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Help Raise Funds To Support Sparkle Leigh and Becky Peterson, Victims Of Hit & Run

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Seattle drag star/entertainer/actor SPARKLE LEIGH injured in hit and run on April 13, 2017 after performing at R Place.

Seattle drag star/entertainer/actor SPARKLE LEIGH injured in hit and run on April 13, 2017 after performing at R Place.

Two of Seattle’s greatest treasures are in need.  In the early morning hours of Thursday, April 13th, as Sparkle Leigh and Becky Peterson were about to head home after performing at WTF Wednesdays at RPlace, they said their goodbyes and started to cross the street.  While in the crosswalk, they were struck by a car; the driver sped away and was quickly apprehended by Seattle Police Department. Both Sparkle and Becky sustained several injuries and were transported to Harborview Medical Center. They spent a day and a half in the hospital before being released. Since their initial release Sparkle has been rushed back to the hospital twice for further observation and has had to have emergency dental work to fix teeth that were broken during the collision. 

They have both now been released from the hospital and are resting to try to make a speedy recovery, but the medical costs they have incurred leave a cloud over them.  The doctors have estimated the costs of everything thus far at $15,000- $20,000 and there is possibly more to come. Also, they are both professional entertainers and that job doesn’t often include sick leave, therefore, both are losing wages while they are trying to recover, and rent and other monthly bills will be due very soon. Doctors have suggested they not work for 2 to 3 weeks during recovery.

What is needed; your love and support for these two phenomenal performers is always welcomed and appreciated, as are entertaining memes posted on their Facebook pages to help lift their spirits, they could use a good joke or a link to a happy song, but the most crucial thing they need is your money, honey. Please donate anything you can, every donation will be appreciated more than you will ever know.

Seattle soprano/actress BECKY PETERSON was injured in a hit and run on Capitol Hill on April 13, 2017.

Seattle soprano/actress BECKY PETERSON was injured in a hit and run on Capitol Hill on April 13, 2017.

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Jessamyn Stanley Proves That Yoga Is For Everyone

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Yoga teacher/author Jessamyn Stanley visits the Seattle Public Library this Friday, April 21, 2017

Yoga teacher/author Jessamyn Stanley visits the Seattle Public Library this Friday, April 21, 2017

Jessamyn Stanley was determined to show the world that yoga isn’t just an option for thin white woman in expensive workout clothes. Stanley is now an internationally known yoga teacher with a message that yoga can be done by anyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or body type and her book EVERY BODY YOGA has become a bestseller. She’ll be in Seattle this coming Friday, April 21 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Seattle’s downtown Central Library for an appearance with local yoga instructor/writer Nicole Tsong. This event is free but space is limited.

More info:

Jessamyn Stanley is known for combining a deep understanding of yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga. Jessamyn will appear in conversation with local writer and yoga instructor Nicole Tsong.

As an internationally recognized yoga teacher and Instagram star, Jessamyn Stanley conducts yoga workshops across the country, teaching students of all shapes, sizes, and colors how to make yoga a permanent part of their lives. A rising media favorite, Jessamyn has been profiled and featured by a wide range of international and national news outlets, including Good Morning America, New York, Glamour, Shape, Al Jazeera English, the Huffington Post, The Daily Mail,The Sunday Times Style, and People, among others. She won a 2016 Shortie Award (honoring excellence in social media) in the Healthy Living Category. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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Seattle Pride Raises Cone Of Silence: Announces 2017 Pride Announcers

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About Seattle Pride Seattle Pride is a non-profit organization based in Seattle, WA, whose purpose is to create unity, honor diversity, and achieve equal human rights throughout our region and the world. Seattle Pride is focused on informing and educating the community on LGBT issues through community outreach and produced events, including the Seattle Pride Parade and the Volunteer Park Pride Festival.

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Capitol Hill Pride Festival Moves To Saturday, June 10th

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So the complicated merry go round that is Seattle’s annual pride celebration continues its topsy turvy revolution with the just announced news that the Capitol Hill Pride Festival is moving its traditional Saturday of Pride Weekend event/street festival (the last Saturday in June) that they’ve held on Broadway for the last several years to Saturday, June 10th. From the email sent out this afternoon by Capitol Hill Pride Festival chairs, Charlette LeFevre and Philip Lipson:

Dear Community,

The Capitol Hill Pride Festival March & Rally is changing its date for its festival march and rally from June 24th to June 10th, 2017 10am-10pm  to support scheduling, barricade, staging and facilities for “The Equality March for Unity and Pride – Seattle” at Noon on June 11th.

