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Two Music Options This Weekend: Reeve Carney @ Barboza and J Grgry @ The Crocodile

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Singer/rocker/actor REEVE CARNEY performs at Barboza in Seattle this Friday June 23, 2017....right in the middle of Seattle Gay Pride Weekend!

Singer/rocker/actor REEVE CARNEY performs at Barboza in Seattle this Friday June 23, 2017….right in the middle of Seattle Gay Pride Weekend!

The entire world doesn’t revolve around Gay Pride every second of the day..even LGBTQ people and allies need a break from EVERYTHING being Pride labeled during their city’s annual Pride events.”

If you already need a Pride “break” here’s two option both involving live musicians.

First up is the adorable REEVE CARNEY who has a show at Barboza, underneath Neumos, this Friday night, June 23rd. Mr. Carney is known to musical theater nerds as the originating actor in the scandalous Broadway musical “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”. The attractive young actor started out as a singer/musician and since “Spider-Man: You Can’t Stop The Disaster” featured music by Bono and The Edge, it required a young rocker. Since then, Carney has caught our eye on the fabulous Showtime series “Penny Dreadful” where he played a never aging/sexually fluid Dorian Gray, and he also appeared in this last winter’s AWFUL remount of “The Rocky Horror Show” as Riff-Raff, one of the few good things in that unsweet travesty of a show…

We prefer to remember in “Penny Dreadful” where he had lots of hot sex scenes…including one with Josh Hartnett.

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We Love The New Pass Around Party Twink Ken Dolls!!

by Thursday at 3:04 pm

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Finally….a Ken Doll who looks like ME!!!

Well, no. They didn’t create “Chubby Middle Aged Bitter Old Bear Ken” but if you’re into hairless, lookalike twink types who pretty much all have the same vapid facial expression but in THREE different skin tones, then YES there is some representation going on here thanks to Mattel updating Barbie’s main man, Ken after their previous makeover of Barbie herself.

They just released the Press Release on Tuesday…Mattel’s Fashionistas line has updated Ken with three body type options: skinny, original and vaguely but not really beefy, as well as seven skin tones, eight hair colors, nine hairstyles and all sorts of  awful Urban Outfitter type outfits.

Frankly, they could have just named this line “Pass Around Twink Party Bottom Ken” and be done with it…

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Seattle Pride Makes Plans In Case Of Anti-Corporate Protests During Sunday Parade

by Wednesday at 4:05 pm

No Justice No Pride protesters shut down Capital Pride in Washington D.C. earlier this month.

No Justice No Pride protesters shut down Capital Pride in Washington D.C. earlier this month. Photo: Dylan Comstock

Seattle Pride is making back up plans in case this Sunday’s Seattle Pride Parade faces anti-corporate protesters.

The Board of Directors for Seattle Pride, the non-profit community organization formerly known as Seattle Out and Proud who produce the annual Pride parade and other events, sent out an email today to all their business partners and sponsors addressing the issue of organized protests disrupting the parade to be held Sunday morning, June 25, 2017 along 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The popular annual event which routinely draws over a 100,000 people is being targeted by the Seattle chapter of the “No Justice, No Pride” group.

“No Justice, No Pride” received national attention earlier this month when they successfully protested at Washington D.C./Capital Pride on June 1oth. Protesters barricaded themselves along the parade route resulting in the re-routing of the parade. The group released a list of demands that included demands that Capital Pride be more inclusive towards the Trans community, Queer People of Color, Indigenous people and oppressed communities as well as restrictions on participation in the parade by Police or any Military organizations. And, a main target in their demands was a call to restrict Corporate entities from participating in Capital Pride.

From their petition:

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HUGE Plans Being Made For #Stonewall50″ for NYC Pride in 2019

by Wednesday at 12:40 pm

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It’s also NYC Pride Week and they’re already making plans for NYC Pride 2019 which will be the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which helped ignite the modern gay rights movement. “One World, One Pride, One New York City – Unite in 2019” will be the theme and NYC Pride 2019 is also being designated as a World Pride event.

More poo on this big announcement. If Herr Drumpf doesn’t destroy us before then, this will be a YUGE global event.

DURING NYC PRIDE WEEK, NYC & COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW YORK CITY’S TWO-YEAR COUNTDOWN TO WORLDPRIDE 2019

—50th Anniversary of Stonewall Riots, Birthplace of Modern Gay Rights Movement, to Coincide with WorldPride 2019—

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City Denies Permit For June 24th Capitol Hill Pride/Bite of Broadway Street Event

by Thursday at 6:29 pm

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The City of Seattle has apparently had enough of the Capitol Hill Pride/Broadway Pride event producers. Last week, the city shut down their plans for a two day event that was to include a solidarity march to the national Equality March in Washington D.C. (A competing Seattle solidarity march went on as scheduled). Now, the city is telling the same event producers who operate under the names “Northwest Museum of Legends and Lore” and “Capitol Hill Pride Festival” and is headed by Charlette LeFevre that they are being denied permits to stage another event on Saturday, June 24th. That event was a rebranded version of their traditional Capitol Hill Pride/Broadway Pride Street Fair they’ve held on Capitol Hill’s main thoroughfare Broadway between John and Aloha for the last several years. In a confusing display of organization skills,  LeFevre moved this year’s event to Saturday June 10th and Sunday June 11th which annoyed many Broadway merchants as well as small businesses and non-profits who had paid for booth space during the festival. LeFevre then also created “Capitol Hill Pride: Bite of Broadway” on the original scheduled date to appease those businesses thus planning on having three days of Pride related events on Capitol Hill during the month of June 2017.

