PORTRAITURE EXHIBIT @ TAM
Now showing at Tacoma Art Museum through June 10, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the first major exhibit to address how gender identity and sexual orientation have shaped the creation of modern American portraiture. The exhibit includes more than 100 works spanning nearly 150 years. On June 2 at 2 p.m., co-curator and National Portrait Gallery historian David Ward will provide an in-depth look into the art ($15 charge for this event). Tacoma Art Museum is located at 1701 Pacific Ave., and is open Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
DYKE MARCH FUNDRAISER
On Saturday, June 2, Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) hosts a benefit for the 2012 Dyke March (June 23, see below) from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be dancing and prizes including Cupcake Royale gift certificates, Rat City Rollergirls gift bags, Sinner Saint Burlesque tickets, and more. Information at www.facebook.com/SeattleDykeMarch.
UNDERWEAR FASHION SHOW
On Saturday, June 2, Seattle FrontRunners presents its 3rd annual Underwear Fashion Show at R Place (619 E. Pine St.), from 9 to 11 p.m. Beneficiaries include GLSEN and the It Gets Better Project. Seattle FrontRunners is a running and walking club for Gay men, Lesbians, and friends. Information is available at www.seattlefrontrunners.org.
PRIDE IDOL WILDCARD ROUND
Just one more night to catch Pride Idol before the Grand Finale! On Sunday, June 3, the runner-ups from previous weeks will compete in the Wildcard Round at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), with one singer advancing to next weeks finals (June 10, see below). This years judges are Shaun Knittel of SGN, Sister Domine Trix of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and actress Kitty Kitty Bang Bang. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the contest starts at 8. The Grand Finale winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a chance to perform aboard the SO&P float in this years Pride Parade, June 24.
On Sunday, June 3, the Lobby Bar (916 E. Pike St.) hosts BeGLiTched, a wedding fashion showcase benefitting Washington United for Marriage, from noon to 2 p.m. Fabulous food, delicious drinks, and fierce fashions. Information at www.shindigevents.org/beglitched.
On Tuesday, June 5, the Q Center at the University of Washington invites you to its 11th annual Lavender Graduation in the 2nd floor cafeteria at the UW Tower (4333 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.). The ceremony stars at 6 p.m. and honors LGBT graduating students of the UW. For more information visit the Q Centers website at http://uwqcenter.wordpress.com/events.
On Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, celebrate the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with Diverse Harmony, a Seattle-area Gay/straight ally youth vocal ensemble celebrating its 10th year. Human Nature takes place at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center (104 17th Ave. S.), beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/247045 and at the door. (Free for ages 21 and under.)
On Saturday, June 9, Washington United for Marriage and Equal Rights Washington invite you to Get Engaged to Defend Marriage Equality! The sixth annual gala fundraiser takes place at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center (800 Pike St.), starting at 6 p.m., and benefits the Approve Referendum 74 campaign. Tickets are $174, or $1,740 to reserve a table for 10. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. For more information, visit www.washingtonunitedformarriage.org/gala.
CAPITAL CITY PRIDE
On Saturday and Sunday, June 9-10, celebrate community and defend equality at Olympias annual pride event. Capital City Pride takes place in Sylvester Park (Capitol Way S. and Legion Way S.W.) with entertainment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Featured performers include Brian Kent, Kim Archer, and Saul Tannenbaum. The parade steps off Sunday at noon. For more information visit www.capitalcitypride.net.
On Saturday, June 9, begin your month of Pride celebrations with a trip to Spokane, where the 2012 Pride theme is Stand Up! Speak Out! Spark Change! The parade steps off at noon on Wall Street at Main Street downtown and is followed by the Rainbow Festival at Gondola Meadows in the southwest corner of Riverfront Park. Details at www.outspokane.com.