Seattle is proud to join New York City, Los Angeles, Austin, TX, Detroit, Las Vegas, San Diego, Philadelphia and San Francisco—to date a total of 33 cities as well as the Intl. cities of Barcelona, Sydney Australia and Zurich Switzerland in solidarity to march for Equality and Pride in this national and global movement.

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Latinx Intersex Author/Activist Hida Viloria At Elliot Bay To Promote “Born Both: An Intersex Life”

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Author/Activist Hida Viloria will be at Elliot Bay Books in Seattle this Friday, March 31.

Intersex Author/Activist Hida Viloria will be at Elliot Bay Books in Seattle this Friday, March 31, 2017 to promote h/er book “Born Both: An Intersex Life”.

We heard about this so late we just got a chance to write this up which is too bad because we’re very interested in this appearance by Latinx and Intersex author/activist HIDA VILORIA to promote s/her book BORN BOTH: AN INTERSEX LIFE. The author (who uses s/he and he/r pronouns (pronounced she/her) will be at Elliot Bay Book Company (1521 10th Ave on Capitol Hill) this evening, Friday, March 31, 2017 between 7 pm and 9 pm to promote he/r book, recently published by Hachette to great acclaim. More about the book:

Hida Viloria was raised as a girl but discovered early on that he/r body was different. Unlike most people who are born intersex in the first world–meaning they have genitals, reproductive organs, hormones, and/or chromosomal patterns that do not fit standard definitions of male or female–Hida had the freedom to explore the person s/he was born to be because he/r parents did not agree to have he/r sex characteristics surgically altered at birth.

It wasn’t until s/he was 26 and encountered the term “intersex” in a San Francisco newspaper that s/he finally had a name for he/r difference. That’s when s/he began to explore what it means to live in the space between genders–to be both and neither. As s/he began to reach out to others like he/r, however, Hida discovered that most intersex people had been scarred, both physically and psychologically, by infant surgeries and hormone treatments meant to “correct” their bodies. Eager to help end this practice, Hida came out as intersex at a national and then international level.

By answering the question “Are you a boy or a girl?” with “I’m both,” Hida’s helped blaze a trail for people–particularly intersex and genderqueer/non-binary people–to celebrate the middle space where male and female are not separate and opposite but entwined. Born Both is an intimate and powerful account of Hida’s search for authentic identity and love in a world that insists on categorizing people into either/or.

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Countdown To Seattle Red Dress Party…VIP Tix Are Gone But A Few GA Tix Remain!

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Seattle Red Dress Party is now officially sold out of the deluxe VIP tickets for Friday night’s gala party and fundraiser which raises funds for Seattle area HIV/AIDS groups and Seattle PrideFest which is producing this year’s event for the second year in a row. We’ve been told they have only have a few general admission tickets left and if you have a red dress hanging in your closet (or some red curtains and a sewing machine/staple gun!) you should snag those tickets and the opportunity to check out this year’s terrific line-up of talent which includes “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Courtney Act, the sexy singer AB Soto and delightful diva Debby Holiday. Go HERE to buy your tickets!

Some more poo:

Talent for Seattle’s 2017 Red Dress Party includes:
Hosts: Gaysha Starr, Aleksa Manila and Miss Kitty Baby
Headliners: Courtney Act, AB Soto and Debby Holiday
DJ’s: DJ Bret Law, Riz Rollins, Julie Herrera, Tony Burns and Toya B (aka Toya Harris)
Burlesque/Boylesque performances by: Boom Boom L’Roux, Jesus La Pinga, Karmen Sutra and Ernie Von Schmaltz.
Live Jams on tap from: Meanie Jaguar
……and if you can believe it – MORE SURPRISES IN STORE FOR YOU!

Production coordination and Talent Booking by: Kendall’s DJ & Event

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Paramount / Village / 5th Avenue Have All Announced 17/18 Seasons: Who Has The Best One?

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Alert the media!

