Painting the Rainbow: Seattle LGBTQ+ History Tour
A Point of Pride
Did you know Seattle was the home of the oldest continuously-operating gay bar in the country? The Double Header opened its doors in 1934 and didn’t close until 2015.
Washington was one of the first states to legalize gay marriage in 2012, but this was nowhere near the beginning of the state’s trailblazing LGBTQ+ support. Seattle was revered as a gay mecca as early as the 1960s, with an increasing population of community members and supporters making their way to the city.
With its rainbow-adorned décor and historic monuments of gay culture, the Capitol Hill neighborhood remains the epicenter of all things LGBTQ+ in Seattle.
“Amazing tour. Essential Seattle history for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies alike.”
What is the Seattle LGBTQ+ History Tour About?
Blending rich history, eccentric attractions, and fascinating facts, the Seattle LGBTQ+ Tour provides a comprehensive look at the fascinating journey of the gay community in Seattle. Meet larger-than-life LGBTQ+ business owners and hear stories of the groundbreaking activists who paved the way for gay rights – long before painted rainbows adorned Seattle’s streets.
What You Will See on This Tour:
On this spirited exploration of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, you will be introduced to:
- The fantasy world of the Trendy Wendy Boutique
- Unique treats at Unicorn
- Pride-themed libations at Wildrose
- And so much more…
Professional tour guides will escort you to a handful of Seattle’s gay community landmarks and provide local recommendations for where you can indulge in a rollicking drag show, sensational cabaret, or boozy brunch in the Emerald City.
Join us for a stroll through the history, pride, and joy embodied by Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or who they love, we are all more free.”
- Barack Obama
Meeting point address: 211 Broadway E, Seattle WA
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Parking: We recommend parking near Trendy Wendy Boutique. To see options, click below
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November 24th 2023
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Please arrive to the designated meeting location before your tour’s start time, or they may leave without you! Your email confirmation will verify map and meeting location.
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This tour is a walking tour.