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2024

Duvall Artist Beams with Pride Over New Installation

Snoqualmie Valley Record, June 25th, 2024
Front Page Feature!

“The new installation, called “How Far We’ve Come,” went up May 7 and uses 12 different ribbon colors to represent the Intersex-Inclusive Progress Pride flag. It has the original rainbow colors of the Pride flag, plus black and brown for people of color; pink, blue and white for the transgender community; and a purple circle on a yellow background for intersex individuals.”

Community Spotlight Awards

Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, June 14th, 2024

Pride Across the Bridge was nominated for Bellevue Chamber of Commerce’s 2024 Community Spotlight Awards. After the community had the opportunity to vote for their favorite civic leader, business and nonprofit, Pride Across the Bridge was welcomed to accept the award, tied with St. Jude Children’s Hospital at the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Gala.

Pride Artwork in Duvall Returns, But Concerns Remain

Seattle Gay News, May 17th, 2024

“Duvall’s Pride Wall, displayed near the city entrance, was taken down last year after the city received threats, combined with its lack of a sign and art policy. Since then, a lot has changed. Axton Burton, executive director of Pride Across the Bridge and the artist who created the original piece, got to see their newly designed Pride art installed on the side of city hall by community members at Duvall’s first Pride event over last weekend.”

Pride Ribbon Project to be Installed at Duvall City Hall

The Woodinville Weekly, May 3rd, 2024

“The community is encouraged to participate in its creation. Says Burton, “I think it’s an incredibly important part of this process, because it gives the community the opportunity to use their time, hands, and energy to create something that throughout the year they can look back and say, ‘I was a part of that’. Especially for the queer community, there are very rare opportunities to be able to po- int to something and say that.”

GenPride- Pillars of Pride, Rainbow Partner

GenPride, April 28th, 2024
Front Page Feature in Seattle Gay News (SGN)!

GenPride, a Seattle based nonprofit serving LGBT seniors in King County, nominated Pride Across the Bridge as their Rainbow Partner award recipient of 2024 at their Honoring the Silver in the Rainbow Gala.

2023

Family Finds Freedom, Joy in WA After Fleeing Anti-Trans Legislation in Texas

Seattle Times, September 16th, 2023

“As the sun beamed down on the family at Redmond Pride this month, they sat on a park bench twirling rainbow and trans pride flags. While Keegan and Brian browsed vendor booths, Juliet stayed safely cuddled in her mother’s arms, sporting a T-shirt that read: “Trans Rights are Human Rights.”

Pride Wall Supporters Outnumber Homophobes and Transphobes at Duvall Public Meeting

The Stranger, Aug 18th, 2023

“The addition of the right-wing flags forced the issue because the fence is legally part of the public right-of-way, which is arguably subject to the First Amendment’s right to free speech and expression. Duvall officials told The Stranger in July that the City could risk a lawsuit from a white nationalist, or another objector, for censoring speech if officials took down the far-right flags but kept up the Pride wall. Leaving the hate symbols untouched two blocks away from City Hall was not an option, so it all came down for now.”

Lack of Policy Failing Duvall Artists: Pride Art Removed After Threats

Seattle Gay News, August 4th, 2023

“Axton Burton was commissioned to create a colorful Pride wall made of carefully tied ribbons on the fence outside of the Valley Mail shipping business in Duvall over a year ago, and up until recently, it had remained largely untouched. The highly visible art piece near the entrance and exit of the city was taken down by the city on July 21 due to complaints and threats the city received — threats that had legal ground to stand on. The potential for a new and permanent Pride art installation has been aired, but for now the individually tied ribbons are sitting somewhere in city hall with an unclear future.”

Duvall Removes Pride Installation After Extremists Attacked It

The Stranger, July 27th, 2023

“City council candidate Carol Kufeldt owns the business behind the fence, Valley Mail, which she called the friendliest packing and shipping business in town. She commissioned the wall from artist Axton Burton after seeing their ribbon art in Redmond. Volunteers spent hours threading the wire mesh with colored ribbons and twice returned to reweave it, repairing damage from vandals who tore at its stripes and ripped Pride flags off the Valley Mail. Kufeldt loved the installation, not only for its message but for how the ribbons glowed in the sunlight. ”

2022

Redmond Residents Ask for Inclusivity Beyond Pride Month

Redmond Reporter, November 4th, 2022

“An issue Burton brought up from Redmond Pride was the police presence. Burton was under the impression that law enforcement would not be present at the event, yet a patrol car parked behind the main stage where BIPOC LGBTQ+ women were preparing to perform for the first time. Burton stated that the city did not follow through with their promise to not have police presence, and that police Chief Darrell Lowe issued an apology. “I’m calling on Redmond to put money behind their words of inclusion, Pride proclamation and show responsibility for its police accountability, and pay for next year’s venue, allowing me and the volunteers of Redmond Pride 2023 to focus on welcoming more people from Redmond, the Eastside and beyond,” said Burton.”

A Long Time Overdue: Pride on the Eastside

Redmond Reporter, September 2nd, 2022

“Redmond Pride will feature 49 vendors, including The Garage Teen Cafe, Room to Craft, Rudy’s, Writhe Pole Dance and Pawsome Goodies & Treats, among others. Additionally, musicians and drag queens will take the stage, such as Britton Bangs, Elizabeth Hill, Rose Prosecco and Mila Skyy. Burton relayed how Redmond Pride has already made an impact on vendors and people who said they will attend, solely because of the opportunity.”

2021

A new resource for my LGBTQ+ peeps!

Jackie Phairow’s Photography & Design, November 16th, 2021

“Being the first openly transgender student to attend Cedarcrest Highschool, Axton’s journey was a lot different than my kids. Axton did not have the staff support or LGBTQ+ terminology available to help them to self-discovery. Eight years after their high school graduation and as a fully established independent business owner,  Axton was approached by an Eastside mom to create a binder of information and resources for her transgender student. Axton seized the opportunity and began to research and seek out LGBTQ+ friendly businesses. They went the extra mile, ensuring that the business’s support of the community is genuine. Oh Yeah! The binder includes educational terms and tools, LGBTQ+ resources, and local support for the transgender community. ”