But, the city has apparently had enough of LeFevre and her confusing business practices. As reported last week, the city denied her group the permits for the June 11/12 events which LeFevre repeatedly ignored. When Capitol Hill Pride began setting up their staging areas for last weekend’s event, the city quickly responded and shut down those preparations. Capitol Hill Pride’s refusal to accept the City’s original decision on that festival was the chief reason given in today’s announcement that LeFevre and Capitol Hill Pride would be denied permits for the June 24th event. The notice also cites an injury sustained by a woman during that unauthorized set up by Capitol Hill Pride as another reason for the refusal.

It should be stressed that this refusal of permits is ONLY related to the Saturday Capitol Hill Pride events happening on Broadway. This has nothing to do with Seattle Pride‘s annual parade on Sunday, June 25th or the events produced by Seattle PrideFest including their events scheduled at Capitol Hill’s Link rail site and in adjoining Cal Anderson Park on Saturday June 24th or the main PrideFest event at Seattle Center on Sunday June 25th. ALL those official events will continue as always.

The City’s strongly worded release today on refusal of event permits for Charlette LeFevre’s “Capitol Hill Pride” group seems to indicate the city is no longer interested in working with that event organization and suggests it would be happy to work with OTHER event organizers for a similar event on Broadway in the future.

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The Not So Realistic Joneses: Minimalist Oblique Theater With Gorgeous Design

by Thursday at 4:57 pm

Evan Whitfield, Sunam Ellis, Brenda joyner, Peter Dylan O'Connor in New Century Theatre Company's production of Will Eno's play THE REALISTIC JONESES onstage at 12th Avenue Arts through July 1, 2017

Evan Whitfield, Sunam Ellis, Brenda Joyner, Peter Dylan O’Connor in New Century Theatre Company’s production of Will Eno’s play THE REALISTIC JONESES onstage at 12th Avenue Arts through July 1, 2017

My inner 11 year old was dazzled by the set for THE REALISTIC JONESES the play by Will Eno currently onstage at 12th Avenue Arts and produced by New Century Theatre Company.

Not so much by the plain facade of the set, a simple depiction of a wall of what seems to be a partially constructed house. It’s just a wall of particle board with sliding glass patio doors on one side, and cleverly constructed sliding panel on the other which reveals an interior. But, it’s the delightful set “header” that extends the length of that wall that fascinates. It’s a delightful diorama that depicts the narrow skinny mountain side town where the “Joneses” reside, the two couples who populate this odd oblique play. The little houses light up and there is a simulation of the movement of the sun across the “sky” of the diorama town and when the actions of the play descend into night, so does the world of the little town on the mantel over the heads of the actors performing the scenes of the play. There are minimal actions in the text of this play, but those minimal acts are mimicked in the lives of the parallel town. It DOES interesting little things, just like the oddly mostly interesting things occurring in the world of the Joneses.

I don’t know who came up with this concept for the this production of The Realistic Joneses. I haven’t read the play but I have checked out photos from other productions including its Broadway debut from a few years back….no signs of any diorama world existing in any of those versions. This town appears to be unique to New Century’s production and so it must be the work of the director, Paul Budraitis and/or  the scenic designer, Andrea Bryn Bush. Having seen previous work from both artists, it’s entirely possible one or both of them came up with this concept. Both Mr. Budraitis and Ms Bush are detailed oriented and seemingly fascinated by textures, shapes, colors, patinas and how all these details can form an unique theatrical experience.

In short, I really really  REALLY love the set design and the overall mise-en-scène for The Realistic Joneses which also features evocative lighting design by Evan Christian Anderson and sound design by Johanna Melamed. The designers and director have created a fascinating, dreamscape which is fitting and apt for the world created by Will Eno in this play.

