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All Are Welcome

With Open Arms and Open Hearts: Seattle Welcomes All

Diverse people, cultures and ideas are celebrated here—it’s what makes the Seattle fabric special. In this city of inclusion, attendees feel welcome, inspired to be themselves, and most importantly safe in Seattle. It’s how Seattle meets.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin | Photo: Alan Alabastro

Women rule, literally

With almost 30,000 women business owners, Seattle is ranked the second best city for women entrepreneurs. Women in Seattle have multiple seats at the table, are breaking through the glass ceiling, and are leading our city. Female city councilmembers occupy more positions than their male counterparts, 2 to 1, and Seattle just swore in a woman (and proud lesbian) mayor, Jenny Durkan.

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Gender diversity surrounds our hotels and WSCC

Downtown Seattle is directly adjacent to the colorful Capitol Hill neighborhood, which has long been the city’s gay epicenter, with rainbow-painted crosswalks and many ways to dive into the LGBTQ scene. Aside from Capitol Hill, there are gay-friendly and gay-owned establishments just about everywhere in town. Each summer, Seattle hosts two annual Pride festivals, while the Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus are the largest LGBTQ-identified men’s and women’s choruses in the world. It’s pretty clear that in Seattle, we take pride in everybody.

PCMA Ascent

Visit Seattle is proud to not only be a Premier Partner of PCMA, but also an Inaugural Patron of Ascent—a strategic initiative that aims to make the business event industry a model for diversity and inclusion.  Opportunity for all people is an important part of Seattle’s fabric and it’s how we do business.

Photo: David Newman

Seattle’s Asian Cultural Heritage

A few train stops south of WSCC, Seattle’s Chinatown-International District is a hub of Seattle’s East and Southeast Asian peoples and their cultures. Little Saigon, Chinatown and Japantown are home to some of our city’s most special restaurants, boutiques, and history. The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience—a Smithsonian affiliate—is named for our first Asian city councilmember, and gives visitors a chance to explore how our Asian citizens’ cultures shaped the settlement and development of the Pacific Northwest.

Image: Favianna for the National Endowment for the Arts

Showing Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees

Seattle takes pride in being a sanctuary city. So, when the travel ban was issued in 2017, Seattleites were asked to shine a light in support of immigrants and refugees. The response was extraordinary. Seattleites lit candles and lanterns in the windows of their homes and gathered together in their respective neighborhoods. Watch it all unfold in the video below.

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