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Nooner: Yummy Lee Pace On Being Out, Hurricanes & Rumors…

by Wednesday at 4:56 pm

We’ve loved dreamy actor Lee Pace for EONS! Obviously for his adorable and prematurely canceled cult television series PUSHING DAISIES but also for his moody and debonair role in Tarsem Singh’s film THE FALL (another cult favorite!)

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Do You Need Sperm? Family Building Clinic Can Help

by Wednesday at 2:03 pm

Well?

Do you?

Alternate heading: “Everything You Need To Know About Donor Sperm But Were Afraid To Ask”

Sperm, sperm, sperm…it causes lots of problems if mishandled but it is, of course, a building block to creation so there is a pressing need for it…especially if you don’t have any on hand.

Family Equality, the non-profit organization with a “mission to advance legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change” understands that for some couples (mostly female/female), sperm can be tough to come by. To that end, they’re hosting a clinic next Tuesday, August 20th at Gay City’s Calamus Auditorium to answer all your questions about:

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Troubled Seattle Resident Arrested For Capital One Bank Hack

by Tuesday at 4:56 pm

Paige Thompson was arrested Monday, July 29 on charges of computer fraud and theft of information from Capital One Financial Services. Her photo via Facebook.

Paige Thompson was arrested Monday, July 29 on charges of computer fraud and theft of information from Capital One Financial Services. Her photo via Facebook.

Thompson allegedly broke into their servers between March and July of this year. Authorities were alerted to the crime by tips that Thompson was openly discussing the crime on social media including on a site called GitHub where a “white hat hacker” reported Thompson to Capital One on July 17th.

Thompson has a long history of discussing personal issues on social media with many posts suggesting a struggle with mental illness including suicidal threats and expressing a desire to be deported to Denmark to undergo legal euthanasia.

On July 12th she posted this message on Twitter posting under the name “Erratic”:

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For Dem Debate Watchers: Both Lumber Yard and Queer Bar Will Be Screening

by Tuesday at 2:00 pm

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Just like June’s Democratic presidential candidate debates, tonight (July 30) and tomorrow’s debates will be eagerly watched by millions of Americans to see which of the 20 candidates do well…and who needs to drop out. The debates are also happening in the state that the Democrats lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Michigan and demonstrates that the Dems do not want to repeat that error for 2020. Major swings states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be major battlegrounds in the next year.

Tonight’s line-up will feature both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, two of the front runners with the strongest appeal for social democratic voters leaning farther left plus Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the out gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana who has also emerged, surprisingly, as a major candidate and fundraiser.

For the remaining candidates, it’s their opportunity to shine and gain badly needed traction in the race, especially for Beto O’Rourke, who at one time seemed to be a major player but has had a disappointing summer when it comes to gaining new supporters and badly needed campaign funds. It’s also Senator Amy Klobuchar’s last chance to move up; the Minnesotan senator hasn’t moved from her middle position in the polls. Both need to perform strongly to have any chance to continue into the fall.

For the remaining five candidates for tonight’s debate it’s an even bigger hurdle…to move up from bottom of the rankings to a place where they can legitimately continue their campaigns. It’s “do or die” for Tim Ryan, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney, Steve Bullock and the new age spiritualist/author Marianne Williamson.

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Mark Those Calendars For Scott Shoemaker’s New Show: “Probed”!!!!

by Thursday at 1:13 pm

Scott Shoemaker has an itch that needs...PROBED! Photo credit Bronwen Houck

Scott Shoemaker has an itch that needs…PROBED! Photo credit Bronwen Houck

Sounds invasive…

We’re used to Seattle actor worming his way into our hearts and minds with his hilarious performances in a huge variety of Seattle area shows over the years, most of them of the fringe/off off off Broadway persuasion. While Mr. Shoemaker is fully capable of doing Shakespeare in the Park and Chekhov and we’d kill to see his Blanche Devereaux  in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, you have a lot more creativity options and fun in crazy fringe world. We have all seen him do everything from Prince in “Purple Rain” to stealing the show in various drag/burlesque shows and his own award winning turn as Ms Pak-Man in a series of cabaret shows he has done all over the place the last few years (note to producers in other cities: book his Ms Pak-Man show!!!) and now Mr. Shoemaker and his significant other in life/creativity Freddy Molitch have created a brand new show called…

PROBED!