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“We Remember”: Seattle Honors Those Lost As Well As The Survivors Of Orlando Pulse On 1 Year Anniversary

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Placards featuring all 49 victims of Pulse Orlando were held by community members at Seattle's "We Remembr-Pulse One Year Anniversary" event at Cal Anderson Park on Monday, June 12, 2017. Photo: Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

Placards featuring all 49 victims of Pulse Orlando were held by community members at Seattle’s “We Remember-Pulse One Year Anniversary” event at Cal Anderson Park on Monday, June 12, 2017. Photo: Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

On Monday, June 12, 2017 people gathered in somber groups in cities all around the country to mark the one year anniversary and to honor all the victims from the Orlando Pulse Nightclub Massacre. A lone gunman slaughtered 49 people at the popular Orlando Florida gay nightclub and injured a further 58 before he was killed by police. A large memorial/vigil was held in Orlando on Monday but members from both the LGBTQ and Latinx communities gathered in cities across the country as well to remember all those affected by the tragedy. The majority of the lives lost at Pulse were Latinx with many of the victims either from or descended from family from nearby Spanish speaking Caribbean islands including Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

In Seattle, community leaders including myself and Adam McRoberts from Seattle Gay Scene, Sarah Toce from The Seattle Lesbian and former Seattle LGBT Commissioner Mac McGregor created the event We Remember – Pulse Vigil – 1 Year Memorial to honor the anniversary. The event held in Cal Anderson Park at the exact location of last year’s community vigil held the day after the massacre drew a couple hundred members of the community to hear speeches from community leaders as well as musical tributes from area performers and a reading of all 49 names lost in the attack.

Mac McGregor led the reading of the names of all 49 victims of Pulse Orlando were held by community members at Seattle's "We Remembr-Pulse One Year Anniversary" event at Cal Anderson Park on Monday, June 12, 2017. Photo: Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

Mac McGregor led the reading of the names of all 49 victims of Pulse Orlando held by community members at Seattle’s “We Remember-Pulse One Year Anniversary” event at Cal Anderson Park on Monday, June 12, 2017. Photo: Adam McRoberts for Seattle Gay Scene

McGregor, currently running in this year’s municipal election for a spot on the Seattle City Council acted as emcee for the ceremony which included speeches from Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, representing Mayor Ed Murray who was unable to attend the memorial due to a previously scheduled engagement. Several other community leaders spoke including a tearful key note address from King County Elections Supervisor Jacque Larrainzar and a less well received political harangue from James Khan, a community organizer for Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant and a member of the political group the Socialist Alternative. Sawant was also unable to attend the memorial and while Khan opened his remarks with a deeply felt personal story about his connection to Pulse Nightclub, the first gay club he visited in his coming out process, his following remarks wandered from the issue at hand, (honoring the people of Pulse Orlando), to a fiery discourse on the socialist agenda which many in the audience probably adhere to in one form or the other, but also felt out of place in an event meant to focus on the people affected by the events at Pulse Orlando.

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Seattle Honors Orlando Pulse On the One Year Anniversary This Monday June 12

by Friday at 4:42 pm

OrlandoPulseVictimsPhotos So, we’re at the one year anniversary of the Orlando Pulse Massacre which claimed the lives of 49 people on June 12, 2016 at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando Florida. To honor those 49 lives and the lives of the 58 other people who were injured but survived, several members of Seattle’s LGBTQ community banded together to create a vigil/memorial to be held this coming Monday June 12th at 7pm at Cal Anderson Park. The event, “WE REMEMBER-PULSE VIGIL ONE YEAR MEMORIAL” will feature speakers, music and a reading of the names of the 49 people who senselessly lost their lives that day. Co-organizer Sarah Toce from The Seattle Lesbian whipped up this press release to explain it all in more detail. We hope to see you at Cal Anderson on Monday evening.

Speakers Include Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim and Jacque Larrainzar SEATTLE, Wash. (June 9, 2017):  Seattle’s LGBTQ community will unite at 7 p.m. at Cal Anderson Park on Monday, June 12, 2017 to honor the victims, family members and friends affected by the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre – the deadliest shooting in U.S. history. On June 12, 2016, the Orlando community was rocked by the massacre at Pulse nightclub that claimed the lives of 49 victims. An additional 53 more individuals sustained injuries, and thousands in Orlando and around the world were traumatized by the attack. The horror unfolded in the middle of Pride month on Latin night at Pulse, a popular gathering place for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people of color. Elected officials in Orlando have now dedicated June 12, 2017 “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” “Our community will never forget the tragedy of Pulse or the grief of those who lost loved ones,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a video posted to the website, OrlandoUnitedDay.com. “From heartbroken family and friends to survivors putting shattered lives back together, our entire community stands with you.” The memorial at Cal Anderson Park is hosted by The Seattle Lesbian’s Sarah Toce, Seattle Gay Scene’s Michael Strangeways, Seattle Gay News’ George Bakan , Seattle Pride’s Melissa Celia Garcia, and The Mac McGregor Campaign. Supporters are encouraged to use the hashtag #HonorThemWithAction in reference to the memorial events throughout the nation on Monday, June 12, 2017. Attendees are encouraged to bring signs and rainbow flags. A  sign-making station will be set up for convenience as well. A reading of the names will be conducted. A full list of Pulse shooting victims can be found on https://honorthemwithaction.org. Speakers and performers will include Seattle Deputy Mayor Hyeok Kim, Jacque Larrainzar, Pride Idol winner Ruth Soto, singer Jack Mozie, Seattle City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, Seattle City Council candidate Mac McGregor, and Rev. Brian Hutchenson from Seattle MCC Church. “It is important for us to stand in community to honor and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight to create a world where we can all live together without having to hide who we are or who we love,” said McGregor, event co-organizer. McGregor, a transplant from Florida, is currently campaigning for  Seattle City Council Pos. 8. He says this event goes beyond politics as usual. “I grew up in Central Florida and owned my business there,” McGregor said. “The Pulse club is a place I have been and a place where we all felt safe in the South to come together and celebrate who we were. As someone who grew up under the oppression of LGBTQ people in the South, acts that attempt to take our few safe places hit our community hard. We will stand together in strength and pay tribute by not allowing them to silence us or make us hide in the shadows.” “By honoring the victims of the Pulse massacre, we are giving a voice to the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality,” said event co-host and The Seattle Lesbian publisher Sarah Toce. “We must honor the victims with action.” Seattle Gay Scene publisher Michael Strangeways said, “I think it’s vital for the worldwide LGBTQ community to remember and honor all the victims of the Orlando Pulse massacre…not only the 49 people who were senselessly butchered that night, and the 58 people who were injured with many sustaining injuries that will impact their lives forever, but also the families and friends of all the victims and the injured. Orlando Pulse touched all of us and we must remember and honor all those people.” By honoring the victims with action on June 12, 2017, community members and organizers pledge to uproot hatred and bigotry of all kinds and make the world better and more equal for everyone.