(But, let The Stranger know 4 hours ahead of everyone else so Chris Frizzelle can feel good about his journalistic “scoop” and the honor of getting a 4 hour head start on rewriting a press release! #SoJelly)

Broadway at The Paramount announced quite awhile ago and The Village Theatre out in the far reaches of Issaquah announced a couple weeks back but now that the 5th Avenue Theatre has released their season schedule, we have a full picture of what we can expect in the way of Equity level musical theater productions for the next year for the Musical Theater Nerds and Geeks of the Greater Seattle Area.

Squee!

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Seattle Resident/Bellevue Cop Seth Tyler On “The Amazing Race” Season 29

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Bellevue Washington Police Officer SETH TYLER is a contestant of Season 29 of The Amazing Race on CBS.

Bellevue Washington Police Officer SETH TYLER is a contestant of Season 29 of The Amazing Race on CBS.

He’s a hubba hubba hunk of burning love…and, he’s on Season 29 of the very popular/mega Emmy Award winning competitive travel show on CBS, THE AMAZING RACE. He’s also familiar to many folks in the Seattle area. You might recognize SETH TYLER for his appearances on local television news programs because he’s the face of the Bellevue Washington Police Department as their Public Information Officer…when crimes happen in Bellevue and journalists need information, they contact Seth Tyler.

But, Seth Tyler is also the LGBTQ liaison for the Bellevue Police Department (as well as a familiar face at Seattle’s Purr Cocktail Lounge on the weekend…) The handsome 37 year old police officer refers to his boyfriend in this promotional video released by The Amazing Race  where he discusses his love for trains and why he wanted to appear on TAR. He also says in this interview with KIRO TV’s Alison Grande, that the experience is changing his life:

“It’s exciting but it also makes me a little nervous because I think I do a pretty good job of separating my work life from my personal life and this show has just thrown that all out the window….it’s all gonna be out on the table!”

We know we’ll cheer on Seth for Season 29 of The Amazing Race which has a big twist this year as individuals will be assigned partners for the first time in the history of the show. In previous seasons, teams applied to be on the show and competed together. In his interview, Seth remarks he submitted his application with his brother (a fire fighter!), but only Seth was chosen. During the first episode, which premieres Thursday March 30th on CBS, Seth will compete to be paired with an unknown partner. (We’ve heard rumors he’s paired with a woman…but that’s all the dope we have. We don’t know how he did in the show. Honest!)

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We Are VERY Excited About The Bob’s Burgers Music Album From SubPop!!!

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We love Bob’s Burgers, the quirky FOX TV animated series about the burger restaurant owning Belcher Family and their wacky antics involving themselves and their friends and family in an adorable and vaguely Jersey Shore-ish seaside town.

One of the chief delights of the series is the music. The writers pretty much have a song (or two) in every episode and most of them are original compositions. None are very long; most are 30 seconds to a minute long but they tend to be funny, charming and very, very catchy. Frequently, the songs emerge from the characters own love for music with the best example being Linda, the Belcher mom who is actually voiced by gay comedian John Roberts who in real life has a habit of bursting into random bits of quirky made up songs. The writer of the show began incorporating many of those songs into the show and quickly started adding other songs for the rest of the characters including for the Belcher son Gene (voiced by comedian Eugene Mirman) who has a passion for music and composes songs, as well as talented guest actors like Megan Mullally who plays Linda Belcher’s sad sack sister Gayle and Tony Award winner Kevin Kline who plays their eccentric landlord Mr. Fischoeder.

The songs are a lot of fun (if you like quirky silly songs) and there’s some clever writing here with both the lyrics and the music. Particular favorites of ours include Gene’s flatulent “The Fart Song”; the Gayle/Fischoeder love duet “Electric Love” (about Edison’s notorious electric experiments involving an elephant); Gayle’s ode to a boy she crushed on when she was in high school, “Derek Dematopolis”; and, “Slumber Party Fashion Show” which is something we’ve ALWAYS wanted to do! (Wouldn’t you want to come to “SGS Presents Slumber Party Fashion Show”?)

Many many other people love “Bob’s Burgers” and their songs as well so Seattle’s own hometown music label SUB POP got involved and now you don’t have to troll YouTube to find your favorite “BB” song…they’re releasing all of them for home enjoyment on May 12th! (Go HERE to pre-order). There’s even an option for a super duper deluxe set that includes all sorts of exclusives including a sheet music songbook, posters  and so much more.

