Community Q&A

The stories shared by the LGBTQIA artists exhibiting at the CCM during the inaugural Pride Month Art Show in June 2021 sparked conversations with our Eastside community members. Here are answers to some of the questions that we have received:

Where can I learn more about the various Pride flags?

Outright Action International’s “Flags of the LGBTIQ Community” lists the following Pride flags and explains the meanings of their colors:

  • agender pride flag
  • asexual pride flag
  • bisexual pride flag
  • genderfluid pride flag
  • genderqueer pride flag
  • intersex pride flag
  • lesbian pride flag
  • non-binary pride flag
  • pansexual pride flag
  • transgender pride flag

What is asexuality?

Asexuality is a sexual orientation, as explained on

Asexuals are a diverse group. Demisexuals and gray-asexuals are part of the asexual spectrum. See “Understanding Asexuality” by the Trevor Project.

What are some resources for bilingual families with LGBTQIA+ members?

GLAAD’s Para los Padres y las Familias/For Parents & Families


NQAPIA and Asian Pride Project’s AAPI Parents who love their LGBT kids project:

  • Videos in Cantonese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
  • Fact sheets in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Thai, Khmer, Hmong, Lao, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu, Tagalog, Ilocano, Arabic

How do Eastside cities support LGBTQIA+ individuals who experience hate incidents?

Redmond and Bellevue police departments have Safe Place programs. Look for the following decals at participating businesses and organizations. These designate safe locations where individuals who have encountered anti-LGBTQ harassment can seek refuge until the police arrives.

If you are a Bellevue or Redmond business that is interested in participating in your city’s Safe Place Program, visit the following pages:

How do I report hate incidents without involving the police?

King County’s Coalition Against Hate & Bias is a community-led initiative that collects information on hate and bias incidents through the Hate and Bias Incident Response Survey.

The survey is administered by coalition partners and does NOT involve the police. If you experience a bias incident, you can contact a coalition partner to fill out the survey. Eastside for All is one of the coalition partners.

“Rainbow on the Eastside” was a great opportunity for learning from each other. We would like to thank everyone who came to the gallery show. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the City of Redmond, Arts and Culture Commission, and Centro Cultural Mexicano in bringing our community together.