Oh, and we should also note that we need to thank Seattle Event Printing (Dan Lane) and Kendall’s DJ & Events (L.A. Kendall) for help in putting together this event.

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Breaking: What’s Up With Purr? Barbie Hints That Change Is In The Air For Popular Lounge

by Thursday at 4:25 pm

Ruh Roh….there’s something afoot at PURR COCKTAIL LOUNGE the popular 11th Avenue gay venue on Capitol Hill owned by Barbie Roberts the equally popular former bartender at the long lamented Manray who opened up Purr nearly 12 years ago. Barbie posted the following on her Facebook page earlier today:

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We reached out to Barbie for any additional info and she responded:

I’m hoping to tell you more information by next week. Just working on some details that I’m not at liberty to discuss.

We asked her to clarify that the news is positive and not anything awful like Purr closing and she responded:

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Queer Pride Capitol Hill Art Walk Is TONIGHT With Ma Finley On The Rampage!

by Thursday at 3:33 pm

FinleyChainsawIt gonna get all queer arty and shit on Capitol Hill tonight, kids…

It’s the annual Queer/Seattle PrideFest takeover of the monthly Capitol Hill “2nd Thursdays of the Month” Art Walk which showcases the artistical works of dozens and dozens of LGBT QUEER artists at venues all over Capitol Hill including the trendy Pike/Pine Corridor of Gentrification but also Broadway and Olive/John and 15th Street and 12th Street and Madison and…

All over.

Times vary sorta depending on the venue (much of the art is already up and ready to go in bars/restaurants/shops) but the venues holding artist receptions will have those events open roughly between 6 pm and 9 pm tonight, Thursday June 8th.

Here’s a link to a full rundown of all the participating venues with artists listed AND a handy map!

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June 11 Seattle Equality March Needs Volunteers!!

by Friday at 2:09 pm

We posted yesterday about the June 11 Seattle Equality/Pride Marches (there are actually 2 different events…) which are being held in solidarity with the big march in Washington D.C.

The bigger of the two marches, organized by Seattle PrideFest with most of the major Seattle LGBTQ non-profits signed on, is seeking volunteers to help put on the event which starts at 11 am at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill before the actual march through downtown Seattle which will terminate at Seattle Center. It takes a HUGE village of volunteers to put on any event but especially a huge community event such as this. If you’re able to assist with any of the listed opportunities, then go HERE to sign up!

More info:

Volunteers are needed for the June 11 Equality March

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Time To Plan For The June 11th LGBTQ Solidarity March…Both of Them

by Thursday at 2:35 pm

The June 11, 2017 Equality March hopes to duplicate the success of the January 21, 2017 Women's March

The June 11, 2017 Equality March hopes to duplicate the success of the January 21, 2017 Women’s March

Are you ready?

The Equality March for Unity & Pride is happening Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Washington D.C. with sister marches happening around the world including Seattle, Bremerton and Olympia Washington. The call for the march went out right after the Trump Inauguration and the highly successful “Women’s March” in January that featured millions and millions of people participating to protest issues regarding the 2016 U.S. presidential election and subsequent actions committed by Congress and the new administration that are detrimental to the issues of women.

The June 11 Equality March seeks to duplicate the success of the Women’s March with hopes that millions of LGBTQ people and their allies will peacefully march “for unity & pride” at a time where equal rights for LGBTQ citizens are being threatened by the actions of the current ruling regime in Washington D.C. Many of these actions are also detrimental to citizens from around the world as the Trump Administration seeks to deny refugees from entering the U.S. including LGBTQ people whose lives are threatened in some countries by religious extremists.