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Filipino Stars Take Center Stage In Seattle Rep’s “Here Lies Love” The David Byrne/Fatboy Slim Musical

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Tickets are now on sale for the next hot show at Seattle Repertory Theatre our local regional theater that keeps presenting sold out hits like the huge hit musical “Come From Away” (now in previews on Broadway) and recent successes like December’s Vietgone” and “King Charles III”. The Rep is closing out their 2016/17 season with a very special musical making its West Coast stage debut: it’s HERE LIES LOVE the immersive musical collaboration between musicians David Byrne and Fatboy Slim that chronicles the life of infamous Filipino First Lady, Imelda Marco.

(If you’re over 40 or so you probably know all about Imelda Marcos…for our younger readers, she is the widow of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos who ruled the country of the Philippines for 20 years before being ousted in a People’s Revolution in 1986. When revolutionaries stormed the presidential palace in Manila, it was much publicized that Imelda left behind thousands of pairs of very expensive shoes [in addition to other luxuries purchased with money acquired from decades of plundering the Filipino treasury…] After Ferdinand’s death, Imelda eventually returned to the Philippines to a triumphant welcome from her fans [less so from her detractors] and was elected to serve in their House of Representatives in 1995 and is, surprisingly at age 87, still in office as an elected official. As for her shoes, they’re still on display in Manila…)

“Here Lies Love” first appeared as a concept album in 2010 before being adapted into a staged musical with superstar theatrical director Alex Timbers (known for “Peter and the Starcatcher” and “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) which debuted off-Broadway at NYC’s Public Theatre in 2013 and then had a sold out run in London in 2014. Reportedly, there are changes being made for this production so Seattle will experience a version of “Here Lies Love” not seen anywhere else. The musical is billed as an immersive/disco dance party experience and Timbers is restaging the work for its Seattle premiere in a proscenium theater that will still emphasize the dance club experience.

In other words, you’re going to be expected to have a good time and be on your feet for the 90 minute show. (If you’re less inclined to be “immersed” there will be less immersive options in seating. If you’re inclined towards that option, you’d be wise to call the Rep’s box office to arrange for that choice. Also: go HERE for more information on the immersive experience).

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LGBTQ Community Condemns Trump Admin’s Attack On Trans Student Rights

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“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level. Schools, communities and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students”

Around the country, LGBTQ groups and advocates condemned this move from the Trump Administration.

“Supports for transgender students in K-12 schools change and save lives, and hurt no one. President Trump’s reversal of federal guidance affirming Title IX protections in schools undermines the settled expectations and protections afforded by federal law, hurts transgender students and impedes the progress we have made creating safer and more inclusive learning environments for all.

“While the Trump administration may abandon transgender students, GLSEN won’t. And neither will the thousands of teachers, administrators and parents around the country who work with GLSEN and our local Chapters to ensure that transgender students everywhere have the opportunity to simply be themselves and live better lives. Schools, leaders and teachers must do the right thing and give all students the chance in life they deserve.

“Research has consistently shown that transgender students are more likely to face severe violence and discrimination at school than their peers, and at greatly increased risk of suicide and self-harm as a result. GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey has shown that 76 percent of transgender students felt unsafe at school simply because of their gender. We also know that transgender students who are allowed simply to be themselves at school are as healthy and happy and successful as their peers. Rescinding guidance designed to help schools help them makes zero sense.”

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Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit Needs YOU!

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The Seattle HIV Vaccine Trials Unit is on the hunt for a few good men and women to participate in take part in vital HIV vaccine research.  If you’re between 18 and 50, HIV negative and in good health, contact them TODAY and do your part to end AIDS/HIV in our lifetimes.

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Help us fight HIV! The Seattle HIV Vaccines Trials Unit, part of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is looking for volunteers to take part in HIV Vaccine research.

We are currently looking for men and women, 18-50 years old, HIV negative and in general good health.

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Pussy Riot To Stage World Premiere For New Show At Crocodile In March

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Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk band/music collective/activist group has created a new music theater piece called “Revolution” and they’re taking it on tour this winter/spring. It will be an autobiographical work detailing their formation and history as a band of musicians and political activists frequently clashing with the problematic regime of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. That in itself would be pretty awesome but to make it even better, Pussy Riot will stage the world premiere of Revolution here in Seattle on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at The Crocodile in the Belltown neighborhood. It’s an all-ages show with ticket prices at a reasonable $25 (grab them here; it’s likely this will sell out so don’t dawdle).

