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Seattle Counseling Service Drops A Bombshell…They Are Closing Up After 53 Years Of Service To The Community

by Thursday at 4:31 pm

In a devastating piece of news for Seattle’s LGBTQ+ community, SEATTLE COUNSELING SERVICE announced earlier this week via its website that the oldest LGBTQ organization will shut its doors after 53 years of service.

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Seattle Gets A New LGBTQ Bar/Club In SoDo: The Comeback…Is It RPlace 2?

by Saturday at 1:22 pm

August is traditionally a slow news month and other than the ongoing tragic disaster in Afghanistan, the other big news of late has been endlessly annoying discussions over who is hosting a nearly 60 year old TV gameshow mostly watched by people over the age of 60.

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Barbie’s Gay Pal Ken Turns 60!

by Thursday at 5:45 pm

Oh, c’mon! You don’t really believe Ken is straight, do you? I mean, he’s always described as Barbie’s “friend” and “pal”. They have less sexual chemistry than Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Titanic: The Motion Picture!!! (Or, for that matter, any photo of Leo with any of his supermodel girlfriends….) And, Ken is far more interested in clothes, cocktails, and Madonna’s Greatest Hits than he is in Barbie or any of her various careers or personas.

Also: THIS phase in his life:

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A Tribute To A Patriarch For LGBTQ Equality In Seattle, Charlie Brydon

by Friday at 6:18 pm

One of the pioneering fighters for LGBTQ equality in Seattle passed away on February 9th, 2021. Charlie Brydon, 81, was a local business leader with his own insurance agency who gathered together other local gay and lesbian business people and community leaders to create The Dorian Group, which sought to fight for LGBT equal rights and to educate the community about the LGBT community at a time where gay people were largely vilified and shunned.

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LGBTQ Books To Snag For The Holidays

by Friday at 9:55 pm

Looking for books to either read for yourself or to give as gifts? Look no further! Here’s a few suggestions for LGBTQ+ books that have come out in in the last few months that make for great gifts for someone special in your life…and, remember what gay icon John Waters has to say about hooking up with someone and you go to their place for the first time and you look around and notice they don’t seem to own any books….

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Mike Curato’s “Flamer” Is A Charming Gay Coming Of Age Graphic Novel

by Monday at 4:32 pm

We are THILLED when we see former Seattleites do well themselves, especially ones we know, and we’re tickled pink to see the success of illustrator/writer MIKE CURATO who left town several years to pursue his dreams of creating beautiful books...after years of entertaining folks with his live performance skills on area stages like Sylvia O’Stayformore’s Bacon Strip.

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Trump, Corporate Media, SPD Spread Lies About Seattle’s Protests & CHAZ

by Thursday at 6:10 pm

Dear Outside World Who Have Mostly Ignored Us for the last two weeks:

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Got Plans For New Year’s Eve? Here Are Your Options In LGBTQ Seattle!

by Saturday at 2:05 pm

In case you’ve been a lazy slug about making plans for New Year’s Eve fun, we’re gonna give you every option we can find for LGBTQ/allied Seattle that we could find…after all, it’s the least we could do to help you welcome in the start of the Roaring 2020s!!

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Oh, My Dog! Upscale Fashions For Your Fido

by Monday at 9:22 am

Well, just what we need…gift suggestions for the beloved little bow wows in our lives!

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New Year’s Eve With Guy Branum!

by Thursday at 3:44 pm

Resolutions we can commit to!

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Call For Writers For New Book From Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

by Monday at 4:22 pm

Seattle based writer/editor/provocateur Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore has issued a Call for Writers for a new non-fiction book that is in the works. The multi-hyphenate is still busy promoting her last novel SKETCHTASY but also working on a new novel AND now seeking contributions for the next big non-fiction book in the pipeline, Between Certain Death and a Possible Future: Queer Writing on Growing up with the AIDS Crisis.

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“Frankissstein” and the”Call Me By Your Name” Sequel Are October’s Big Queer Books

by Saturday at 7:39 pm

Since it’s now Fall and the leaves are changing and we’re starting to feel like getting cozy in the comfort of our own couches then it’s also the time to start finding new books to curl up with in October.

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Madonna Wows NYC; Starts “Madame X” Tour Nationally

by Friday at 2:49 pm

Something for all you hardcore Madonna fans out there….the former Material Girl turned Madame X has been wowing NYC audiences for the past few weeks with the start of her new “intimate” tour supporting her Madame X album. The Lady M is playing smaller venues to give her fans a more “one on one” experience as opposed to the usual tour taking in huge impersonal arenas.

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Walk to Get To Zero: Seattle AIDS Walk/Run Is Saturday

by Wednesday at 4:03 pm

Calendar mark….it’s not too late to be a part of the 2019 Seattle AIDS Walk and Run to benefit Lifelong….it’s happening this Saturday, September 28th on Capitol Hill/Volunteer Park. You can walk/run and/or donate money to a 33 year old community event that has helped people with HIV/AIDS by providing them life giving services as well as providing funding for research for treatment and a cure.

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Just Announced: Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Heading To Seattle in October

by Friday at 3:38 pm

Hillary Clinton seems to LURVE Seattle…she visits us quite a lot including an appearance earlier this year with husband former President Bill Clinton.

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We Love John Waters Day

by Thursday at 6:28 pm

It’s unofficially “We Love John Waters Day” at Seattle Gay Scene!

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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


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


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…


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 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

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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


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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