RAINBOW CITY BAND
On Sunday, June 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., its Gay Paris at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel (500 Madison St.), and youre invited! This years benefit for the RCB includes a brunch with cocktails, a sidewalk art auction, live music, and other entertainment. The Rainbow City Band steps out for its 15th season this summer, performing in the Seattle, Bellingham, and Vancouver, B.C., Pride parades as well as numerous street fairs and holiday celebrations. Tickets: $65. Information and tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/239544. Please RSVP by June 5.
SOUTH PARK PRIDE PICNIC
On Sunday, June 10, come to the 2nd annual South Park Neighborhood Gay Pride Picnic. This free event takes place at Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 10th Ave. S.), from 1 to 4 p.m. and features food, music, family-friendly fun, and a kids art table. All are welcome.
PRIDE IDOL GRAND FINALE
On Sunday, June 10, be an eyewitness to history at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway), when this years Pride Idol is crowned. Judges Shaun Knittel, Sister Domine Trix, and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang will choose 2012s Idol from among all the winners of this springs series of Pride Idol singing contests. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the contest starts at 8. The Grand Finale winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a chance to perform aboard the SO&P float in this years Pride Parade, June 24.
PORTRAITS OF PRIDE
Sunday, June 10, is the deadline to apply for inclusion in the Portraits of Pride 2012 art exhibit. What does our creative community look like? How do you see yourself when you close your eyes? Portraits of Pride 2012 is an opportunity to introduce yourself to the world through your choice of artistic medium. To apply, send your bio or artist statement (including phone number, e-mail, and mailing address) along with one to three images (jpeg format) of your work, giving title and dimensions of each, to email@example.com. Applicants must be 18 or older. The deadline for art delivery is Wednesday, June 20. If a work is purchased during the show, Gay City requests a 30% commission donation to benefit Project BuildOUT. The exhibit will run from June 23 to July 22 (see below).
POZ SEATTLE PRIDE SOCIAL
On Wednesday, June 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., join POZ Seattle at The Cuff Complex (13th Ave. and E. Pine St.) for their annual Pride Social. Meet on the back patio for BBQ, socializing, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and a whole lot of fun. This event is free (except for the cost of beverages) and is for all HIV-Positive men and their friends, regardless of age, shape, size, or color. Information at www.pozseattle.org.
UNICORNS VS. UNIFORMS
PRIDE LAUNCH PARTY
On Thursday, June 14, from 7 to 10 p.m. The Producers Collective presents Pride Launch Party: Unicorns vs. Uniforms at Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) featuring performances by Ruby Rouge, Luscious LadyPop, Max Pride, Violet deVille and more!!! With emcee: Toby Noon. Tickets: $20 or $15 with donation of a bath towel. With the Unicorn Men and Seattle Girls of Leather.
PORTLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL
From Friday, June 15, to Sunday, June 17, Portland is Pride Central in the Northwest. This years parade begins at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 17, at Park Avenue and Burnside Street downtown. Marchers will proceed along Davis Street through historic Old Town/Chinatown to Naito Parkway along the Willamette River, and then head down Naito to Waterfront Park, where the three-day festival takes place. Main-stage performers include Colton Ford, Kim English, Bobby Jo Valentine, DJs Tony Moran and Nina Sky, and the Portland Lesbian and Gay Mens Choruses. Details at http://pridenw.org.
SEATTLE EROTIC ART FESTIVAL
From Saturday, June 16, to Sunday, June 24, Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St.) hosts the 10th annual Seattle Erotic Art Festival. This years event includes many Pride and LGBTQ-focused offerings, including performances by Tigger! and Waxie Moon; Queer Pride: Best of the Seattle Lesbian and Gay Film Festival; a Pride Party; HomoPhoto Art: A 60-Year rEvolution, celebrating the history of Gay erotic art; and a series of Pride Art Tours hosted by local LGBTQ artists and collectors. Festival organizers say about half of each years attendees identify as LGBTQ. More information at www.seattleerotic.org.
SEATTLE PRIDE PICNIC
On Saturday, June 16, come out and declare with pride, We Are Family at SO&Ps annual Pride Picnic, catered by Spud.com. A buffet featuring hamburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, fresh fruit, salads, and beverages will be offered for just $1 per person from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Volunteer Park (14th Ave. E. and E. Galer St.). Information at SO&Ps website, www.seattlepride.org/official-events.html.
