach Pride started as an outlet for LGBTQ+ folks to gather with friends who were looking for something to do other than the local club scene — a simple gathering of friends around a bonfire each year. Through these gatherings at the beach, a reputation for hosting wonderful, sun-filled celebrations, intended for people to connect, had blossomed. People began asking if we had considered doing something bigger, so in 2014 Alki Beach Pride was officially created in order to build new ways to better connect and strengthen our community in West Seattle.
We were married right here on the beach where Alki Beach Pride happens every year and we hope to share our love for each other, our community and this beautiful area that we call home, in ways that foster acceptance and understanding each year. In 2016, the same year as the Pulse Nightclub shootings, we decided that instead of the usual smaller potluck style event, that we would set up on the beach and open up the event to welcome everyone! By 2018, since our events were so well received and has continued to grow, we were asked to be an official Seattle Pride event!
We could not be more proud to be able to continue to grow Alki Beach Pride into something that brings so much joy to those who attend. Alki Beach Pride has always been a family friendly event that is representative of just how diverse and beautiful family is. We truly enjoy bringing Pride to Alki Beach to celebrate our community and enjoy one of Seattle's most revered landmarks. This is and always has been a passion project and we hope to see you out enjoying the sun, the sand, and the celebration, with us this, and every year!
Stacy and Jolie, Founder and Event Organizers