Here’s some more info on the show:

The Crocodile Presents:
World Premiere: Pussy Riot Theatre Presents “Revolution”
Pink Parts
Wed, March 8, 2017
7:00 pm
All Ages
The Crocodile
2200 2nd Avenue, Seattle, WA

World Premiere: Pussy Riot reveal their psych rock theatre production as Maria Alyokhina & cast tell the story of protest & life in the Russian prison system. This performance will be followed by a discussion with the creative team & cast members.

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Special “Feud” Screening Party At Purr On Thursday, February 23rd!

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We’re VERY excited about FEUD the delicious biopic about the filming of the camp classic film “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” and the legendary onset and off rivalry/feud between the film’s two iconic Golden Age of Hollywood stars Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. TV producer/director Ryan Murphy is bringing this rivalry to the small screen with FEUD which stars Jessica Lange as Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis. It looks like a HOOT and it premieres on FX on Sunday, March 5th.

BUT, lucky Seattlites can check out a screening and party at Purr Cocktail Lounge next Thursday, February 23rd at 8pm. You just need to go grab yourself a pass to check it out!!!

Here’s the skinny:

Get excited to see one of the biggest feuds of all time! There will be an advance screening of Ryan Murphy and FX’s new show FEUD: Bette and Joan on Thursday, February 23rd at Purr Cocktail Lounge at 8pm. Go to www.gofobo.com/FEUDSEA23 to get a pass. There will also be drink specials and appetizers available.

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The “Green Neighborhood Revolution” Starts With A “No Gasoline Day”

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Seattle based non-profit wants to make our country Gasoline Free by 2040.

Seattle based non-profit wants to make our country Gasoline Free by 2040.

Green is good.

But, to get “green” or to live an eco friendly lifestyle, you have to make changes in your life…and, sometimes we need help with that.

A local non-profit, COLTURA, is stepping up to help you make those changes. Their mission is a Gasoline Free America by 2040 and to achieve that, we’ll have to learn how to use and rely on clean forms of transportation. Obviously, this is not going to be easy…especially since we currently have an illegitimate president in the White House and a corruptly corporate administration who refuse to acknowledge Climate Change is a global threat to all of us. In fact, the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress are moving to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, the government agency designed to eliminate corporate policies that harm the environment. Now more than ever, we need to take steps to protect ourselves from the growing threat of carbon based pollution.

To achieve their goal, Coltura is hosting its first Green Neighborhood Revolution at Capitol Hill’s Miller Community Center, 330 19th Avenue East on Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 10 am to 2 pm. This is an all ages, free, family friendly event with activities available for kids and adults and a lot of valuable information on how you can create a shift to cleaner forms of transportation.

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Reviews: Two Plays That Don’t Quite Gel

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We’re not starting off strongly with the 2017 Seattle area theatrical season.

I blame Donald Trump.

Two recent theater openings that didn’t quite hit the mark for me.

As always, it’s up to you to decide…

Rebecca Love and Tim Gouran in "Every Five Minutes" at Washington Ensemble Theatre. Photo: Chris Bennion

Rebecca Love and Tim Gouran in “Every Five Minutes” at Washington Ensemble Theatre. Photo: Chris Bennion

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We Lost Our Mary

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The world mourns the loss of the actress who “turned the world on with her smile”.

The iconic star, MARY TYLER MOORE died today at aged 80 from complications of diabetes.  The actress rose to fame in the early 1960s co-starring in “The Dick Van Dyke” as Dick’s wife Laura but it was her own 1970s show, “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” that made her a TV legend as Mary Richards the plucky local TV news producer at a third rate Minneapolis TV station.

From The Huffington Post:

She later starred on the beloved 1970s sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which is one of the first shows to feature a never-married, working woman as its central character. Moore played single, 30-year-old TV news producer Mary Richards.

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Questions About The Affordable Care Act? Gay City Can Help

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Soooooo. It’s quite obvious that President Shitler and Paul Ryan/Mitch McConnell’s Axis of Evil Congress want to kill “Obamacare” aka the Affordable Care Act which allows millions of uninsured Americans access to government mandated health insurance benefits. The Republicans like to imply they will replace ACA with something else but there are many indications that either that just won’t happen or their replacement plan would be inadequate and leave most people now covered with no viable health care coverage options they could afford.

