Welcome to Spokane’s Pride

Dedicated to the oral history of the LGBT community in Spokane County.
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“We’d have a gay bashing .”  “Don’t you think you’re gay?”  “Are you together?”  “I just wasn’t afraid.”  “God hasn’t turned from me.”

In 2012, Washington became one of the first three states in which voters approved marriage equality. Spokane’s complex relationship with its LGBT community is suggested by the vote for approval: 53 percent in Washington State, 51 percent in the City of Spokane, and 44 percent in Spokane County.

Spokane’s Pride shares the longer history of Spokane’s LGBT community by asking people to speak to their experiences from the 1960s to the present. We hope that doing so will lead to greater understanding and to an appreciation for the historical significance of their lives.

Spokane County is home to approximately 470,000 citizens, with about 210,000 living in the city itself. Spokane is thus a small city when compared to Seattle or Los Angeles, but it is “the big city” when compared to surrounding areas in Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

If you are looking for information on Spokane’s annual Pride celebration, you will find it at the website of OutSpokane. But we hope you will take a look around here too.

This site is being archived. Transcriptions of the interviews for this project will be available (within the next month or two) at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Washington State Digital Archive.

Last updated:  17 March 2017.