They’re billing it as a ” A paranormal cabaret” and for once, it appears Scott will NOT be in drag for this show but since we know they’re doing video pieces for it, who knows how many characters he’ll end up playing? He has a lot of voices in his head…

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Useful Tips! How To Clean Your Po Po (aka “Butt Cleaning 101”)

by Monday at 3:39 pm

VERY frequently we see young (and not so young) gay men ask the very vital question:

HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOURSELF FOR ANAL SEX?

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How do you clean your butt thoroughly enough to prevent “poo poo” emerging to put a damper on the evening’s (or afternoon’s  or morning’s) love making?

It’s not a very pleasant thing to think about but proper hygiene IS important and frankly the neophyte should be learning this valuable information HERE in the safety of an avuncular website teaching “Butt Cleaning 101” rather than picking it up “off the streets” so to speak.

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Saturday Is PACKED With Events Including CHBP & LatinX Pride!

by Saturday at 2:30 pm

The weather is just perfect and there are so many things to go do today, Saturday, July 20th…including Capitol Hill Block Party and LatinX Pride and Kitsap Pride and OutWest’s Closing Weekend and….LIZZO!!!!

 

You haven’t made it through the wilderness until you’ve spent a night in the wild with Verotica. This summer, join us under the stars and in the woods as we host our first ever Summer Camp… we might even teach you how to start a fire. While at camp, you’ll spend two days dancing your […]

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Mueller Report Live

July 19 @ 8:00 pm – July 20 @ 10:00 pm
Town Hall Seattle1119 8th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
Mueller Report Live

A marathon reading of the Mueller Report in its entirety (including redactions). For 24 hours, members of the community will read the Special Counsel’s report verbatim. Friday July 19th through Saturday July 20th, 8:00PM to 8:00PM. Party to follow Saturday evening.

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Fantasy Fridays – Neighbours

July 19 @ 9:00 pm – July 20 @ 4:00 am

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Charlette vs Egan: Round 327

by Saturday at 1:54 pm

Charlette LeFevre, left is feuding with Egan Orion, right....AGAIN. Photos via Facebook.

Charlette LeFevre, left is feuding with Egan Orion, right….AGAIN. Photos via Facebook.

Oh, my….it’s the feud that just keeps on giving us joy. It’s so delicious, TV producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story/Glee) needs to option it for “Feud 2: Charlette LeFevre vs Egan Orion”. I mean, even their names are made for a crazy TV melodrama. 

For those of you unaware, Charlette LeFevre is the co-founder/head of the Capitol Hill Pride group who produced the annual Capitol Hill Pride/Broadway street fair event on Pride Saturday for many years until it ran afoul of the city and lost permission to stage their event which was then taken over by Egan Orion’s PrideFest/One Degree Events team who put on the big Sunday PrideFest event at Seattle Center and the then much smaller Family Pride event at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill on Pride Saturday. The two groups had had a simmering rivalry for many years with Capitol Hill Pride not pleased that PrideFest was setting up camp on the edges of their event.

(Note: read more about our coverage of this long running feud, over HERE!)

The rivalry got more heated in 2017 when Capitol Hill Pride announced early in the year that they were producing Seattle’s version of the Washington D.C. LGBTQ Pride March followed by Orion announcing HE was also producing a similar march and it all got quite nasty when LeFevre’s group moved their Pride Festival to a new day earlier in the month of June to coincide with the march, which led to confusion and the city getting involved and then the city getting annoyed and eventually LeFevre’s group lost the right to produce the big Saturday Pride street event on Broadway (when they tried to move it back to the original day…yes, it’s confusing!) and Orion’s group took over at the last minute and has produced the event every year since then. LeFevre’s team rebounded with a smaller event in 2018 and 2019 that took place at Seattle Central College’s outdoor plaza just down the street (Broadway) from the big event they had originally created.

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Capitol Hill Housing Announces New Plans For Senior LGBTQ Housing on Broadway

by Tuesday at 4:48 pm

Capitol Hill Housing plans to build LGBTQ senior housing at their 1514 Broadway site on Capitol Hill immediately north of the gay nightclub, Neighbours. Photo via Google maps

Capitol Hill Housing plans to build LGBTQ senior housing at their 1514 Broadway site on Capitol Hill immediately north of the gay nightclub, Neighbours. Photo via Google maps

It looks like this all happened awhile ago (June 18th) but it’s just getting a release today. Seattle’s Capitol Hill Housing group announced new plans for their LGBTQ senior housing project project that has been in the works for several years. You might remember our story on the last version of the project from September of 2017 when CHH announced plans to build a senior LGBTQ building at 14th and Union. That project fell apart but CHH has continued to seek out a new location to fulfill that dream. 