SEATTLE MENS CHORUS
On Saturday, June 16, the Seattle Mens Chorus presents a Friends and Family Preview, at which audiences can see and hear the chorus fine-tune its songs and staging for its Pride weekend show (June 22-23, see below). The preview will be held at the IKEA Performing Arts Center in Renton (400 S. 2nd St.) starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $10 and can be purchased at the box office or by calling (206) 388-1400.
RUN AND WALK WITH PRIDE
On Sunday, June 17, Seattle FrontRunners holds its annual Run and Walk With Pride fundraiser. This years event benefits the It Gets Better Project and takes place at Seward Park (5895 Lake Washington Blvd. S.) beginning at 10 a.m. There is an entry fee of $25 for adults, $15 for youth/students. Participants choose between a 10k run, a 4k run, and a 4k walk, and can register individually or as a team. All finishers will be eligible for fabulous raffle prizes! Register or donate online at http://www.active.com/running/seattle-wa/run-and-walk-with-pride-2012. Registration closes June 15.
MR., MS., & MISS
SEATTLE PRIDE PAGEANT
On Sunday, June 17, Seattle Out & Proud partners with Neighbours Nightclub (1509 Broadway) for the annual Mr., Ms., & Miss Seattle Pride 2012 pageant, hosted by the glorious Gaysha Starr. Contestants will be judged in the categories of Pride Look, Talent, Formal Wear, and a Q&A. Winners will be featured on the SO&P float in the Pride Parade. To apply for the competition, visit www.seattlepride.org ($15 entry fee). Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249979.
PRIDE FOUNDATION NIGHT
On Wednesday, June 20, the Seattle Sounders celebrate Pride Foundation Night at CenturyLink Field, as they take on Sporting Kansas City beginning at 7 p.m. Last years event featured the premiere of the It Gets Better campaign video made by the Sounders in partnership with the Seattle Storm, Mariners, and Seahawks. Pride Foundation supporters will sit together in the North End Zone Hawks Nest and Section 214. For tickets, visit www.pridefoundation.org/events/event/seatte-wa-sounder-fc-pride-foundation-night/ by June 7. Proceeds from this special ticket sale benefit the work of the Pride Foundation throughout the Northwest.
This years QTET performance runs from Thursday, June 21, to Monday, June 25, curtain 7:30 p.m. QTET is a unique program giving voice and artistry to LGBTQ youth in the Seattle area, produced with the support of Washington Ensemble Theatre. The group performs at the Little Theatre, 608 19th Ave. E. Details of this years show had not been announced at press time. Information will be posted to http://qtet.org as it becomes available.
On Friday, June 22, join the Seattle Jewish community for Pride Shabbat 2012! This annual event is open to the entire community and is a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and questioning Jews, friends, allies, and families. It takes place at Temple De Hirsch Sinai (1511 E. Pike St.), starting with pre-service appetizers at 5:30 p.m. A light dinner and desserts will be served after the service. This event is ASL-interpreted. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
WITH SEATTLE MENS CHORUS
On Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, the Seattle Mens Chorus presents Sing Out!, a concert of songs chosen by SMC subscribers and ticket buyers in an online vote. The program also features a Chorus Idol talent show, featuring the winners of several Seattle-area singing competitions. Curtain time both evenings is 8 p.m. at McCaw Hall (321 Mercer St.). Tickets at https://tickets.flyinghouse.org/public/ or (206) 388-1400.
MCC CELEBRATES 40 YEARS
On Friday, June 22, help Emerald City MCC Seattle celebrate 40 years of ministry to the LGBT Christian community. An anniversary banquet will be held at University Congregational Church (4515 16th Ave. N.E.) beginning at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). Metropolitan Community Church founder Elder Troy Perry, will speak and greet attendees afterward. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/251887 or at MCC Seattle, 1415 N.E. 43rd St.