Yes, it’s alarming.

But, you do need to be aware that even if the Axis of Evil kills the ACA, it’s STILL CURRENTLY FUNDED THROUGH 2017. The open enrollment period for the Washington Healthplanfinder (Exchange) is Nov. 1, 2016 to Jan. 31, 2017….which means you have a week to sign on for a new plan or make changes to an existing one.

(Also note that “a qualifying life event” or for those who could qualify for Medicaid coverage (known as Apple Health in WA State) can apply/make changes at any time of the year and not just in this current qualifying period ending next week.)

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Seattle Red Dress Party 2017 Moves To Capitol Hill’s Century Ballroom

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Seattle Red Dress Party 2017 moves to Capitol Hill's gorgeously romantic CENTURY BALLROOM/THE TIN TABLE space on the 2nd floor of The Oddfellows Building.

Seattle Red Dress Party 2017 moves to Capitol Hill’s gorgeously romantic CENTURY BALLROOM/THE TIN TABLE space on the 2nd floor of The Oddfellows Building.

It had been a long full ride but Seattle Red Dress Party organizers have pulled the plug on staging the huge gala AIDS/HIV support group fundraiser at Fremont Studios, the cavernous event space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood on the north side of the Ship Canal. In an effort to resize the event which was dwarfed by the vastness of the Fremont venue in its last couple of outings, the March 31, 2017 edition of the event will move to the queerer confines of Seattle’s traditional gay neighborhood, Capitol Hill and be produced at the popular Oddfellows Hall building at the corner of 10th & Pine Street.

Seattle Red Dress 2017 will take over the entire second floor of the building which is home to several popular venues familiar to many of our readers who have attended events and performances in the large Century Ballroom space or in the smaller West Hall space which is the traditional home of the annual “Homo for the Holidays” show produced by BenDeLaCreme, Kitten LaRue and Lou Henry Hoover.

Red Dress will also utilize The Tin Table restaurant space across the hall from the Ballroom. All three spaces are queer owned; owner Hallie Kuperman is also the primary dance instructor at the Ballroom teaching a variety of ballroom dance styles.

While it’s a much smaller space, the intimacy and beautiful ambience of this classic space will amp up the glam factor for the popular Red Dress Party. Fremont Studios is a terrific space but ideally suited for huge events with over a thousand people in attendance. If you don’t get close to that number, it feels drafty and barn like which isn’t a great atmosphere for a party. The classic intimacy of the Oddfellows space will blend well with the party’s themes and intent.

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Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning Sentence

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As one of his final acts acts President Obama commuted the 35 year sentence for convicted former Army intelligence analyst CHELSEA MANNING who was convicted in 2010 for passing classified information to WikiLeaks, the international digital guerrilla organization famed for exposing government and industrial secrets and corruption.

Manning has made international news for much of the last decade not only for her conviction and imprisonment but also for her status as a transgender political prisoner. Manning was originally convicted under the birth name of Bradley and after conviction revealed she was transgender. During her time in prison, Manning has suffered from depression  and has made two suicide attempts while in prison and has had a long going battle with federal authorities over receiving proper treatment as a transgender prisoner.

President Obama also granted 208 other commutations and 64 pardons on Tuesday. To date, presidential commutations and pardons are irreversible per court rulings. The incoming Trump Administration is legally prohibited from reversing such orders.

Manning’s lawyer told NBC News:

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Caitlyn Jenner Reportedly To Attend Trump Crowning

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Numerous media outlets are reporting that it looks like transgender activist/reality show star and Olympic gold medal winning athlete CAITLYN JENNER has indicated she will be attending the January 20th inauguration of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States. Trump, the least popular presidential election winner in U.S. history is largely reviled by the majority of the LGBTQ community for his offensive stands on most issues including LGBTQ rights. Many gay Americans support a boycott of the Trump Administration with a call to “Resist. Protest. Obstruct. Inform.” Trump lost the popular vote in the November 2016 election but won a majority in the Electoral College, the United States’ obsolete method of electing its presidents.

While hundreds of entertainers and celebrities from around the world have refused to participate or support Trump by attending or performing at the inauguration, a handful have indicated support including, reportedly, Jenner the equally controversial transgender celebrity who has come under attack for some of her conservative leaning views including Jenner’s own attack on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton who Jenner publicly referred to as “a fucking liar”.