In the last few months, an ideal new spot presented itself; a property owned by Seattle Central College adjacent to Neighbours Night Club on Broadway between Pike and Pine was swapped for Capitol Hill Housing’s plot located up the street between Seattle Central’s main campus and the new light rail station. It was a move beneficial to both parties with Seattle Central gaining land that immediately bordered its existing holdings and CHH gaining a prime location closer to the heart of LGBTQ Capitol Hill.

Last month, Capitol Hill Housing found a non-profit tenant to anchor the new housing unit: Generations Aging With Pride aka GenPRIDE a non-profit providing programs and services to older LGBTQ adults will be headquartered there and provide programs that will serve not only the residents living in the 90+ units onsite but the community as a whole.

Pending funding from the city’s Office of Housing, the project is scheduled to break ground in December of 2020.

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Seattle LGBTQ Pride 2019: The Sunday Edition

by Sunday at 8:25 am

HAPPY PRIDE SEATTLE!!!

HERE’S ALL THE GREAT EVENTS TO DO FOR PRIDE SUNDAY!!!

HAVE FUN, STAY HYDRATED, WEAR SUNSCREEN!!!

TAKE A MOMENT (OR 20) TO THINK ABOUT OUR 50 YEARS OF PROGRESS IN THE FIGHT FOR EQUALITY!

 

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Stonewall at 50 History Lesson: The Power of the Magic Brick and The Power of People

by Friday at 2:04 pm

The top photo by Joseph Ambrosini of the Daily News is the ONLY known photo from the first night of the riots. The bottom photo is from a famous series of photos taken by Fred McDarrah. Both photos really indicate that the Stonewall Rioters were very young street kids. (not surprisingly....the young are more likely to riot than the middle aged...)

The top photo by Joseph Ambrosini of the Daily News is the ONLY known photo from the first night of the riots. The bottom photo is from a famous series of photos taken by Fred McDarrah on the second night. Both photos really indicate that the majority of Stonewall Rioters were very young street kids. (not surprisingly….the young are more likely to riot than the middle aged…) You should also note that some of the male presenting people in these photos were probably identified as “queens” at the time. It was illegal and very dangerous to dress as “gender non-conforming” in 1969.

Can we just stop with the whole fake “Stonewall Magic Brick” thing? Or, using it as part of the urban legendary narrative of Stonewall that tends to feature a dramatically back lit Marsha P. Johnson (or Sylvia Rivera or some white boy from Indiana in that terrible movie…) taking a very pregnant pause as the crowd silently holds their breath in fear and anticipation and awe as they (Marsha/Sylvia/Pretty But Bland Actor Boy Who Was Actually British) lobbed “The One True Brick” (that they carried with them at all times), through the mirror behind the bar/a plate glass window to officially start the Riot which led to our Freedom!

Except, that didn’t happen. There was no carefully choreographed “magic moment”. A brick didn’t initiate a riot. You have to LEAD up to a brick!

(Also…how did Marsha get that brick in her purse? Gurl…bricks are HEAVY!)

Let’s talk about the early morning hours of June 28, 1969. Some backstory:

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We Need To Commit To A Plastic/Garbage Free Pride

by Monday at 3:07 pm

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THIS is one of our pet bugaboos…the huge amount of waste generated at big community events like Pride.

The awesome group OUT FOR SUSTAINABILITY is on the same page and they’re encouraging us to celebrate a PLASTIC FREE PRIDE by making a commitment to keeping our Pride events environmentally sound. 

AND, it takes all of us to make this happen…as individuals but also as being part of groups who produce Pride events .

It’s simple stuff like not buying plastic bottles of water (use multi-use bottles and canteens and refill). And, companies/groups need to quit handing out so much material that just gets thrown away, like paper/cardboard handouts and plastic beads. Event producers need to provide running water and to arrange for recycling bins at their events.

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Support “Theater of Terror: Revenge of the Queers” A New Anthology Of Queer Horror Comics

by Friday at 3:33 pm

Art: Robyn Adams

Art: Robyn Adams

Oh, this is so up our alley of horror.

