Seattle had its big homosexual brouhaha last month but Pride festivities for other communities can roll out at any time of the year, partly for weather reasons or maybe just to not compete with every other event trying to book faded disco queens and RuPaul’s Drag Race stars…
Our neighbors to the south who put the “Tac” in Sea-Tac are gearing up for their big celebration of all things queer this coming weekend, July 13-15. Tacoma Pride Festival kicks off Friday with a flag raising at the Tacoma Municipal Building and a party at B2 Arts Gallery but the big events are Saturday the 14th and include a worship service, a Pride celebration in the park, an art show and a street party:
BRUNCH AND “OUT WITH GOD” WORSHIP SERVICEwww.fumcot.com
Christians gathering to eat and celebrate God’s love and the joy of safe congregations.
First United Methodist Church
621 Tacoma Ave S
OUT IN THE PARK:THE RAINBOW CENTER’S ANNUAL LGBTQA PRIDE CELEBRATIONwww.rainbowcntr.org
“Out in the Park” the Rainbow Center’s annual LGBTQA Pride Celebration. Booths, Entertainment, Food, Fun, and Community. Family friendly, alcohol free.
Out In The Park is an event of The Tacoma Pride Festival located in the Historic Tacoma Theater District and Central Business District. Watch for details at www.outintacoma.com as events are added to the schedule.
Registration open for Vendors, Booths, and Volunteers! Click here to register.
12PM – 5PM | Broadway between 9th and 11th
Hide//Seek//Difference//Desire//Northwest is a local response to, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, which recently closed at the Tacoma Art Museum. The exhibit features 19 Northwest Artists exploring themes such as same sex desire, community and portraiture. Featuring work by Lauren Faulkner, Zephyr Elise, Rebecca Maxim, Adrien Levitt, Steffen Minner, Abby Lazerow, Ron Hall, Ric Schmitt, Leigh Riibe, Cody Blomberg, Sharon Styer, Amy Ryken, T-town Transgender Neighbors, Holly Senn, Erin Oly, Rafael Soldi, Clyde Petersen, Julia Barbee, Sabina Sun ,and Janet Marcavage’s UPS printmaking class.
3:00PM – 7:00PM
The Space, 729 Court C
THE MIX’S 4TH ANNUAL PRIDE BLOCK PARTYthemixtacoma.com
“The Mix- 2nd Annual PRIDE Block Party” Tacoma’s Pride Party Event Featuring: Kim Archer; Divas from Ru Paul’s Drag Race; Local Bands, Singers, and Entertainers. 10pm to close DJ and Dancing inside.
5:00PM – 10:00PM
635 St. Helen’s Ave
OASIS YOUTH CENTER BBQwww.oasisyouthcenter.org
Join Oasis Youth Center, after Out in the Park, for a free BBQ and fun games. Open to LGBTQ youth ages 14-24. Drug and alcohol free.
6:00PM – Midnight
for location call 253-671-2838 or e-mail email@example.com
Free – open to LGBTQ youth 14-24
And, there are some other non-official Tacoma Pride events as well including The Deltan Club’s big “Halleloo, I Do!!” a marriage equality fundraiser/Pride party with RuPaul’s Shangela and trotting down from Seattle, Aleksa Manila, Lily Armani and Mama Tits. There’s TWO shows on Saturday, with tickets available at BrownPaper Tickets. And, The Deltan has also managed to squeeze in an Inferno dance party for the ladies from 5pm to 9pm and an all-ages party from 11pm to 3am. That’s a lot of party for one club…those bathrooms will be TRASHED by 1opm!
If that wasn’t enough marriage equality fundraising fun for ya, there’s also “The Biggest Gay Wedding Chapel on Broadway!” event happening at London Couture Vintage Couture House, 746 Broadway Avenue. Join RuPaul Drag Race star Shannel for the pretend wedding of your dreams:
Show up at London Couture (746 Broadway Tacoma WA 98402) Saturday July 14th between 3pm – 8pm to register.
For only $10 you and your bride/groom or both will be personally wed by Shannel from RuPaul’s Drag Race in a ceremony that will BLOW YOUR MIND!
You will celebrate with a toast and super gay wedding cupcakes! You will also have a personal photographer to capture the happiest day of your life and as a suvenier your SUPER OFFICIAL London Couture Marriage Certificate as well as 2 tickets to a Deltan Follies Show.
Reservations are welcome
Who knew you could have so much damn fun in the South End?