As the Summer/Fall 2016 issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom was going to print, we were stricken with the news from Orlando, Florida, where a gunman murdered 49 people at the Pulse nightclub and injured 53 more. Social media was whirling with accusations about identity, homophobia, religion, gun control, who was being silent and who was standing up.
At Seattle Met Bride and Groom, we would like to count ourselves as one that is standing up. We grieve as human beings for other human beings, and we are an inclusive company that is both LGBTQ and full of straight allies. We remember the victims and honor their families, and recognize that this is a time to act and also, a time for love.
Our industry is based on the spreading of happiness, of giving a couple their best day. Washington is relatively more accepting than some other regions in the world, and we take pride in being that way. We believe love is love is love is love. Be who you are, and we accept who you are; in fact, we’ll make the cake, we’ll provide the roof, we’ll get you the best suit or gown, we’ll take some beautiful photos. We wanted to share a slice of that life here, and remind our readers that we stand in support of our fallen LGBTQ friends.