They were only around for a few years but the first openly gay country band was formed right here in Seattle! One of the founders of Lavendar Country, Patrick Haggerty, was raised in Port Angeles and discharged from the Peace Corps in the 1960s for being gay. He attended the University of Washington, and formed a band that performed at Seattle’s first Pride Parade, in June of 1974.
You can read more about the band in this Stranger article from 2014, marking the 40th anniversary of the Pride Parade. But, right here, you can listen to some of their music. Enjoy!
We are writing features over the next few days to celebrate #PrideWeek. Did you catch yesterday’s item?