Michael Strangeways – Editorial Director
Michael Strangeways writes, edits and does about a million other jobs for Seattle Gay Scene. A semi-proud Midwesterner by birth, with the waist line to prove it, he’s lived in Seattle since 2000. In his spare time, he gets slightly obsessive about his love for old movies, the novels of Angela Thirkell,”otters”, RuPaul’s Drag Race, vodka, chocolate,”I,Claudius”, Lizzie Borden, Natural disasters, show tunes, Weimar era Germany, flea markets, pop surrealistic art, the sex lives of Hollywood actors both living and dead, the films of Joe Gage, kitties, chicken fried steak and David Bowie. But, not necessarily in that order.
Twitter – @MJStrangeways
Adam McRoberts – Operations Director
Adam McRoberts has lived and worked in the Seattle LGBT community for the past 10 years and is thrilled to join the SGS family. Adam specializes in business branding, marketing and promotion and is bringing his 15 years of experience to SGS in an effort to create Seattle’s premier LGBT news and infotainment website. Adam lives on Capitol Hill and is active in the Seattle LGBT community, serving on the Board of Directors for Seattle Pride since 2006, among numerous other volunteer projects for the community.
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 206-457-2432 ext 700
Meet our fabulous writers and contributors!
Xanna Don’t – Contributing Editor
After studying operatic vocal performance at Boston Conservatory in the late 1980’s, Xanna Don’t made a name for herself in her hometown’s alternative music scene; that name, according to The Boston Herald, was “The Country Queen of Boston.” She has toured with Southern Culture on the Skids, opened for Devo, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Old 97’s, The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, and Lucinda Williams, and played CBGB’s and The Bitter End in New York City. In 1994, Xanna moved her award-winning act to Austin, Texas, where she showcased for SXSW and appeared in indie films, including Office Space. Booking live music for Austin’s Gay Pride led to her proudest accomplishment: the creation and co-production of SXSW’s first ever all-gay music showcase, selling out Austin’s largest gay venue. During 8 years in Atlanta, Xanna served as a board member for their gay film festival and on Atlanta Film Festival’s screening committee, taught voice lessons, published her own ‘zine, and performed with her quintet. She was Entertainment Editor for Atlanta’s lesbian magazine, served as Interim Editor of ATL Free Press, and wrote the music preview for Atlanta Pride’s official guide distributed to 250,000+ attendees. In 2012, Xanna and her wife of 20 years relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she has served on the screening committee of Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, coordinated the festival’s Opening & Closing Nights’ Parties in 2013, and in 2014 was a guest judge for Seattle Pride’s singing competition, Pride Idol. Some of Xanna’s press quotes include: GIRLS-WORLD: “The Grande Dame of Austin Music” // AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN: “Austin’s Underground Country Queen” // “Miss Xanna Don’t does. Sing great, that is.” / “…fiery twang vibe that has won fans over from Emo’s to Cibolo Creek Country Club to gay pride rallies.” // AMERICAN AIRLINES AMERICAN WAY: “[Mike] Judge [director of Office Space] was looking for the fabled ‘Texas big-hair look’…Miss Xanna was perfect.”// BOSTON GLOBE: “[one of] Boston’s most respected musical minds.”
L.A. Kendall has been a fixture in the Seattle Nightlife Scene for nearly two decades, playing at and throwing some of Seattle’s hottest events. She founded Seattle’s hitgirl! collective in 1997, and has been a passionate advocate for women in the industry ever since. Along with her business partner and manager, David”D$” Richey, she’s been behind such popular Seattle parties as: Kiss My Ass, Hot Mess, Hard Times (and that’s just the recent past!). She’s also a vocalist – most well known for her single”Kiss My Ass” (produced by DJ Spire), being one-half of the short lived project by electro-pop-raptresses (as dubbed by Larry Mizell Jr. of The Stranger), Luxury A.K. (with Miss Adraboo), and for her most recently released E.P. with Sammy LaForge,”The Eyes Of Laura Kendall”. A typical set by L.A. Kendall might include Classic House, Disco, 80’s/’90’s classics, Top 40, Electro Remixes, Indie Jams, and original tracks (complete with live vocals), seemlessly mixed to keep the dance floor motivated. She’s also a business lady, booking and brokering talent including: Boy George, Princess Superstar, Spinderella, Tina T, Cazwell, Amanda LePore, DJ Shortee, Avenue D, Q Boy (aka Sam LeMann) – to name just a few! She’s also worked for the last 4 years consulting on talent for, and curating/managing the DJ stage at Seattle Pridefest.
Korra Q is a Seattle-based nerd who plays fetch with her cat. She’s into sci-fi, un-sparkly vampires, and chicks who kick ass. To support her habits, she’s the sassiest server you’ll ever order from.
Twitter – @Kittyslap27
Naughty, naughty! Earle Dutton has yet to submit his bio. Hopefully it’ll appear here soon.
Matt Baume has already started making a name for himself on the”scene” despite only having lived in Seattle for a couple months. Matt is a regular contributor to The Advocate and Queerty and we’re thrilled he’s going to contribute feature articles and photos for the new Seattle Gay Scene.
