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On the List — Capitol Hill Pride 2019 | PrideFest on Broadway, Doggy Drag Show, Wildrose+Queer/Bar+Union street parties, Democratic candidate debates

PrideFest Capitol Hill will again fill Broadway and Cal Anderson Park with Pride revelers (Image: CHS)

Doggy Drag Show

Pride weekend is upon us, and if you need help picking parties, marches, rallies or events, we’ve got some ideas. Among them: A DonnaTella Howe-hosted pinball party/contest Pride No-Pants Pinball at Raygun Lounge (proceeds go to Lambert House, a local community center for LGBTQ+ youth), Linda’s Tavern 5th annual Pride drag show (fueled by frozen drinks), free Stonewall Riot-inspired dance performances, films and processions by artist Fox Whitney in/near Velocity and on the Hill, and much more. Find it on the list below, plus on the CHS Capitol Hill Pride Calendar and CHS Calendar.

WEDNESDAY, June 26 – THURSDAY, June 27: Though it feels like the 2020 Presidential campaign began a long time ago, its official kick off is marked by the first Democratic candidate debates this Wednesday and Thursday. As CNN put it: “It’s the moment that Democrats have been anticipating since the tearful trauma of Election Night 2016 — when their campaign to make Donald Trump a one-term President really begins.” Cheer, boo and drink your Trump trauma away at watch parties on the Hill at Hula Hula ($4 off Pina Coladas & Berry Daiquiris during the debate), Capitol Cider, Queer/Bar, Life on Mars and The Pine Box. Various locations, 6 PM 

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THURSDAY, June 27: On the eve of the Trans Pride and ahead of Saturday’s PrideFest Capitol Hill and Dyke March, warm up to the festivities with no less than three comedy shows. At Annex Theater, join trans/nonbinary comedians at the Gender is a Joke fundraiser for the Gender Alliance of the South Sound Name Aid Fund. We Are Family – A Queer Comedy Show featuring Val Nigro, Paul Curry and others at Club Comedy benefits The GSBA Scholarship Fund. Local comedians Bobby Higley and Woody Shticks will open for Caitlin Weierhauser, Sabrina Jalees, Patti Harrison, and Matteo Lane at Stand Up for Pride: Seattle at SIFF Cinema Egyptian. $1 from every ticket sold will benefit Seattle Pridefest. For those hoping to double up on the laughs: Stand Up for Pride’s second, late show starts at 9 PM. Annex Theatre, 7.30 PM, Club Comedy, 7.30 and Egyptian Theater, 6.30 and 9 PM

Seattle’s home to premier acting and filmmaking talent, and a great way to support this talent is by showing up to events like Cuddle: The Series – Official Launch Party at Northwest Film Forum. This comedic, woman-led short-form series was made in Seattle and tells the story of an actress debuting a  new, “slightly dubious healing practice: cuddle therapy.” Northwest Film Forum, 8 PM 

FRIDAY, June 28: With recent Proud Boys sightings, more anti-LGBTQ crimes and recent anti-LGBTQ vandalism on the Hill, plus a downtown right-wing MAGA march planned for the same day, safety is top of mind for the organizers and participants of this year’s Trans Pride Seattle, the city’s yearly celebration of Two-Spirit, trans, gender diverse, and non-Binary people. “The best response to any anti-trans elements involved in this is to come together anyway, march, be proud, and show them that we are not going to go away,” a statement from the organizers, Gender Justice League, read. On top of that, the organizers have assembled the most substantial security team they’ve ever had to ensure the safety of all participants (and reduce the need for police presence). Allies are hoping to add more volunteer protection, and the organizers also said that people who need escorts while leaving the event can go to the volunteer coordination area to arrange for a companion to mass transit, car or nearby location. Thomas & Broadway, 5 PM, march leaves at 6

The Seattle Dyke March — and ride — is Saturday night on Broadway

FRIDAY, June 28 – SUNDAY, June 30: This weekend, celebrate past, present, and future at The Wildrose,  the longest-running lesbian bar in the country. Its 1905 building is eligible for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places, by the way. For Pride, Wildrose teams up with KEXP — GayEXP for the occasion — for Wildrose PRIDE 2019, a three day outdoor festival with live music, DJ’s such as Rikileigh, Tony Burns, Jay Hines “booty-shaking” contest, five bars, three beer stations, food from PettiRosso, beer pong, photo booth and games of corn hole. Nearby Queer/Bar will also host its own outdoor street party, Queer/Pride Festival. On the line-up: drag artists from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Silky Ganache, DJ Nitty Gritty and many more. Meanwhile, Union is teaming up with neighbors including Bar Sue to shut down 14th Ave for a “no cover,” three-day Union Pride party.  Wildrose, 6PM on Friday and 1PM on Saturday and Sunday / Queer/Bar, 6PM on Friday and 2PM on Saturday and Sunday  / Union, 4PM on Friday and 2PM on Saturday and Sunday

PrideFest Capitol Hill 2018

SATURDAY, June 29: The Capitol Hill festivities come to a crescendo on Saturday, with the free PrideFest Capitol Hill taking over Broadway with music, arts, and informational booths, plus a Family Day and Queer Youth Pride stage in Cal Anderson park — and, of course, the annual Doggy Drag Show. Seattle’s Dyke March kicks off at 5PM on Saturday at Seattle Central College, featuring music by Razor Clam, “a dreamy blend of 90’s sulk-pop & 80’s make-out music.” Top it off with Daikon//Dyke Con 2019 by/at Studio Current, a celebration of dyke icons past, present, and future. The evening is hosted by Betty Wetter and features performances by Lesbian Death Bed, Randy Ford, Moon Palace, and others. Various locations 

SUNDAY, June 30: See you downtown.

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