Section One

April 29, 2005

Volume 33,
Issue 17

Sat, Feb 27, 2016


Seattle Counseling Service brings ICON back to life
Seattle Counseling Service brings ICON back to life
by Sara Michelle Fetters

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities (SCS) proudly announces Icon: A Celebration of Drag, Art & Life to be held on April 30 at 8:00 p.m. at Neumo’s, located on Pike Street in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood. A star-studded benefit for the agency, the event will feature performances by locally and nationally recognized entertainers including Mark “Mom” Finley, the Queen Bees and Arnaldo! Drag Chanteuse.

“This show is a celebration,” said SCS Executive Director Ann McGettigan. “A celebration, not only of Drag as an art form and for Seattle’s excellent performers whom make it great, but for SCS as it continues to supply much-needed services to the area’s vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities. ICON isn’t just a fundraiser, it’s a party, and one we hope everyone in Seattle can come out and enjoy.”

This is the second time ICON has been staged by SCS, and Event Organizer and NEON Health Educator Arnold Martin (a.k.a. Aleksa Manila) a former Miss Gay Seattle who’s sung live with recording artists Pink Martini, hopes it will turn into an annual event. “For me, ICON is a chance to explore and honor the glorious history, past and present, Drag offers,” said Martin. “It is a privilege to plan and put this show together, and the fact that it gives SCS a chance to showcase the works they do and the benefits they offer is definitely an added bonus.”

“There are a lot of great performers in our city, all of them ‘icons’ in their own right,” said Martin. “While there are some repeat performers from last year’s event, I wanted to make sure and showcase some of Seattle’s other top Drag entertainers this time. With Agent X Clothing showing off its fashions and noted local artist Stephen McFarlane displaying his work, I really think this year’s ICON will be a fabulous journey through entertainment’s past, present and very hopeful future.”

“It’s very exciting,” said McGettigan. “To me, an ‘icon’ is an institution, an enduring symbol that resonates long after current trends and cultural mores are forgotten. Truthfully, I believe SCS is an icon in the LGBT community, one that I really hope people can get behind and support. There is so much excitement bubbling around the event and I can’t wait to see the plethora of entertainment that’s going to be on display. Coupled with the fantastic items and gift certificates available in both the raffles and auctions, ICON promises to be a fun and exciting panorama people won’t soon forget!”

After the performances, audience members will be invited to stay for an after party featuring some of Seattle’s hottest DJ’s. Tickets for the event are $15 at the door while V.I.P. tickets guaranteeing prime reserved seating and zero-line entry can be purchased from SCS directly for $25. “People will certainly enjoy themselves,” said McGettigan, “and, hopefully, they’ll like what they see and will open up their pocketbooks to help make sure SCS can keep delivering outstanding services to our community.”

Seattle Counseling Service for Sexual Minorities is located on the corner of Pine and Melrose in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood. SCS is invested in the social health and well-being of the LGBT community. Most of the counselors and staff identify as LGBT and all are committed to the issues of the community. For more information on SCS and their services please go online to or call (206) 323-1768.

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