My Pride: Jon Mejia’s Seattle
Jon Mejia is board member of Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP), which puts on the city’s annual Pride Parade, held June 28. He talked to GayCities contributor Barbara Wilcox about fun stuff to do in Seattle during pride week–and beyond.
What was your first Pride like?
My first Pride, in Los Angeles, was a revelation of the scope and diversity of our community. Hundreds of thousands of men and women; young old, conservative and extravagant — an entire spectrum of humanity that just happened to be born gay — gathering to celebrate our commonality and to focus our energy on our political future.
What’s special about Seattle Pride?
Seattle Pride is set to become the city’s largest spectator event, overtaking Seafair as the No. 1 draw. We are the largest Pride in the Pacific Northwest, attracting folks from Vancouver, B.C., to San Diego, Calif.
What’s the sexiest Pride float you’ve ever seen?
It had go-go boys dancing alongside their PFLAG moms and dads. There’s nothing sexier than a family that dances together, especially in public!
How do you, personally, celebrate?
I’m on the (SoAP) board, so my Pride starts early and ends late, just how I like it!
Any advice for out-of-towners?
Seattle is one of the most beautiful cities in the world during the summer and spring. The water, which is everywhere, shimmers magically as the temperature hits the 70s and 80s and the café people stay out late on the sidewalks of the city. Be sure also to take the ferry to one of the local islands for an unforgettable view of Seattle. Do it around sunset for a super-romantic treat.
Some favorite places you can recommend?
Tulio’s downtown (just across the street from the fabulous Rem Koolhaas library) has excellent service and delicious, well-priced entrees. The iconic Seattle Space Needle is still a great place to grab a glass of wine and a 360-degree view of Seattle. Rock music lovers, be sure to put the Experience Music Project on your list of places to visit. Give yourself at least 1-2 hours to revel in this monument to the history of rock and roll.
Also, Seattle is made up of many charming neighborhoods, each with its own distinct flavor. You’ll love exploring the main streets of Madrona, Queen Anne, Madison Valley and Fremont. These distinctive areas are just minutes from downtown Seattle and are populated with unique shops, friendly natives and exceptional dining venues.
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