From the national Equality March website:

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Seattle Sounders and Sherman Alexie Among Seattle Pride Parade Marshals For 2017

by Wednesday at 3:59 pm

Noted Native American author and Seattlite Sherman Alexie is a Grand Marshal for the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo Credit: Lee Towndrow

Noted Native American author and Seattlite Sherman Alexie is a Grand Marshal for the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade.
Photo Credit: Lee Towndrow

There’s been no apparent press release about the marshals named for Seattle Pride’s 2017 parade happening Sunday, June 25. In past years, Seattle Pride (the group formerly known as “Seattle Out & Pride”) who put on Seattle’s annual LGBTQ Pride parade and a few other events (but not the Pride Day Festival at Seattle Center which is handled by a separate organization, Seattle PrideFest) would release that information earlier in the year.

Technically, as far as we’re aware, they still haven’t actually released any info via the normal channels of dispersing such news. There’s no announcement on their social media (just post after post after repetitive post thanking corporate sponsors over and over and over…) and a Google search turned up zero announcements from any other media. Seattle Pride does have the 2017 parade marshal info on their website but haven’t bothered to formally announce it.

Were they counting on official media partners KIRO TV or a radio station to do so?

Since no one else bothered to run with the ball, we’ll announce the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade Marshals…they are:

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Two City Hall Events: Pride Flag Raising & LGBTQ Aging Forum

by Monday at 12:47 pm

Photo: City of Seattle Mayor's Office

Photo: City of Seattle Mayor’s Office

If you enjoy hanging out at Seattle’s City Hall then we have TWO big events for you this week!

The first one is now a yearly tradition…it’s the annual raising of the Pride Flag over Seattle’s City Hall and it’s happening Thursday afternoon, June 1st with entertainment scheduled to start at 3:30 pm, followed by speakers and then the flag actually being raised at 4:30 pm.

Normally, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission is in charge of planning all of this but since the commission is woefully understaffed right now (we’ve heard they are down to 5 members from their normal full 16 member panel) the planning seems to all have fallen into the lap of Mayor Ed Murray’s office. They just released a Facebook invite late last week with very little information.

The majority of the Commission is either appointed by the Mayor’s Office or the City Council…maybe they need to get to work an appoint some new people?

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Help Lambert House Raise $4m To Buy Their Home

by Thursday at 4:27 pm

Lambert House has been Seattle's Queer Youth Center for 25 years. It needs help to buy its property.

Lambert House has been Seattle’s Queer Youth Center for 25 years. It needs help to buy its property.

Hey, here’s a pitch to help out for a really terrific cause…LAMBERT HOUSE has been Seattle’s LGBTQ Youth Center for 25 years now at their location up by 15th and Denny on top of Capitol Hill. As someone who lived in that neighborhood for 11 years, I can attest that it is a rapidly gentrifying ‘hood and not surprisingly, recently the landlords decided it was time to sell the property…which seemed like the death knell for Lambert House. Small community non-profits don’t usually have millions of dollars just sitting around for emergencies such as this.

LUCKILY, a very kind and generous supporter of Lambert House stepped up and actually purchased the property from the previous owners thus keeping it out of the hands of developers who would have immediately torn it down to put up something amazing like a micropub or a combo tanning salon/boxing gym/ballet school for the chronically hip. The new owner is giving Lambert House THREE AND A HALF YEARS to raise the funds to then purchase the house from them (and with no expectation of a profit…) To that end, Lambert House has a goal to raise $4 million over the the next 41 months to buy the property and make badly needed renovations to the building.

Here’s more poo from their Generosity/IndieGoGo campaign…if you can help out, please do so!

Lambert House LGBTQ Youth Center provides a safe and stable environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Greater Northwest to stay alive, explore their identities, and build social connections with their peers. Community building at Lambert House is the primary prevention strategy for an entire constellation of risks that disproportionately affects LGBTQ youth. Through repeated positive connections with peers and volunteers, Lambert House educates LGBTQ youth to see themselves as normal, healthy individuals and to respect and take care of themselves and each other.

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Brazilian Divas, Dysfunctional French Families, Mexican Marriage Equality: SIFF 2017 Is Global

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Here are 3 queer films to check in the next few days at the Seattle International Film Festival…all three are international in content with a documentary about a reunion of Brazilian drag divas; a French Canadian family drama with an all-star French cast; and another documentary, this one grittier and topical, about the fight for marriage equality in Baja California.

The Brazilian documentary DIVINE DIVAS exams a reunion of drag stars.

The Brazilian documentary DIVINE DIVAS exams a reunion of drag stars.

First up: DIVINE DIVAS which opens this Wednesday, May 24th at the Uptown with an encore screening next Tuesday, May 30th at the Egyptian. The film is in Portuguese with English subtitles.