It’s a Kickstarter Campaign we j’adore and it’s for the publication of a new comic book called THEATER OF TERROR: REVENGE OF THE QUEERS by Seattle’s own Northwest Press, the queer comic book/graphic novel publishers owned by Zan Christensen. He’s teaming up with editors Justin Hall and William O. Tyler and San Francisco drag legend/horror buff/actual horror film director PEACHES CHRIST to create a massive anthology of queer horror comics containing over 250 pages from 33 LGBTQ artists including names like Ed Luce, Howard Cruse and cover illustrator Phil Jimenez. 

If you love those classic EC horror comics from the 1950s and subsequent film and TV adaptations like Creepshow and Tales From The Crypt you’ll definitely want to help the $20,000 needed to publish the anthology. It’s an LGBTQ horror lover’s dream to have these stories told through a queer lens with these fantastic artists involved.

Also: this needs funded so we can all have a copy!

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Free Comic Book Day Is Saturday!

by Friday at 3:30 pm

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Geez…everything is this weekend.

The Kentucky Derby and “May the 4th Be With You” and Cinco de Mayo and….

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!!!!!

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

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“First Wives Fight Club” Shows Cancelled For Seattle/Portland/Canada Due To Low Sales

by Friday at 2:32 pm

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Sadly, local producers Qurb Live/Magazine have pulled the plug on the upcoming production of the next Peaches Christ show, THE FIRST WIVES FIGHT CLUB which had been scheduled for several shows in Canada as well as their usual stops at Seattle’s Egyptian Theatre on April 18th and Portland’s Aladdin Theatre on April 16th. Low ticket sales for those shows are apparently the cause; the original San Francisco and Los Angeles performances produced by Peaches herself will go on. 

The Peaches Christ shows produced locally by Qurb have traditionally been very popular in Seattle and Portland. Parodies of popular films, the shows all star Peaches Christ (who writes/co-writes all the shows) and feature top name drag stars, usually alumni from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in the main roles. Bob the Drag Queen, Bianca Del Rio, Kim Chi, Willam and local stars BenDeLaCreme and Jinkx Monsoon have all headlined shows in the past.

“First Wives Fight Club” may have been a tougher sale due to the fact it was a mash-up of two separate films that may not have had as much appeal as other productions that were parodies of more popular/better known to younger audiences films like “Mean Girls”. There’s also the question if this show’s headliners had the necessary star wattage to sell tickets. All three have numerous fans, but Ginger Minj and Raja (who won “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in Season 3 so…8 years ago) can’t exactly be called A list names and the third star of this production was Brook Lynn Hytes, who is on the currently airing Season 11 of RPDR and really hasn’t earned a huge fan base.  The old adage is, you need a hot title or hot stars to sell a show and this production suffered from a lack of both as well as a lack of a marketing plan to get fans to buy tickets.

This might also raise the question: are audiences getting burnt out by the quantity of big national drag shows that come through town? Has the big drag show peaked? Are too many “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars vying for the same audiences? Or, can only A+ names (Bianca, Katya, Alaska, Trixie, Bob) guarantee a success?

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Netflix Releases Drop Date (June 7th) and Trailer For “Maupin’s Tales of the City”

by Wednesday at 4:04 pm

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FINALLY, we have a debut date for Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City the long awaited television return to the beloved characters created by San Francisco writer Maupin in his 9 volume “Tales” series that originally began as newspaper serial in the 1970s. Three television series were broadcast in the 1990s but this is the first adaptation of the material since then.

Netflix has released new images and a teary trailer for the new series which will consist of 10 episodes and they will drop just in time for Pride Month….Friday, June 7th. 

 Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City stars returning actors Laura Linney (Mary Anne Singleton), Olympia Dukakis (Anna Madrgial), Barbara Garrick (DeDe Halcyon Day) and Paul Gross (Brian Hawkins) from the first series that aired on PBS in 1993 and was produced by Britain’s Channel 4. That 6 episode series garnered huge ratings for PBS but protests over public funding of a show featuring gay content led to PBS reluctantly backing out of producing further installments. Channel 4 went on to partner with cable channel Showtime to do two more series, both produced in Canada. 

Also starring former “Looking” actor Murray Bartlett as Michael “Mouse” Tolliver (the third actor to play the role) and Ellen Page as Shawna, the adopted daughter of Mary Anne and Brian. And, RuPaul’s Drag Race star Bob the Drag Queen will also play a character named “Ida Best”.

