CHS Pics | From gray to rainbows with Capitol Hill 2018 Pride celebrations

Gray skies gave way to a sunny Broadway celebration of Pride this year. Appropriately themed Rain to Rainbows, PrideFest drew a large crowd of glitter and rainbows-adorned LGBTQ+ Seattleites and their allies to Broadway and Cal Anderson.

PrideFest Capitol Hill again turned Broadway from John to Roy into a party street. Hosted by local teen drag queen Rainbow Gore Cake, its main stage featured a variety of DJs, live performances, and special drag guests. An all-day karaoke stage drew performers across a variety of genres, drumlines and street performers wowed crowds, and the cast of Julia’s on Broadway put on a spectacular drag show. Continue reading

Trans Pride Seattle shares its stage with immigrant rights to start off 2018 Pride weekend on Capitol Hill

With reporting and photography by Alex Garland

Trans Pride, the feistiest of Seattle’s annual Pride celebrations, also proved to be the most inclusive Friday night, making space for the fight for rights for trans and gender non-conforming people and the cause of ending the separation of immigrant families at the southern border.

Graciela Nunez Pargas of the Washington State Immigrant Solidarity Network was invited by Trans Pride organizer the Gender Justice League to speak about the effort to reunify families.

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Here’s everything happening on Capitol Hill for Pride weekend 2018

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With more street parties and the return of the neighborhood’s annual events, the gayborhood is busier than ever this Pride. Here is everything happening on Capitol Hill for Pride 2018.

With so many new parties joining Pride weekend classics at the Cuff and the Wildrose, they City of Seattle decided to produce a map for 2018 showing all the street closures: Continue reading

Pride in your work(s of art) — Capitol Hill’s Queer Art Walk tonight

Not everything made the map — check out Surreal Soirée!, free at Fred Wildlife Refuge (Image: @cybeles_spells)

With the celebration of Capitol Hill’s “only holiday” in full swing, Thursday night brings a special “Queer” edition of the neighborhood’s monthly art walk. A map of the special events, shows, and performances is below. Continue reading

Here’s why there are no Pride banners on Broadway

The 2018 Dyke March will bring plenty of rainbows to Broadway

Nobody seemed to notice when the snowflakes didn’t go up around Christmas. But a few readers have asked CHS to check in on a symbol of Pride missing from the Broadway streetscape again this year. There are no Pride banners on the street’s utility poles.

A representative for the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce tells CHS that the nonprofit’s banner program had to be discontinued last year “due to increased costs associated with installation.” Continue reading

CHS Pics | Celebrating Capitol Hill’s ‘only holiday’ at the Volunteer Park Pride Festival

Was supposed to rain but didn’t” is pretty much the way Pride celebrations roll every June in Seattle. Saturday, around 12,000 people enjoyed the sun breaks at the annual Volunteer Park Pride Festival.

The event has morphed from a family picnic into a day of information and action — there were more than 100 booths this year — and music.

“Earlier today we were standing in the drink line and my bandmate Eric said, ‘This is the only holiday I give a fuck about,’ and I thought that’s a good point,” Lelah Maupin of Tacocat, this year’s “secret” act at the festival. “It’s celebrating love and positivity, you can low key guarantee anyone you run into is a good person. It’s a higher concentration of people more like me.”

Ryan Williams, an Amazon employee found at the festival’s “Glamazon” booth, said “the sense of community, the tight knit atmosphere and inclusiveness” is the big draw at the Volunteer Park gathering. Continue reading

Here’s why this weird little Capitol Hill park is hosting a weekly summer DJ set

PlayThey: Top row (left to right): Jasper Fox, Brian is Ze, Jazz Goldman
Bottom Row: Kara Phoebe, Neve Be, Joy Ma
Not pictured: Christian Radler

A triangular park in front of one of the most unique office buildings in the world isn’t your typical venue for summer DJ dancing. THiRST, a weekly all-ages party, is putting the unassuming McGilvra Place Park along E Madison at 15th into motion every Friday through summer.

‘THiRST is a queer/femme DJ event. I started off go-go dancing in the gay scene being kind of like the ‘hot oddity,’ in the room,” Kara Phoebe says.

After working in many different entertainment industries and watching friends barred from different venues and areas for being “too intersectional,” Phoebe was inspired to start a collective of seven queer artists with the goal of being as accessible as possible. Continue reading

CHS Pics | Butts and trash make way for glitter and rainbows as month of Capitol Hill Pride events begins with clean-up

Sunday kicked off a month of Pride events on Capitol Hill with a clean-up of Cal Anderson Park and nearby sidewalks and streets. Volunteers and the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce sported gloves and this year’s Clean Sweep “Cap Hill” shirts as they collected cigarette butts and other assorted trash from Broadway and Pike/Pine. It’s time to make room for the glitter.

June brings a steady flow of the events that have grown into traditions on Capitol Hill in recent years — and a few new ones. A full slate of Capitol Hill Pride events is below. Continue reading

Organizers face down challenges to raise money for 2018 Seattle Trans Pride

Just after Seattle’s new symbol of trans-inclusion, the Pride flag re-design, launched, the future of the annual Trans Pride on Capitol Hill looks strong.

Organizers Trans Pride Seattle and Gender Justice League have been fundraising against the clock to meet the costs required to host this year’s event and have smashed through the $20,000 goal. The fiercely independent group has, again, done it by depending on mostly small, individual donations. Continue reading

With Seattle City Hall flag raising, new stripes for Pride in 2018

Celebrating six years of raising the Pride flag over Seattle’s City Hall, the Seattle LGBTQ Commission, in partnership with SEqual Seattle, and Mayor Jenny Durkan unveiled a new Pride flag Friday featuring five additional colors.

As the conversation of gender spectrum and people of color grows in prominence within the LGBTQ/queer community, the Seattle LGBT Commission aimed at representing all aspects of the community in one, increasingly inclusive flag.

The event organizers explain the inspiration behind the updated flag: Continue reading