HEY TRANNY, ITS TRANNY!
On Friday, June 22, Nark magazine presents its 3rd annual Pride weekend event at Neumos (916 E. Pine St.), beginning at 8 p.m. Hosted by Ben DeLaCreme, the evenings featured performers include RuPauls Drag Race winner Sharon Needles, SSION, Hi Fashion, and JD Samson. Proceeds benefit Gay City Health Project, and tickets are available at www.gaycity.org/pride/ or at Moe Bar.
PRIDE WEEK BREAKFAST
On Saturday, June 23, Dignity/Seattle (an LGBT-positive Catholic organization) hosts its 24th annual Pride Week Breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon at Central Lutheran Church (1710 11th Ave.). Proceeds benefit Rosehedge/Multifaith Works, Bailey-Boushay House, and Dignity/Seattles Convention Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit www.dignityseattle.org, or call (206) 659-5519. Dignity/Seattle will march with the Catholics for Marriage Equality contingent in the June 24 Pride Parade.
CAPITOL HILL PRIDE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, June 23, celebrate Pride in Seattles premier Gayborhood at the 4th annual Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Broadway (between E. John St. and E. Roy St.) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring food, live music, and other entertainment on three stages, with performers including Marcel, Bryn King, Devolution Aries, and Bomo Cho. Returning this year is the popular Doggie Drag Costume Contest from noon to 1 p.m., benefiting the Seattle Humane Societys Pet Project, which helps people with AIDS care for their pets. The event website is http://www.seattlechatclub.org/CapitolHillPrideFestival.html.
PORTRAITS OF PRIDE EXHIBIT
From Saturday, June 23, to Sunday, July 22, Gay City hosts Portraits of Pride 2012, an art show that brings together the many faces of the LGBTQ community in celebration of local pride. The exhibit opens with an artists reception June 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gay City (517 E. Pike St.). A portion of each purchase will benefit Gay Citys Project BuildOUT.
On Saturday, June 23, join host Aleksa Manila for the first annual Pride ASIA, a celebration of the Seattle areas LGBT Asian community, at Hing Hay Park in Seattles International District, from noon to 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore, this event features music, theater, and other entertainment celebrating Asian/Pacific Islander diversity and culture. For more information visit http://groups.google.com/group/PrideASIA.
INTERFAITH WORSHIP SERVICE
On Saturday, June 23, all are welcome to attend the annual Pride Interfaith Community Worship Service at All Pilgrims Church (500 Broadway E.), beginning at 1 p.m. Giving this years sermon will be the Rev. Elder Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC). Founded in 1968, MCC is the first denomination created specifically to minister to LGBT Christians who were rejected by other churches.
RAINBOW HEALTH FAIR
On Saturday, June 23, YMCA Womens Health Outreach presents its 14th annual Rainbow Health Fair at Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway), from 1 to 5 p.m. Free health tests and services will be offered, including acupuncture, massage, energy healing, Zumba, HIV testing, cholesterol checks, naturopathic consultation, and mental health education. In addition, mammogram and pap tests will be offered at no charge to women 40 and over with limited income. To schedule a mammogram and pap test, call Marilyn Calbert at (206) 461-4489.
SEATTLE DYKE MARCH
On Saturday, June 23, the 2012 Seattle Dyke March kicks off with a rally from 5 to 7 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College Plaza (Broadway and E. Pine St.). The march begins at 7 p.m. and makes a loop around Capitol Hill. More information at www.seattledykemarch.com or www.facebook.com/SeattleDykeMarch.
THE CHOCOLATE REVOLUTION
On Saturday, June 23, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., Nubian Pride Productions presents The Chocolate Revolution at Highline Bar (210 Broadway E.). Come celebrate Seattle Pride with some of the areas best People of Color entertainers. With DJ T-Bone. $10 suggested donation. 21+. Open to all People of Color and those who love us.