Miryam Gordon is a freelance theater writer in Seattle and writes plays and directs a few.
Born and raised in the PNW, Ryan Crawford devotes more time to Twin Peaks than is considered healthy. He is a dating columnist, online content marketer, social media manager, and Pokémon master. He recycles all of the things. His published writing is available through Examiner.com, MastodonDentist.com, CerebralCatalyst.com, Remark, and Gay City Anthologies vols 3-5.
Brad Gilligan is one of our more polarizing writers. Born in the Midwest, his presence was bestowed upon us thanks to the United States Air Force. He has since retired from fighting for our freedoms, moved to Chicago, but remains a part of our staff reporting on pop culture, club kids/events, as well as other various topics to push your buttons.
Peter Johnson is a writer and musician who grew up in Seattle and covers music, nightlife, and local politics. He has contributed to outlets including The Stranger and KCTS-9 and plays in a band called Buffalo Stagecoach. He’s pretty sure he saw Macklemore when he opened for Blue Scholars back in the day, but he could be making it up.
Dominic Arenas started taking pictures when he was twelve. He didn’t know then how much he would fall in love with the medium. Since then, Dominic has exercised and experimented with photography, honing his skills with scenes and static objects. He loves wandering the neighborhood, meeting new people and taking their pictures.
John Boucher is a transmedia artist who works in text, image, and sound; a filmmaker who has written, directed, produced, and edited several films; the editor of the Seattle-based indie feature film Heart Breaks Open; the former assistant to screenwriter Stewart Stern at TheFilmSchool; a scholar who holds two film degrees from Seattle Central College and The Evergreen State College, and an MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics from The University of Washington Bothell; and a critic who harbors conflicted opinions about nearly everything.
Jeffrey Alan Coté
Jeffrey Alan Coté is a writer and director based in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He recently graduated from the film and video studies program at Central Washington University with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. He has five years experience in print and radio journalism, during which he has interviewed figures such as civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and Washington state governor Jay Inslee. His short film “Speak in Rounds” won numerous scholarly awards, including the SOURCE Award for Best Creative Presentation and the CWU Arts and Humanities Undergraduate Achievement Award. Coté is also regularly engaged in social justice issues, including being part of a research team that trained educators in the treatment of trans and gender queer students for the Ellensburg School District.
The former Seattle-Socialite joins the eclectic cast of Seattle Gay Scene contributors from time to time as a “special guest star.” When her busy schedule permits (between saving baby dolphins, compulsive shopping and juggling her duties as a Deputy Communications Director and Restaurant Heiress) she enjoys sharing her run-ins with the gay glitterati, celebutantes and the inevitable hot mess train-wrecks. She gives you the opportunity to view the world through unique lenses that only a cross-dressing, first generation Gaysian-American raised in rural Washington (who’s trying to make it in the big city) can. Miss Temple says, “the secret to an interesting story/piece is the ability to share your unconventional perspective to a wide-range of readers while still appealing to resonate to everyone on a personal level. Growing up as triple-minority in the predominantly Caucasian, blue-collar and very religious (Catholic and Mormon) town of Camas, Washington” while working for the family in what she refers to as “genetically mandated slave labor” taught her how to handle and communicate with “aggressive country carnie folk.” After leaving the small town she grew up in and finished University (in Seattle) she worked as minion for one of the world’s largest media conglomerates in Manhattan, worked in Government Affairs and later stumbled upon an opportunity to be a columnist for one of the leading LGBTQ publications in the country.
Heather Hysteric covers lots of crazy events in Seattle. Ms. Hysteric is everywhere, all the time, capturing photos and little snippets of Capitol Hill life. Watch out!
Advertising, Promotions and Marketing Team
Long Vo – National Advertising Executive
Long Vo knows effective business advertising and promotions. With years of experience in business development and marketing, Long is the guy to call when it comes to building successful advertising strategies.
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 206-457-2432 ext 704
Gavin Garner – Advertising Account Executive
With over a decade of working in the nightlife and events scene, Gavin Garner is an expert in finding new and innovative ways to promote your event or business. Additionally, he’s just a fun guy to hang out with and loves meeting new people.
Email – email@example.com
Phone – 206-457-2432 ext 703
Ryan Crawford – Advertising/Event Promotions
Need help pulling your event together? Details matter and Ryan Crawford is your guy when it comes to producing world-class events and promoting them effectively. Ryan is the organized one who makes all the things happen!
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 206-457-2432 ext 702
Last, but certainly not least, the rest of the SGS Family!
Brian Donahue – Technical Director
In addition to maintaining the site (and our sanity) here at SGS, Brian Donahue also contributes design work to Seattle Pride and works full-time at a marketing firm in Belltown. Brian’s loves include UX, espresso, and cats.
Email – email@example.com
Bill W. – Publisher Emeritus
Referred to only as Bill W., he has been active in Seattle’s gay scene for close to twenty years. And with a unique perspective on local gay entertainment his blog doesn’t fixate on any specific genre but covers everything gay; from the classic mega-circuit party to Seattle’s vibrant alterna-gay scene. The founder and publisher of the Seattle Gay Scene, he is proud that in 2015, the site will begin its ninth year of operation.
Twitter – @BillAtSGS