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posted Friday, June 15, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 24
Pride Events Calendar
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Pride Events Calendar

PORTLAND PRIDE FESTIVAL AND PARADE
From Friday, June 15, to Sunday, June 17, Portland is Pride Central in the Northwest. This year's parade begins at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, June 17, at Park Avenue and Burnside Street downtown. Marchers will proceed through historic Old Town/Chinatown to the Willamette River and then head down to Waterfront Park, where the three-day Pride Festival takes place. Mainstage performers include RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles, plus Colton Ford, Kim English, Bobby Jo Valentine, DJs Tony Moran and Nina Sky, and the Portland Lesbian and Gay Men's 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 year's 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 year's 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&P's 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&P's website, www.seattlepride.org/official-events.html.

SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
On Saturday, June 16, the Seattle Men's 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 year's 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. Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/249979.

JENNIFER KNAPP IN CONCERT
On Monday, June 18, former Contemporary Christian music star and out Lesbian Jennifer Knapp gives a free Pride concert at Queen Anne United Methodist Church (1606 5th Ave. W.), starting at 7 p.m. Seating is limited, so tickets must be reserved in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/252931. Jennifer will also perform Tuesday, June 19, at First United Methodist Church (180 Denny Way), at 7 p.m. Admission is $15 plus service fee ($10 for students with ID), from www.brownpapertickets.com/event/252044.

PRIDE PIN LAUNCH PARTY
On Wednesday, June 20, kick off Pride weekend early and get your exclusive 2012 Pride pin at SO&P's Pride Pin Launch Party, 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Café (116 Pike St.). Hosted by Mama Tits with sounds by DJ Pavone and featuring top talent from the 2012 Pride Idol competition. Info at www.seattlepride.org.

SOUNDERS FC 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 year's 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. Tickets may still be available at www.pridefoundation.org/events/event/seatte-wa-sounder-fc-pride-foundation-night/. Proceeds benefit the work of the Pride Foundation throughout the Northwest.

QUEER TEEN ENSEMBLE THEATRE
This year's 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. Information at http://qtet.org.

PRIDE SHABBAT
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 joshf@hilleluw.org.

EMERALD CITY 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.

GLSEN YOUTH PRIDE DANCE
On Friday, June 22, LGBT and allied youth age 20 and under are invited to celebrate Pride at GLSEN Washington's annual Youth Pride Dance at Yesler Community Center (917 E. Yesler Way) from 8 to 11 p.m. with Guest DJ Alex! Tickets are $5 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/253313, or $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/370981499628630/.

SEATTLE STORM PRIDE FOUNDATION NIGHT
On Friday, June 22, the WNBA Seattle Storm take on the San Antonio Silver Stars at Key Arena, with special Section 125 tickets available to benefit the Pride Foundation. For information and tickets, go to www.pridefoundation.org or call (206) 323-3318. Volunteer opportunities are also available. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

'HEY TRANNY, IT'S TRANNY!'
On Friday, June 22, Nark magazine presents its 3rd annual Pride weekend show at Neumos (916 E. Pine St.), beginning at 8 p.m. Hosted by Ben DeLaCreme, the evening's featured performers include RuPaul's 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.

SING OUT! WITH SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS
On Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, the Seattle Men's Chorus presents 'Sing Out!' - a concert of songs chosen by SMC subscribers and ticket buyers in an online vote. With Seattle Women's Chorus, The Esoterics, and Diverse Harmony. 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.

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/Seattle's 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 Seattle's 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 Society's 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 City's Project BuildOUT.

PRIDE ASIA
On Saturday, June 23, join host Aleksa Manila for the first annual Pride ASIA, a celebration of the Seattle area's LGBT Asian community, at Hing Hay Park (423 Maynard Ave. S.) in Seattle's 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.

RAINBOW HEALTH FAIR
On Saturday, June 23, YMCA Women's Health Outreach presents its 14th annual Rainbow Health Fair at Seattle Central Community College (1701 Broadway), from noon 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.

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 year's 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.

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.

SING OUT! WITH SEATTLE MEN'S CHORUS
On Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, the Seattle Men's Chorus presents 'Sing Out!' - a concert of songs chosen by SMC subscribers and ticket buyers in an online vote. With Seattle Women's Chorus, The Esoterics, and Diverse Harmony. 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.

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 DJ T-Bone and some of the area's best entertainers of color. $10 suggested donation. Open to all people of color and those who love us, 21 and over.

'RED' MEN'S PARTY AT NEUMOS
On Saturday, June 23, join DJs Brian Gorr of Seattle and Phil B of SF for Red, the annual men's 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 Sunday's 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' WOMEN'S PARTY AT THE BALTIC ROOM
On Saturday, June 23, join DJs Tina T, Roy G. Biv, and Mr. Charming for Red, the annual women's 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 Sunday's 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.

PRE-PARADE BRUNCH
On Sunday, June 24, start Pride Parade day off right with a sumptuous breakfast/brunch at the downtown Seattle Hard Rock Café (116 Pike St.). Seating begins at 8 a.m. Tickets are $25 ($10 for children under 12) and must be purchased in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/250494. Proceeds benefit Seattle Out & Proud. More info at www.seattlepride.org.

2012 SEATTLE PRIDE PARADE: THE MANY FACES OF PRIDE
On Sunday, June 24, there's just no other place to be than downtown Seattle for the city's annual Pride Parade, produced by Seattle Out & Proud. This year's parade theme is 'The Many Faces of Pride,' celebrating the vast diversity of the Seattle area's 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&P's website, www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade.html.

SEATTLE PRIDEFEST 2012
On Sunday, June 24, don't miss the biggest and best LGBTQ party in the Northwest! This year's 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).

VICTORIA PRIDE
On Sunday, July 8, Victoria's annual Pride Parade steps off at noon downtown at Government Street and Pandora Avenue, marches past the Legislature, and finishes at MacDonald Park, where the Pride Festival begins at 1 p.m. featuring entertainment, food, a beer garden, and a children's play zone. Both events are free. Information at www.victoriapridesociety.org.

BELLINGHAM PRIDE
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 city's historic downtown theater district. Other events include three days of LGBT films at the Grand Cinema and a staged reading of Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. For more information visit www.rainbowctr.org.

VANCOUVER (WA) SATURDAY IN THE PARK
Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., is Vancouver, Washington's 18th annual LGBT Pride event, Saturday in the Park. This year's theme is 'Gateway to Equality,' celebrating the passage of Washington's 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 'Lyle's 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 year's theme is 'Pride Links Us Together.' Details are still being finalized and will be posted at www.kitsappride.org.

VANCOUVER (BC) PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL
This year's Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is scheduled for Sunday, August 5. Watch for more information in future issues of SGN, or visit www.vancouverpride.ca.

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