From the Huffington Post:

Caitlyn Jenner has accepted an invitation to attend the Jan. 20 festivities, Us Weekly first reported Wednesday, citing a source. The news was widely reported elsewhere, and LGBTQ Nation said a source told them that Jenner was looking for someone to accompany her to the event.

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That “Wuvable Oaf” Comes To Seattle; Artist Ed Luce On His Body Positive Comix

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Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce

For queer fans of alternative comics, there’s a treat coming to Seattle this weekend…especially for non-mainstream LGBTQ folks who like: heavy metal music, and leather, and monster truck shows, and corn dogs, and beer, and big strapping beer bellies. Artist/writer ED LUCE has many of the same fascinations and his comic character “The Wuvable Oaf” has become hugely popular with not only the gay male “bear” community but many people who appreciate different facets of culture. “Oaf” is a burly bear but he’s also a cuddle loving burly bear who loves cats, wrestling, metal and queercore music, traits he shares with his creator, Ed Luce who recently spoke with Lambda Literary about his latest graphic novel Wuvable Oaf: Blood and Metal his second collaboration with the fine folks at Seattle based Fantagraphics Comics, about why he explored these topics:

Why focus on the subjects of wrestling and metal this time around, one might ask? The answer is simple: I’ve been passionate about both since adolescence. But I also can’t think of two things that have stronger homoerotic overtones…despite a strident history of homophobia present in each. So what better topics to explore?

In all seriousness, the overall vibe of the new book is a little more primal than the first Oaf collection. It’s not all kitty cuddling and romantic debacles. While I still enjoy those things, I don’t want every Oaf book to be the same. Humor and cuteness abound in Blood & Metal but there are more complex, perverse things going on too, especially in the wrestling vignettes (which first appeared on Vice’s website). I got to stretch my creative legs and drawing chops with the full color format. It’s a much more intense visual experience.

And, on the audience for “Oaf”:

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Time To End This Awful Year…What To Do New Year’s Eve

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Stay home. Look up how to immigrate to New Zealand.

(Canada is too cold and too close to Herr Drumpf’s minions of stupidity)

I keed, I keed.

Sorta.

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Honoring Carrie Fisher With A Light Saber Tribute

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This is sweet. Some local folks have created a spur of the moment tribute to legendary actress and writer CARRIE FISHER who passed away earlier this week after suffering a devastating heart attack on board a plane from London to Los Angeles. The actress, best known for her role as Princess/General Leia Organa in the “Star Wars” films and as a writer of novels, memoirs and film scripts was also the daughter of two other entertainment legends, singer Eddie Fisher who passed away in 2010 and actress/singer Debbie Reynolds who very sadly passed away the day after her daughter died.

To pay tribute to the star, who was only 60 when she died and had just completed work on the 8th Star Wars film, a memorial gathering is happening TONIGHT (Friday, December 30, 2016) at 7 pm at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Fans of Ms Fisher are being encouraged to show up with toy light sabers (or glow sticks or flashlights if you don’t have a light saber handy…) to “light up the sky” to honor the actress/writer/advocate of mental health issues.

A bit more info via the Facebook invite:

Carrie Fisher was an Icon. A beloved figure both on and off screen. Let us say farewell by gathering together on Friday, December 30th as we celebrate the life of our favorite Princess. Join us at Seattle Center right by the Fisher Pavilion at 7pm. Bring as many lightsabers as you can carry. Don’t have a saber? Glow sticks and flashlights are just as good. Feel free to come in plain clothes or costumes. All are welcome here. At 7:30 we will have a moment of silence followed by our lightsaber tribute. We will light up the sky as we say farewell to Carrie. Afterwards, feel free to hang around and mingle with fellow fans, have lightsaber battles, or just enjoy the scenery. Carrie is now one with the Force, and May the Force be with us all.

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Don’t Forget The One Off Xmas Shows! Cucci / Ian & Bhama / Alan Thickemas / Inferno / Secret Santa / MORE!

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OK, so maybe you’ve already seen or at least booked your tickets to see the BIG annual holiday shows like Dina Martina and Homo for the Holidays and Ham for the Holidays and Homo Dina Ham For the Holidays but now you need to fill in those empty spots on your holiday show going calendar?