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At Least 3 LGBTQ Candidates Vie For City Council Seats: Peguero, Jaxx and Orion

by Friday at 7:06 pm

Left to right: Asukaa Jaxx (credit unknown), Egan Orion (photo: Alex Garland) and Christopher Peguero (Photo via Facebook)

Left to right: Asukaa Jaxx (credit unknown), Egan Orion (photo: Alex Garland) and Christopher Peguero (Photo via Facebook)

It’s considered an “off” year for elections on the national level but many cities, counties and states have local elections in the odd numbered years between even numbered federal election years and that’s certainly true in Seattle as 7 out of 9 seats on the City Council are up for election this year.

To make matters more interesting, four of the 7 seats up for grabs will be open seats. District 2’s Bruce Harrell, District 4’s Rob Johnson, District 6’s Mike O’Brien and District 7’s Sally Bagshaw have all announced they will not be running for re-election. District 1’s Lisa Herbold, District 3’s Kshama Sawant (which includes Capitol Hill, the traditional LGBTQ neighborhood in Seattle) and District 5’s Debora Juarez have all announced they will seek another term this year.

Already, over 3 dozen names have declared themselves to be running for those seats, including at least 3 members of the LGBTQ community that we’re aware of.

For the open District 2 seat being vacated by council president Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Light employee Christopher Peguero is facing six other candidates to represent south/southeast Seattle including Beacon Hill, Columbia City, Georgetown and Rainier Beach. It’s an area that’s not only ethnically the most diverse in Seattle, but also one of the most traditionally blue collar. 

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Seattle Pride Releases Names of Announcers for 2019 Parade

by Friday at 5:02 pm

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At Wednesday night’s sparsely attended community meeting (Where were y’all?) for Seattle Out & Proud to discuss how their 2018 events went (“Swell!) they also released a teeny, tiny bit of information on plans for Seattle Pride 2019. 

Held at Swedish Hospital’s Glaser Auditorium, the meeting featured the entire board of SO&P but primarily featured president Kevin Toovey and vice-president Jeff Cornejo leading the evening’s discussion which mostly focused on outlining the success of last year’s events including SO&P’s biggest annual event, the Seattle Pride Parade which featured over 225 groups and 60, 000 people registered to march.

Other successes including lowering the cost of non-profit registration fees and the sponsorship program which paired up corporate for profit groups with non-profits and created unique partnership opportunities. 

Here is the obligatory moment to post that Seattle Out & Proud is responsible for the production of our city’s annual parade (and some other events like the Volunteer Park Pride event formerly known as the Pride Picnic) while the big Pride Saturday festival on Capitol Hill and the Pride Sunday festival at Seattle Center after the parade are produced by an entirely different/separate group (Seattle PrideFest) largely due to the fact Seattle is very dysfunctional…

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White Center To Get A New LGBTQ Bar: “The Swallow”

by Friday at 4:00 pm

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The Swallow is set to become White Center’s latest LGBTQ bar sometime this year. Photo: via Instagram

 

And, it’s official: the gentrification of oddball Seattle suburb, White Center is officially underway with the news that it’s about to get its SECOND LGBTQ night club. Michale Farrar and Nathan Adams opened The Lumber Yard Bar, 9619 16th Ave SW,  in January of 2018 and has subsequently established itself as a popular meeting place for LGBTQ patrons on the Southwest side of Seattle and the King County area between Sea-Tac and the city. 

But, The Lumber Yard is about to be joined by a second LGBTQ venue. Recent social media posts and scuttlebutt have indicated that former Pony Bar co-creator Marcus Wilson is opening a new venue called THE SWALLOW at 9608 16th Avenue SW in a space previously occupied by a bar called “Company Store” which recently closed.

And, searching the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board new applications list for King County turns up a March 5th request from a business named “Salty Sailors” for a “Nightclub” license at that address with Wilson and two other men, Barry Smith and Thai Tran listed as applicants.

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Our Latest Lady, Melania Trump Is Comin’ to Town: Be Best!

by Thursday at 3:55 pm

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OK, my little Scooby Doos and Nancy Drews….WHERE is Melania going to visit this Monday on her first visit to Seattle?

We’re guessing it’s not Amazon.

KOMO TV (and others) have the poo that First Lady Melania Trump will be making her FIRST out of town official trip (after two years of being the first lady…) this Monday and Tuesday (March 4th and 5th) visiting Oklahoma and Washington State on Monday then Las Vegas on Tuesday. It’s all part of her First Lady project, in Melania’s case it’s her vague BE BEST! initiative to fight cyber bullying.

Because she is the most bullied person….EVUH.

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