RED MENS PARTY AT NEUMOS
On Saturday, June 23, join DJs Brian Gorr of Seattle and Phil B of SF for Red, the annual mens Pride Festival party at Neumos (925 E. Pike St.) from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are $25, or buy a VIP Pass for $45 that gets you VIP room access plus a backstage meet-and-greet with Phil B at the DJ Stage during Sundays PrideFest. The promoter is donating 20% of all sales/cover charges to Washington United for Marriage. For tickets, visit http://seattlepridefest.org/red/index.html.
RED WOMENS PARTY
AT THE BALTIC ROOM
On Saturday, June 23, join DJs Tina T, Roy G. Biv, and Mr. Charming for Red, the annual womens Pride Festival party at the Baltic Room (1207 Pine St.) from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are $20, or buy a VIP Pass for $40 that gets you VIP room access plus backstage access to the DJ Stage during Sundays PrideFest. The promoter is donating 20% of all sales/cover charges to Washington United for Marriage. For tickets, visit http://seattlepridefest.org/red/index.html.
2012 SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE:
THE MANY FACES OF PRIDE
On Sunday, June 24, theres just no other place to be than downtown Seattle for the citys annual Pride Parade, produced by Seattle Out & Proud. This years parade theme is The Many Faces of Pride, celebrating the vast diversity of the Seattle areas Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and allied community. The parade begins at 11 a.m. at 4th Avenue and Union Street and proceeds north along 4th Avenue to Denny Way. Information is available at SO&Ps website, www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade.html.
SEATTLE PRIDEFEST 2012
On Sunday, June 24, dont miss the biggest and best LGBTQ party in the Northwest! This years Seattle PrideFest features more than 100 music acts (including headliners Cazwell, Debby Holiday, DJ Phil B, Peppermint, and Vockah Redu & The Cru), along with hundreds of community groups and vendors. Seattle PrideFest takes place at Seattle Center from noon to 8 p.m., immediately following the Pride Parade. As always, admission is free! For more details, visit www.seattlepridefest.org.
HONORING AUDRE LORD
On Saturday, July 7, Sistah Sinema presents two films celebrating the legacy of African-American Lesbian author and activist Audre Lord. Litany of Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lord starts at 9 p.m., followed by Audre Lord: The Berlin Years, 1984 to 1992. Both films screen at Chao Bistro (1200 E. Pike St.). Tickets are $10 in advance at www.sistahsinema.com ($15 at door, if available).
From Wednesday, July 11, to Sunday, July 15, B Proud hosts a series of Pride events in Bellingham, including film screenings, parties, dances, a drag show, and more. The parade begins at noon on July 15 at Bellingham High School, ending at Depot Market Square. A Pride Festival will be held the same day until 5 p.m. at Bellingham Farmers Market. More information at www.bhampride.org.
TACOMA PRIDE FESTIVAL
From Friday, July 13, to Saturday, July 21, celebrate nine whole days of Pride in Tacoma. The highlight is the annual Out in the Park event, Saturday, July 14, from noon to 6 p.m. on Broadway in the citys historic downtown theater district. Other events include three days of LGBT films at the Grand Cinema and a staged reading of Lanford Wilsons Fifth of July at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. Details are still being finalized. For more information visit www.rainbowctr.org.
SATURDAY IN THE PARK
Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is Vancouver, Washingtons 18th annual LGBT Pride event, Saturday in the Park. This years theme is Gateway to Equality, celebrating the passage of Washingtons marriage equality law. The family-friendly event takes place at Esther Short Park downtown and features music and cultural performances, community groups, games, and other activities for all ages. The day will begin with Lyles Miles, a 5K run/walk fundraiser for the Cascade AIDS Project. Details at www.gayvancouverwa.org.
KITSAP PRIDE IN BREMERTON
On Sunday, July 22, Kitsap Pride holds its annual celebration at Evergreen Park in downtown Bremerton beginning at noon. This years theme is Pride Links Us Together. Details are still being finalized and will be posted at www.kitsappride.org.
PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL
This years Vancouver, BC, Pride Parade and Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 5. Watch for more information in future issues of SGN, or visit www.vancouverpride.ca.