Well, there’s also a ton of smaller one off shows to go see as well and we encourage you to go check out a few…spread your wealth a little bit! Does Dina Martina really need your money to build another wing onto her solid gold luxury mega-mansion? Do you feel compelled to feed BenDeLaCreme’s addictions to buying vintage porn magazines and old Bratz Dolls?

(You should, actually…but you can go see those shows AND other shows, too! Sell an organ if you need to!!!!)

For instance, tonight (Friday, December 16) you can bop over to Bremerton to say farewell to beloved kooky alterna queen CUCCI BINACA who is giving her FINAL “Cucci’s Cake Batter” over at Papa’s Sports Bar. The lovely Cucci is jumping ship to Los Angeles which is lovely for her (hopefully) but sad for us and especially for Bremerton since her shows over there have been HELLA popular. She’ll be missed.

You should make reservations if you want to go tonight…it DOES sell out!!!

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More Holiday Shows We Love: Those “Ham” Ladies Lisa Koch & Peggy Platt Return For “Jurassic Pork”

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Photo credit: (l. to r.) Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt as Heartwood Mac. Photo by Sage Alixander.

Photo credit: (l. to r.) Lisa Koch and Peggy Platt as Heartwood Mac. Photo by Sage Alixander.

We’re so blessed in Seattle…so many holiday traditions to choose from!!!

Yes, everyone and their drunk drag queen cousin now has a holiday themed show to celebrate the birth of our Lord & Savior/Winter Solstice which is just code for “LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY!!!”

That’s harsh. We’re not going to begrudge area entertainers from making some $$$ during the HoliGay Season. Drag Queens, Comedians, Burlesquers and Tiny Dancers should all have an opportunity to practice their craft and make a buck or two while providing the Desperate Hordes with much needed holiday cheer before the reality of The Illegitimate Regime of Donald Trump begins on January 20, 2017.

(Sigh. Takes long sip of ever present gin based cocktail)

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Support Planned Parenthood With “Pussy Grabs Back 5k Run”

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The Horrid Day that the Orange One and his Brood of Morons takes over the American Government is fast approaching. Obviously, PLANNED PARENTHOOD is high on their list of very worth while organizations to destroy and decimate. Despite the fact Planned Parenthood does so much more than pregnancy termination, it’s always been a big target for the Brood of Morons on the Right…how dare they work so hard to enable women to have safe, effective means of taking care of their reproductive health? The nerve of them!

To help Planned Parenthood in their ongoing fight against the forces of oppression and to guarantee their survival as a vital healthcare organization not only for women but for everyone in the community, Seattle area friends of Planned Parenthood staging a fundraising charity fun run on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Green Lake Boathouse in north Seattle. And, to mock our soon to be First Predator, they’re calling it PUSSY GRABS BACK 5K in honor of the Orange One’s shocking admission of a tendency to grope and molest women he finds attractive.

It’s a fun short run (hell, even I can do 5k…walking) happening at Green Lake on a Saturday morning, a time when half of Seattle is already probably at Green Lake anyway. It’s a relatively cheap fundraiser…only $15 for adults to enter and participate, $10 for students and $8 for kids. Top finishers will get prizes from Babeland and Central Cinema PLUS there will be free desserts. Go HERE to register for the run.

Oh, and the final donation to Planned Parenthood after the event is over will be made in Vice-President Mike Pence’s name. The soon to be Vice Henchman is a notorious enemy of Planned Parenthood (as well as anything else that actually helps humanity) and we hope his reign will be brief.

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Just The Facts: The State of The World on AIDS Day 2016

by Thursday at 1:31 pm

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It’s the last World AIDS Day under the legitimate regime of President Barack Obama and the White House has released a Fact Sheet about the State of the World and the battle to end HIV/AIDS in our lifetime.

Considering what’s coming under the impending nightmare-ocracy of Cheeto Trumpolini, this might be the last positive news we get on the battle to end HIV/AIDS for at least 4 years…or, until the impeachment/treason trials begin.

Some good news:

Not so good news:

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Take A Break From Political Freaking Out With…The Freakout Music Festival!!!

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God DAMMIT, I’m sick of being pissed off/depressed/seriously fucking annoyed/distraught and plain ole FREAKED THE FUCK OUT about this fucking atrocity of a presidential election!

FUCK THIS SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’d head to the Valley of the Dolls but “dolls” don’t work well with heart medications.

FUCK BEING OLD!!!!!

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