Part personal history and part musical revue, director Leandra Leal takes us backstage at the 50th anniversary of a lively octet of Brazilian drag performers, exploring the lives and careers of these pioneers who boldly challenged the conservatism of the 1960s.

Long before making a name as an actress throughout Brazil, director Leandra Leal enjoyed the kind of early life most of us could only dream of. As the granddaughter of famed producer and theater owner Americo Leal, the future star made her childhood home backstage and in the dressing rooms of Rio de Janeiro’s Rival Theater, among the first theaters to welcome cross-dressing performers more than 50 years ago. Discovering later that her beloved theater was a cherished safe haven for drag performers in a repressive, intolerant society, Leal was moved to create this loving tribute to the divas who shaped her childhood as they prepare for one final performance. From demure and beguiling Camille K, whose appearances in public caused riots, and the glamorous Valeria, who learned her craft from the most infamous Parisian showgirls and whose show-stopping rendition of “My Way” will make you break out the handkerchief, to outspoken Eloina Dos Leopardos, fully committed to being a woman from an early age, and multitalented Marquesa, born into privilege and living life as a man but for the stage, the Rival’s legendary divas share life stories filled with humor and heartbreak, sadness and strength. Using rich archival clips mixed with backstage footage and rollicking interviews, Divine Divas, the Audience Award winner at both Rio 2016 and this year’s SXSW Film Festival, is a director’s poignant and unforgettable return to the arms of the divas who raised her.

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Review: Seattle Shakes’ Goes Hollywood With “Midsummer”

by Saturday at 11:35 am

MJ Sieber, center, as Bottom and the cast of A Midsummer Night's Dream produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company. Photo by Chris Bennion.

MJ Sieber, center, as Bottom and the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream produced by Seattle Shakespeare Company. Photo by Chris Bennion.

Ya gotta have a gimmick nowadays when it comes to producing Shakespeare. You seldom get a straightforward production actually set from Shakespeare’s time frame in the first Elizabethan Age. Or, even for his “historical” plays set in an era before Shakespeare was alive. Which is fine. We understand why theater companies want to do something different with the work of the Bard. It keeps everyone on their toes and gives the design departments a challenge to come up with sets and costumes for “Space Age Hamlet!” and “Genderqueer Othello!” and “Cyberpunk Cymbeline!”

Seattle Shakespeare Company didn’t go too extreme with their latest version of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedic romance, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. You know. The one about the two cute couples, and the working class folk putting on a play for King Theseus and his court and the Fairies who fiddle with everything with their fairy magic and cause comedic chaos and confusion where the wrong lovers pitch woo to the wrong partners and the pompous star actor of the working class players, Bottom gets his head replaced with a donkey’s head.

That one.

It’s so popular that Seattle Shakes’ current production comes only 6 years or so after their previous production…which was a mixed bag of treats both great (a very funny Terri Weagant as Helena; Todd Jefferson Moore as Bottom) and not so great (sloppy design; casting choices that didn’t work; choreography that suggested a bargain basement version of the awful musical CATS…)

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Chelsea Manning’s First Post Release Photo

by Thursday at 5:43 pm

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Earlier today, CHELSEA MANNING, the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst who served 7 years in prison for sharing classified military documents, released her first photo on social media outlets Instagram and Twitter with a simple message “Okay, so here I am everyone!! =P ”  and the hashtag: #HelloWorld “

It’s just one day after the 29 year old transwoman was released from the prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Earlier this year and just prior to leaving office, then President Barack Obama commuted Manning’s 35 year long sentence.

Other than a grainy selfie depicting Manning in a wig taken a few years ago, today’s photo is the first depicting Chelsea Manning as an out transwoman. It was taken by documentary filmmaker Tim Travers Hawkins who is currently filming a documentary titled “XY Chelsea” about Manning’s life and post-prison experiences. Manning came out publicly as transgender after being sentenced and had struggled with transitioning in the federal military prison system and charged she was not receiving adequate care or counseling as a transgender prisoner.

Upon her release, she issued a statement: “”After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now — which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me.”

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PWR BTTM Tour Collapses Including July Stop At Neumos After Sexual Abuse Allegations

by Monday at 3:54 pm

PWR BTTM’s Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins Photo: Ebru Yildiz

PWR BTTM’s Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins Photo: Ebru Yildiz

The once popular Queercore duo known as  PWR BTTM is seeing the collapse of their musical career as the allegations that musician/co-founder BEN HOPKINS is guilty of sexual abuse has led to the cancellation of their national tour which was to include a stop at Seattle’s Neumos on July 19th.  Hopkins founded the group in 2013 with their Bard College classmate Liv Bruce and the duo quickly connected with the queer rock/punk/queercore/diy music community and snagged indie record deals and tours. Their latest album Pageant was just released on Polyvinyl Records on May 12 and the group looked poised for even greater success with a big tour and festival dates scheduled.

