(SEATTLE) — A Seattle community rights activist is going to the extreme to try and save a building in her neighborhood: she’s marrying it.
Babylonia Aivaz has invited the Seattle public to attend what she calls the “gay wedding” to the building on Sunday. The building is an abandoned warehouse that is in the process of being demolished, according to ABC affiliate KOMO. Aivaz hopes to save the space for a community center.
“Yes, I’m in love with a 107 year old building! Yes, ITS A GAY MARRIAGE! How is that possible? Well there must obviously be a deeper story,” Aivaz wrote on her Facebook invitation to the wedding.
In December, Avaiz and 16 others held a protest at the building, circling around the property and linking arms to fight for dedicated community space, according to the report. The warehouse is slated to be demolished and turned into a mixed-use apartment building.
But Aivaz wanted to go further.
“If corporations can have the rights as people, so can buildings,” Aivaz told KOMO. “I’m doing this to show the building how much I love it, how much I love community space and how much I love this neighborhood. And I want to stop it from gentrification.”
When demolition work began on the building this week, days ahead of the planned wedding, Aivaz went to the site of the work and changed into her wedding dress, climbing on equipment to draw attention to the cause.
She said the wedding would go on as planned Sunday.
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