Raise the flag – Finn Hill Middle School student to raise Progress Pride flag at Lumen Field

    Bobby Jones FHMS

    Bobby Jones, eighth grader at Finn Hill Middle School, is having a big year, and it just got a little bigger. Bobby will be on hand to raise a giant Progress Pride flag at Lumen Field on Thursday, June 24. That is two days before the Seattle Sounders play in their Pride Match against Vancouver. Bobby is transgender, and, according to his school counselor, is quickly becoming a voice for his generation. He has been very busy throughout this year working for his community, meeting with powerful people, including Senator Patty Murray over a Zoom call, to discuss the important issue of trans youth in sports. Bobby was also featured in a news story on KIRO TV in September about his family’s fight to change a policy in his soccer league that stated players must play on teams of their gender assigned at birth. According to Bobby’s mother, that policy has since been changed. 

    The Progress Pride flag that will fly at Lumen Field is a variation of the classic Pride flag. It was created by graphic designer Daniel Quasar in 2018. The Progress Pride flag adds a chevron to the classic Pride flag design, with colors representing marginalized communities of color and trans pride; placing an emphasis on inclusion and progression.

    The Progress Pride flag will fly atop Lumen Field through Sunday, June 27. In addition to Bobby raising the flag, the event is scheduled to feature Sounders FC representative Brad Evans, local queer poet Ebo Barton and Starbucks representative Ariel Molina, barista at Starbucks’ Seattle Children’s Hospital location.