But, as that album was released last week, Hopkins was accused in a post on the closed Facebook group “DIY Chicago” of:

being ” a known sexual predator” who has perpetrated multiple assaults, bullied other people in the queer community, and has made unwanted advances towards underage minors. “U should avoid going to their shows/boycott their music/not allow them in safe spaces,” the poster, Kitty Cordero-Colin wrote. “I have personally seen Ben initiate inappropriate sexual contact with people despite several ‘nos’ and without warning or consent.”

via Jezebel

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A Very Candid Conversation With The Lady Bunny On Her Solo Show, PC Politics, Controversy & Caitlyn

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Michael Strangeways: Hey Lady Bunny! We’re delighted you’re visiting Seattle this week with your new one woman show, Trans-Jester!

But, we have questions…this is basically a free form one sided conversation flow with questions thrown in helter skelter…Jump in where you want!

Not surprisingly, there are some folks who aren’t happy that you or this specific show are coming to town. We had to deal with some complaints last year after you appeared at Seattle PrideFest. Some transgender community members aren’t fans of your type of humor…they called it divisive and phobic. We pointed out to some of them that comedy, like any art/entertainment, is highly subjective. Not everyone is gonna like every form of it. If you don’t like a particular form of art/entertainment…don’t go. In the case of PrideFest, they had the option of visiting other stages or wandering off to buy a $12 bratwurst or a “Dingleberry” treat.

Lady Bunny: I saw a sign in Seattle for a Steppenwolf tribute. I don’t like Steppenwolf, so I didn’t look for the date. Maybe they should see my show before judging it so harshly. It actually has a message of inclusivity and sticking together to fight the real enemy instead of each other. People are so tripped out that they assume that a show called Trans-Jester! is bashing trans people. But trans is a latin word meaning cross. I crossdress for a living. I’m a transvestite. Am I not allowed to refer to the nature of my own act without someone getting their panties in a bunch?  Drag queens nationwide are complaining about this. Suddenly, the acts they’ve done for years now cross the line. Someone took me to task for even doing the show at Stonewall Inn, where a trans person had allegedly been raped a few weeks before. Really? One allegation of rape erases the decades of Stonewall as a gay landmark? But to the PC crew, even saying gay offends them. They’d have us say LGBT every time or I’m not inclusive. I’m inclusive, but I just don’t have the time to figure out new configuration of letters they are using today. When Trump referred to us during the campaign, he used LGBTQ. I thought “Damn! I still thought it was LGBT.” And I saw it LGBTY recently. Coudn’t tell you what that Y stands for. Can you?

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Some Lovely Photos From Bob the Drag Queen’s Big Show

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All photos: Tiffany Von Arnhim
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LGBTQ SIFF Includes Susanne Bartsch, Tom of Finland, Allan Carr, Marsha P. Johnson & Robbie Turner

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SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP is this year's "Gay-La" presentation at the 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival on Thursday, June 8th.

SUSANNE BARTSCH: ON TOP is this year’s “Gay-La” presentation at the 43rd annual Seattle International Film Festival on Thursday, June 8th.

The Seattle International Film Festival opened its doors (for tickets) for the 43rd time today as they announce their full line-up for this year’s festival which opens Thursday, May 18 and runs through Sunday, June 11, 2017. Tickets also went on sale today for SIFF members and go on sale tomorrow (Thursday, May 4) to the general public for the largest film festival in the United States. SIFF had already announced their Opening Night Gala film, THE BIG SICK co-written and starring Kumail Nanjiani (HBO’s Silicon Valley) who is scheduled to attend the screening on May 18th with his wife and co-writer Emily V. Gordon and director Michael Showalter, as well as the Closing Night Gala, THE YOUNG KARL MARX and the Centerpiece Gala film, LANDLINE.

Also announced last week, one of this year’s two star tributes will be iconic actress ANJELICA HUSTON who will present her new film, TROUBLE during her tribute. The other just announced tribute will be actor SAM ELLIOTT who will be present for the Seattle premiere of his latest film, THE HERO.

Other highlights for SIFF 43 which includes 400 films from 80 countries and includes 14 feature film world premieres, 22 North American feature film premieres and 11 U.S. feature premieres:

Legendary film/theater/party producer ALLAN CARR is the subject of a new documentary from Jeffrey Schwarz making its world premiere at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival.

Legendary film/theater/party producer ALLAN CARR is the subject of a new documentary from Jeffrey Schwarz making its world premiere at the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival.

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Seattle Pride Puts Some Funk Into Their Former Pride Picnic With Sisters, Big Dipper, Double Duchess

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After years of complaining, Seattle Corporate Pride finally listened to me and has made an attempt to funk up the boring event formerly known as the Seattle Pride Picnic. (insert sarcastic emoticon HERE!) You remember the Pride Picnic, right? Held on the second Saturday in June and featuring community booths, community entertainment, and community hot dogs for the entire family focused community? Rather dully programmed? Like a church social in Hooterville but minus the usually terrific homemade country food you find at rural church events. Or, anything very fun to do like same sex square dancing or making out in a big pile of hay.

Last year (or the year before that?) Seattle Corporate Pride oddly rebranded the Pride Picnic to “VOLUNTEER PARK PRIDE FESTIVAL” which frankly just confused everyone since it was mostly just a name change but still featured the mostly bland elements of the Pride Picnic. Plus they did nothing to market or publicize the change since Seattle Pride has pretty much stopped bothering to reach out to local LGBTQ media (including SGS, Seattle Gay News and The Seattle Lesbian) since Northwest Polite Society’s Chuck Zimmerman took over the reins at Seattle Pride a few years ago. Since local indie queer media can’t afford to pony up big bucks for sponsorship, Seattle Pride has switched their media allegiances to KIRO TV, various radio stations and Encore/City Arts who can afford to spend money…or, in the case of Encore/City Arts it was the employer of Northwest Polite Society owner/Seattle Pride sponsorship kingpin Chuck Zimmerman’s husband Marty Griswold, the then associate publisher at City Arts who has since moved on to be publisher of Seattle Met Magazine. Which is odd since while most of these companies can command much larger reader/viewerships than any LGBTQ only media outlet in town, they are also very unlikely to promote “Volunteer Park Pride Festival” too much on the evening news or during prime time on the radio. I don’t see Steve Raible doing many reports on “DonnaTella Howe named Pride Parade announcer!” or local shock jocks urging their 98% straight listeners to check out the Gay Men’s Chorus singing in Volunteer Park. Yet, Pride shut out the only media outlets who actually have any interest in promoting those announcements…

Dumb.

I digress. This post is supposed to be about Seattle Pride announcing today the line-up for this year’s Pride Picnic, er, I mean “Volunteer Park Pride Festival” happening on Saturday, June 10th from Noon to 7 pm. I’m copying and pasting the info released from the FB invite because Seattle Corporate Pride failed to send out a press release about the announcement…

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SIFF 43 To Honor Legendary Anjelica Huston On June 7th At The Egyptian

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The Seattle International Film Festival will honor third generation Hollywood royalty when they honor ANJELICA HUSTON with a career achievement award at the world premiere screening of her latest film, TROUBLE, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Capitol Hill during the upcoming 43rd festival which opens May 18th. Tickets for the tribute and screening are available HERE.

SIFF will also screen two of Ms Huston’s best loved films THE GRIFTERS and THE WITCHES over that week. Frankly, we’re a tad disappointed we’re not getting MORE Anjelica..bring on both Addams Family films! The Wes Anderson films she’s appeared in!

MORE HUSTON!!!

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Seattle PrideFest Announces Headliners For 2017: Mary Lambert, Joey Arias, Ultra Naté, DJ Sammy Jo

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Some of the headliners for Seattle PrideFest at Seattle Center on Sunday, June 25, 2017: clockwise, from top left: singer Mary Lambert, singer Joey Arias, DJ Sammy Jo, singer Ultra

Some of the headliners for Seattle PrideFest at Seattle Center on Sunday, June 25, 2017: clockwise, from top left: singer Mary Lambert, singer Joey Arias, DJ Sammy Jo, singer Ultra Naté

The first wave of announcements for the entertainment line-up for the 2017 Seattle PrideFest celebration at Seattle Center after the Seattle Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25, 2017 were released at 6pm last night. The major names included in the first wave of announcements (there will be more names released) include popular singer/songwriter MARY LAMBERT, best known for her hit with Macklemore/Lewis “Same Love” the Grammy Award nominated marriage equality anthem that made the trio of Seattle music artists beloved to millions of LGBTQ fans around the world.

Joining Ms Lambert: beloved chanteuse JOEY ARIAS, musician/comedian DEVEN GREEN (aka “Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian”), rapper DAI BURGER, singer ULTRA NATé and DJ  SAMMY JO (known for touring with Scissor Sisters).

More on the announced performers:

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“Dining Out For Life” Returns To Seattle/Sound Sound on Thursday, April 27th!

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It’s the end of April so it’s time to go out to eat!

To support vital non-profits who aid in the fight to end AIDS/HIV and to help those who fight the disease on a daily basis…yes, it’s time for DINING OUT FOR LIFE, the national fundraiser which raises funds for these non-profits with the assistance of participating restaurants, taverns and eateries who donate a portion of their proceeds to area AIDS/HIV support organizations.

This year, DINING OUT FOR LIFE is happening in most locales, including Seattle and the Sound Puget Sound metro area of Tacoma and Olympia, on Thursday, April 27, 2017. Sound Sound folks wishing to participate can go HERE for a full line-up of restaurants involved. For Seattle area residents, here’s the press release from Lifelong with a list and a link of Seattle area venues:

Get Ready to Eat Your Generous Heart Out at Dining Out For Life on Thursday, April 27!

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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.

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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!

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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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